Production of a Chiral Magnetic Anomaly with Emerging Turbulence and Mean-Field Dynamo Action

Jennifer Schober, Igor Rogachevskii, Axel Brandenburg

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Abstract

In relativistic magnetized plasmas, asymmetry in the number densities of left- and right-handed fermions, i.e., a nonzero chiral chemical potential μ5, leads to an electric current along the magnetic field. This causes a chiral dynamo instability for a uniform μ5, but our simulations reveal a dynamo even for fluctuating μ5 with zero mean. It produces magnetically dominated turbulence and generates mean magnetic fields via the magnetic α effect. Eventually, a universal scale-invariant k-1 spectrum of μ5 and a k-3 magnetic spectrum are formed independently of the initial condition.

Original languageEnglish
Article number065002
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume128
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 11 Feb 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy

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