Kinematic α effect in the presence of a large-scale motion

Alice Courvoisier, Eun Jin Kim

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We investigate how the addition of a large-scale steady motion, either shear or uniform flow, modifies the magnetic transport properties of a family of chaotic velocity fields with different correlation times. We compute numerically the kinematic α effect that those flows give rise to and show that it is reduced by the presence of a large-scale motion parallel to the large-scale magnetic field, except under certain conditions when it can be slightly enhanced via resonances. The α effect is shown to depend on the nature of the large-scale motion and on the temporal characteristics of the chaotic flow. These results highlight the strong influence that a shear or a uniform flow can have on the turbulent transport of magnetic fields.

Original languageEnglish
Article number046308
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 9 Oct 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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