Highbeta turbulence in twodimensional magnetohydrodynamics
Abstract
Incompressible turbulent flows were investigated in the framework of ideal magnetohydrodynamics. Equilibrium canonical distributions are determined in a phase whose coordinates are the real and imaginary parts of the Fourier coefficients for the field variables. The magnetic field and fluid velocity have variable x and y components, and all field quantities are independent of z. Three constants of the motion are found which survive the truncation in Fourier space and permit the construction of canonical distributions with three independent temperatures. Spectral densities are calculated. One of the more novel physical effects is the appearance of macroscopic structures involving long wavelength, selfgenerated, magnetic fields ("magnetic islands"). In the presence of finite dissipation, energy cascades to higher wave numbers can be accompanied by vector potential cascades to lower wave numbers, in much the same way that in the fluid dynamic case, energy cascades to lower wave numbers accompany entropy cascades to higher wave numbers.
 Publication:

Unknown
 Pub Date:
 December 1975
 Bibcode:
 1975hbtt.book.....F
 Keywords:

 Magnetohydrodynamic Turbulence;
 Magnetohydrodynamics;
 Two Dimensional Flow;
 Canonical Forms;
 Fourier Transformation;
 Incompressible Flow;
 Laser Heating;
 Magnetic Fields;
 Vorticity;
 Plasma Physics