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The relativistic electro-vortical field—revisiting magneto-genesis and allied problems

16 Nov 2016-Physics of Plasmas (AIP Publishing)-Vol. 23, Iss: 11, pp 112104
TL;DR: Mahajan et al. as mentioned in this paper proposed a very general Electro-Vortical (EV) field to describe the dynamics of a perfect relativistic fluid, similar to the electromagnetic field Fμν, which unified the macroscopic forces into a single grand force that is the weighted sum of the electromagnetic and the inertial/thermal forces.
Abstract: Following the idea of MagnetoFluid unification [S. M. Mahajan, Phys. Rev. Lett. 90, 035001 (2003)], a very general Electro-Vortical (EV) field is constructed to describe the dynamics of a perfect relativistic fluid. Structurally similar to the electromagnetic field Fμν, the Electro-Vortical field Mνμ unifies the macroscopic forces into a single grand force that is the weighted sum of the electromagnetic and the inertial/thermal forces. The new effective force may be viewed either as a vortico-thermal generalization of the electromagnetic force or as the electromagnetic generalization of the vortico-thermal forces that a fluid element experiences in course of its evolution. Two fundamental consequences follow from this grand unification: (1) emergences of a new helicity that is conserved for arbitrary thermodynamics and (2) the entire dynamics is formally expressible as an MHD (magnetohydrodynamics) like ideal Ohm's law in which the “electric” and “magnetic” components of the EV field replace the standard electric and magnetic fields. In the light of these more and more encompassing conserved helicities, the “scope and significance” of the classical problem of magneto-genesis (need for a seed field to get a dynamo started) is reexamined. It is shown that in models more advanced than MHD, looking for exotic seed-generation mechanisms (like the baroclinic thermodynamics) should not constitute a fundamental pursuit; the totally ideal dynamics is perfectly capable of generating and sustaining magnetic fields entirely within its own devices. For a specified thermodynamics, a variety of exact and semi exact self-consistent analytical solutions for equilibrium magnetic and flow fields are derived for a single species charged fluid. The scale lengths of the fields are determined by two natural scale lengths: the skin depth and the gradient length of the thermodynamic quantities. Generally, the skin depth, being the shorter (even much shorter) than the gradient length, will characterize the kinetic-magnetic reservoir of short scale energy that will drive the dynamo as well as reverse dynamo action—the creation of large scale magnetic and flow fields.
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TL;DR: In this paper, the authors construct a magnetic helicity conserving dynamo theory which incorporates a calculated magnetic heli-ity current, which plays a small role in large scale magnetic field generation.
Abstract: We construct a magnetic helicity conserving dynamo theory which incorporates a calculated magnetic helicity current. In this model the fluid helicity plays a small role in large scale magnetic field generation. Instead, the dynamo process is dominated by a new quantity, derived from asymmetries in the second derivative of the velocity correlation function, closely related to the `twist and fold' dynamo model. The turbulent damping term is, as expected, almost unchanged. Numerical simulations with a spatially constant fluid helicity and vanishing resistivity are not expected to generate large scale fields in equipartition with the turbulent energy density. The prospects for driving a fast dynamo under these circumstances are uncertain, but if it is possible, then the field must be largely force-free. On the other hand, there is an efficient analog to the $\alpha-\Omega$ dynamo. Systems whose turbulence is driven by some anisotropic local instability in a shearing flow, like real stars and accretion disks, and some computer simulations, may successfully drive the generation of strong large scale magnetic fields, provided that $\partial_r\Omega >0$. We show that this criterion is usually satisfied. Such dynamos will include a persistent, spatially coherent vertical magnetic helicity current with the same sign as $-\partial_r\Omega$, that is, positive for an accretion disk and negative for the Sun. We comment on the role of random magnetic helicity currents in storing turbulent energy in a disordered magnetic field, which will generate an equipartition, disordered field in a turbulent medium, and also a declining long wavelength tail to the power spectrum. As a result, calculations of the galactic `seed' field are largely irrelevant.

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TL;DR: In this article, the spin-electron acoustic wave mechanism was used to explain the superconductivity of ferromagnetic, ferrimagnetic, and antiferromagnetic materials.
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TL;DR: In this article, the spin-electron acoustic wave mechanism was used to explain the superconductivity of ferromagnetic, ferrimagnetic and antiferromagnetic materials, and the transition temperature has a strong dependence on the electron concentration and the spin polarization of the electrons.
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TL;DR: In this article, a multispecies degenerate astrophysical plasma consisting of two electron species (at different temperatures): a highly degenerate main component plus a smaller classical relativistic flow immersed in a static neutralizing ion background is studied, and it is shown that the high frequency electromagnetic waves through their strong nonlinear interactions with the electron-acoustic waves can scatter to lower frequencies so that the radiation observed faraway will be spectrally shifted downward.
Abstract: Nonlinear wave-coupling is studied in a multispecies degenerate astrophysical plasma consisting of two electron species (at different temperatures): a highly degenerate main component plus a smaller classical relativistic flow immersed in a static neutralizing ion background. It is shown that the high frequency electromagnetic waves through their strong nonlinear interactions with the electron-acoustic waves [sustained by a multielectron component (degenerate) plasma surrounding a compact astrophysical object] can scatter to lower frequencies so that the radiation observed faraway will be spectrally shifted downward. It is also shown that, under definite conditions, the electromagnetic waves could settle into stationary solitonic states. It is expected that the effects of such structures may persist as detectable signatures in forms of modulated micropulses in the radiation observed far away from the accreting compact object. Both these effects will advance our abilities to interpret the radiation coming out of the compact objects.

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