Numerical experiments on dynamo action in sheared and rotating turbulence
Abstract
Numerical simulations of forced turbulence in elongated shearing boxes are carried out to demonstrate that a nonhelical turbulence in conjunction with a linear shear can give rise to a meanfield dynamo. Exponential growth of magnetic field at scales larger than the outer (forcing) scale of the turbulence is found. Over a range of values of the shearing rate S spanning approximately two orders of magnitude, the growth rate of the magnetic field is proportional to the imposed shear, γ∝ S, while the characteristic spatial scale of the field is ∝ S^{1/2}. The effect is quite general: earlier results for the nonrotating case by \cite{}Yousef et al. (2008) are extended to shearing boxes with Keplerian rotation; it is also shown that the shear dynamo mechanism operates both below and above the threshold for the fluctuation dynamo. The apparently generic nature of the shear dynamo effect makes it an attractive object of study for the purpose of understanding the generation of magnetic fields in astrophysical systems.
 Publication:

Astronomische Nachrichten
 Pub Date:
 September 2008
 DOI:
 10.1002/asna.200811018
 arXiv:
 arXiv:0807.1122
 Bibcode:
 2008AN....329..737Y
 Keywords:

 magnetic fields;
 magnetohydrodynamics (MHD);
 turbulence;
 Astrophysics
 EPrint:
 13 pages, 10 figures, version published in Astronomische Nachrichten