The Inverse Cascade in Turbulent Dynamos

  • Axel Brandenburg
Part of the NATO Science Series book series (NAII, volume 26)


The emergence of a large scale magnetic field from randomly forced isotropic strongly helical flows is discussed in terms of the inverse cascade of magnetic helicity and the α-effect. In simulations of such flows the maximum field strength exceeds the equipartition field strength for large scale separation. However, helicity conservation controls the speed at which this final state is reached. In the presence of open boundaries magnetic helicity fluxes out of the domain are possible. This reduces the timescales of the field growth, but it also tends to reduce the maximum attainable field strength.


Magnetic Energy Magnetic Helicity Large Scale Field Large Scale Magnetic Field Dynamo Theory 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Axel Brandenburg
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.NorditaCopenhagen ØDenmark
  2. 2.Mathematics DepartmentUniv. of NewcastleUK

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