Flow-turbulence interaction in magnetic reconnection

Yokoi, N.; Hoshino, M.
November 2011
Physics of Plasmas;Nov2011, Vol. 18 Issue 11, p111208
Academic Journal
Roles of turbulence in the context of magnetic reconnection are investigated with special emphasis on the mutual interaction between flow (large-scale inhomogeneous structure) and turbulence. In order to evaluate the effective transport due to turbulence, in addition to the intensity information of turbulence represented by the turbulent energy, the structure information represented by pseudoscalar statistical quantities (helicities) is important. On the basis of the evolution equation, mechanisms that provide turbulence with cross helicity are presented. Magnetic-flux freezing in highly turbulent media is considered with special emphasis on the spatial distribution of the turbulent cross helicity. The cross-helicity effects in the context of magnetic reconnection are also investigated. It is shown that the large-scale flow and magnetic-field configurations favorable for the cross-helicity generation is compatible with the fast reconnection. Difference between the spatial distributions of the turbulent MHD energy and cross helicity plays an essential role for localizing the reconnection region. In this sense, turbulence and large-scale structures promote magnetic reconnection mediated by the turbulent cross helicity.


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