Two-dimensional magnetohydrodynamic turbulence in the small magnetic Prandtl number limit
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In this paper we introduce a new method for computations of two-dimensional magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) turbulence at low magnetic Prandtl number $\Pra=\nu/\eta$. When $\Pra \ll 1$, the magnetic field dissipates at a scale much larger than the velocity field. The method we utilise is a novel hybrid contour--spectral method, the ``Combined Lagrangian Advection Method'', formally to integrate the equations with zero viscous dissipation. The method is compared with a standard pseudo-spectral method for decreasing $\Pra$ for the problem of decaying two-dimensional MHD turbulence. The method is shown to agree well for a wide range of imposed magnetic field strengths. Examples of problems for which such a method may prove invaluable are also given.
Dritschel , D G & Tobias , S 2012 , ' Two-dimensional magnetohydrodynamic turbulence in the small magnetic Prandtl number limit ' Journal of Fluid Mechanics , vol 703 , pp. 85-98 . DOI: 10.1017/jfm.2012.195
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