What is it about?
The paper illustrates that even a very symmetric flow of plasma with zero helicity - called the no-cosines flow - can drive a fast dynamo, i.e. that even a simple flow can amplify an initially weak magnetic field.
Why is it important?
It turns out that in addition to a high growth rate, the dynamo saturates at a level significantly higher than normal turbulent dynamos, namely at exact equipartition, i.e. with a relatively high energy level. Visualization of the magnetic and velocity fields at saturation will help us to understand some of the aspects of the non-linear dynamo problem.
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This page is a summary of: On the Saturation of Astrophysical Dynamos: Numerical Experiments with the No-Cosines Flow, Solar Physics, October 2004, Springer Science + Business Media, DOI: 10.1007/s11207-005-5700-4.
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