Publication Date:
2019-07-12

Description:
The compressible extensions of time asymptotic relaxation states of incompressible two-dimensional magnetohydrodynamic turbulence are studied. A polytropic equation of state is used with viscous and resistive dissipation. The incompressible case is known to allow three distinct time asymptotic types of behavior: magnetic energy dominated relaxation, kinetic energy dominated relaxation, and cross helicity dominated relaxation. At low Mach numbers the incompressible scenario is reproducible from the compressible simulations, and compressibility plays only a secondary role. At moderate, but still subsonic, Mach numbers the distinct incompressible processes are still recognizable, but strong compressibility features dominate the high-wave-number regime of several simulations. In particular, the magnetic and kinetic energy dominated simulations display regions of strong acoustic turbulence near the dissipation scale.

Keywords:
PLASMA PHYSICS

Type:
Physics of Fluids B (ISSN 0899-8221); 2; 1520-153

Format:
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