The ratio R1 between the average magnetic energy and the square-averaged flux plays an important role in the study of nonlinear dynamos, as a measure of the efficiency of a dynamo at generating flux. For large values of Rm, R1 displays a scaling behavior of the type R1∼Rm n, where Rm is the magnetic Reynolds number. We show by direct numerical evaluation that n depends sensitively on the flow complexity for small-scale dynamos. Furthermore, by relating n to the cancellation exponent and the correlation dimension of the magnetic field, we argue that n is not likely to be close to zero in general.
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