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Title: ALIGNMENT OF THE SCALAR GRADIENT IN EVOLVING MAGNETIC FIELDS

We conduct simulations of turbulent mixing in the presence of a magnetic field, grown by the small-scale dynamo. We show that the scalar gradient field, ∇C, which must be large for diffusion to operate, is strongly biased perpendicular to the magnetic field, B. This is true both early on, when the magnetic field is negligible, and at late times, when the field is strong enough to back react on the flow. This occurs because ∇C increases within the plane of a compressive motion, but B increases perpendicular to it. At late times, the magnetic field resists compression, making it harder for scalar gradients to grow and likely slowing mixing.
Authors:
;  [1] ;  [2]
  1. School of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University, P.O. Box 876004, Tempe, AZ 85287 (United States)
  2. Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22365535
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Astrophysical Journal Letters; Journal Volume: 790; Journal Issue: 1; Other Information: Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY; ALIGNMENT; COMPRESSION; COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION; DIFFUSION; MAGNETIC FIELDS; MAGNETOHYDRODYNAMICS; SCALARS; TURBULENCE