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Title: Magnetogenesis through convection in barotropic fluids

It is shown that an unmagnetized plasma with non-uniform bulk velocity can generate magnetic fields through consideration of the non-relativistic isentropic two-fluid equations, even when the initial conditions contain with no fields or currents, uniform densities and pressures, and a divergence-free bulk velocity. This effect does not depend on the baroclinicity of the plasma and is therefore relevant even in barotropic flows, where the Biermann battery is absent. It also does not rely on kinetic effects or shear discontinuities. Instead, our magnetogenesis effect arises from convection terms proportional to the electron mass in the generalized Ohm's law. The resulting magnetic fields are typically weak but may still serve as seed fields for dynamo mechanisms.
Authors:
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  1. Department of Physics and Astronomy, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire 03755 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22408288
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Physics of Plasmas; Journal Volume: 22; Journal Issue: 4; Other Information: (c) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; CONVECTION; CURRENTS; ELECTRONS; FLUIDS; ISENTROPIC PROCESSES; MAGNETIC FIELDS; PLASMA; SHEAR; VELOCITY