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Magnetic field intermittency and fast dynamo action in random helical flows

  • Andrew D. Gilbert (a1) and B. J. Bayly (a2)

Abstract

The evolution of passive magnetic fields is considered in random flows made up of single helical waves. In the absence of molecular diffusion the growth rates of all moments of a magnetic field are calculated analytically, and it is found that the field becomes increasingly intermittent with time. The evolution of normal modes of the ensemble-averaged field is determined; it is shown that the flows considered give fast dynamo action, and magnetic field modes with either sign of magnetic helicity may grow.

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Magnetic field intermittency and fast dynamo action in random helical flows

  • Andrew D. Gilbert (a1) and B. J. Bayly (a2)

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