MHDTURB: Non-universal statistics in

magnetohydrodynamic turbulence


magnetosphere, the dynamics of the interstellar medium, etc. However, observations, simulations and theory to date are unable to provide a definitive answer to the power law scaling of the energy spectrum of magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) turbulent flows. Hence, universality in MHD has been questioned by many authors in terms of various arguments such as dependence on initial conditions, non-locality, strong anisotropy, lack of self-preservation. Below you can find an overview of the results of this project.

  1. Bullet Structures and dynamics of small scales in decaying magnetohydrodynamic turbulence [link]

  2. Bullet Topological properties (e.g. QR plots) are an effective measure of non-universal behaviour of the dynamics of MHD turbulent flows.

Turbulence is a multi-scale phenomenon ubiquitous in numerous astrophysical phenomena. The precise power law scaling of the energy distribution among scales has implications to the prediction of numerous astrophysical phenomena, such as the heating rates of the solar corona and acceleration of the solar wind, the transport of mass and energy into the Earth’s

  1. Bullet Origins of the k−2 spectrum in decaying Taylor-Green magnetohydrodynamic turbulent flows [link]

  2. Bullet Strong current sheets are responsible for the E(k) ~ k−2 spectrum, not weak turbulence.

  1. Bullet Symmetry breaking of decaying magnetohydrodynamic Taylor-Green flows and consequences for universality [link] (see PRE Kaleidoscope)

  2. Bullet For any perturbation amplitude, no matter how small, there is a high enough Reynolds number for which the symmetries will break by the time of maximum dissipation rate (tpeak).

  1. Bullet Symmetry breaking modifies the scaling laws of the energy spectra at tpeak away from the k−2 scaling and towards the classical k−5/3 and k−3/2 power laws.

  2. Bullet In the large scales where the symmetries are not broken, we expect a k−2 energy spectrum, while small scales recover the k−5/3 spectrum.

  1. Bullet The signature of initial conditions on magnetohydrodynamic turbulence [link]

  2. Bullet Initial long-range correlations between u and j create enormous and strong current sheets that dominate the energy spectrum.

  1. Bullet Even though a large population of current sheets forms spontaneously and randomly in MHD, in this case the integral length scale of a current sheet was almost the size of the box.

  2. Bullet Curling of the current sheets modifies the scaling of the energy spectrum from k−2 towards k−5/3 as Reynolds number increases.

  1. Bullet Self-organisation and non-linear dynamics in driven magnetohydrodynamic turbulent flows [link]

  2. Bullet Early considerations of freely decaying MHD turbulence involve the processes of selective decay [15]. MHD, having three ideal invariants, is known to decay for very long times into different attractors depending on the initial ratio of these invariants. Here we show that forced MHD turbulent flows can become self-organised and statistics can be significantly affected by the time spent on the self-organised states.

  1. Bullet These results have important theoretical implications for the understanding of the suppression of non-linearities in plasma fusion devises as well as in astrophysical observations.

  1. Bullet Our results suggest an alternative scenario for interpreting the k−2 energy spectrum observed in the Jovian magnetosphere.