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In: Contributions to Geophysics and Geodesy, vol. 46, no. 3
Ján Šimkanin

Hydromagnetic dynamos at the low Ekman and magnetic Prandtl numbers

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Year, pages: 2016, 221 - 244
Keywords: Hydromagnetic dynamo, Prandtl number, Magnetic Prandtl number, Inertial forces

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Hydromagnetic dynamos are numerically investigated at low Prandtl, Ekman and magnetic Prandtl numbers using the PARODY dynamo code. In all the investigated cases, the generated magnetic fields are dominantly-dipolar. Convection is small-scale and columnar, while the magnetic field maintains its large-scale structure. In this study the generated magnetic field never becomes weak in the polar regions, neither at large magnetic Prandtl numbers (when the magnetic diffusion is weak), nor at low magnetic Prandtl numbers (when the magnetic diffusion is strong), which is a completely different situation to that observed in previous studies. As magnetic fields never become weak in the polar regions, then the magnetic field is always regenerated in the tangent cylinder. At both values of the magnetic Prandtl number, strong polar magnetic upwellings and weaker equatorial upwellings are observed. An occurrence of polar magnetic upwellings is coupled with a regenaration of magnetic fields inside the tangent cylinder and then with a not weakened intensity of magnetic fields in the polar regions. These new results indicate that inertia and viscosity are probably negligible at low Ekman numbers.

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Šimkanin, J. 2016. Hydromagnetic dynamos at the low Ekman and magnetic Prandtl numbers. In Contributions to Geophysics and Geodesy, vol. 46, no.3, pp. 221-244.

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Šimkanin, J. (2016). Hydromagnetic dynamos at the low Ekman and magnetic Prandtl numbers. Contributions to Geophysics and Geodesy, 46(3), 221-244.