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A viscoelastic theory of turbulent fluid permeated with fibril magnetic fields

By D.W. Longcope, T.C.B. McLeish and G.H. Fisher

Abstract

The solar convection zone is a turbulent plasma interacting with a magnetic field. Its magnetic field is often\ud described as fibrillar since it consists of slender flux tubes occupying a small fraction of the total volume. It is\ud well known that plasma flow will exert a force on these magnetic fibrils, but few models have accounted for\ud the back-reaction of the fibrils on the flow. We present a model in which the back-reaction of the fibrils on the\ud flow is manifest as viscoelastic properties. On short timescales the fibrils react elastically with a shear modulus\ud proportional to their overall magnetic energy density. On longer timescales they produce an effective viscosity\ud resulting from collective aerodynamic drag. The viscosity due to flux tubes in the solar convection zone can\ud be comparable to that attributed to turbulence there. These forces might have observable effects on the\ud convection zone flows

Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Year: 2003
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.whiterose.ac.uk:1501

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