Energy transfer in twodimensional magnetohydrodynamic turbulence
Abstract
In an earlier paper (physics/0006012) we had developed a method for computing the effective energy transfer between any two Fourier modes in fluid or magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) flows. This method is applied to a pseudospectral, direct numerical simulation (DNS) study of energy transfer in the quasisteady state of 2D MHD turbulence with large scale kinetic forcing. Two aspects of energy transfer are studied: the energy fluxes, and the energy transfer between different wavenumber regions ({\it shells}). The picture of energy fluxes that emerges is quite complex  there is a forward cascade of magnetic energy, an inverse cascade of kinetic energy, a flux of energy from the kinetic to the magnetic field, and a reverse flux which transfers the energy back to the kinetic from the magnetic. The energy transfer between different wave number shells is also complex  local and nonlocal transfers often possess opposing features, i.e., energy transfer between some wave number shells occurs from kinetic to magnetic, and between other wave number shells this transfer is reversed. The net transfer of energy is from kinetic to magnetic. The results obtained from the flux studies and the shelltoshell energy transfer studies are consistent with each other.
 Publication:

arXiv eprints
 Pub Date:
 October 1998
 DOI:
 10.48550/arXiv.chaodyn/9810032
 arXiv:
 arXiv:chaodyn/9810032
 Bibcode:
 1998chao.dyn.10032D
 Keywords:

 Chaotic Dynamics;
 Nonlinear Sciences  Chaotic Dynamics
 EPrint:
 31 pages (22 pages LaTeX + 9 postscript figures), submitted to Physics of Plasmas, also see physics/0006012