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Self-organization and symmetry-breaking in two-dimensional plasma turbulence
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FIG. 1.

Visualizations of (from top to bottom) the vorticity , the stream function , the current density , and the vector potential for the square, circular, and elliptic geometries. The three columns correspond to (from left to right) the time instants of series B for which (Fig. 2) is maximal. The time is normalized by the initial turn-over time. Note that the numerical method used in the present work does not impose a zero value of and at the wall of the fluid domain. Thus a constant value was subtracted from and at every point in the fluid domain to impose this.

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FIG. 2.

Influence of the Reynolds number on the spin-up: time dependence of the absolute value of the normalized kinetic angular momentum averaged over ten simulations of series A and series B for the square, circular, and elliptic geometries, from top to bottom. Here and in the following, the angular momentum is always normalized by [and for the magnetic equivalent] corresponding to the angular momentum of a solid-body having the same initial kinetic energy.

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FIG. 3.

Comparison of series B (top) and series C (bottom). Time evolution of the angular momentum (left) and angular field (right) in the square, circular, and elliptic geometries. Only one realization is chosen from each series.

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FIG. 4.

Time evolution of angular momentum for series B . The influence of the magnetic pressure on the spin-up in the square, circle, and ellipse is illustrated by changing the ratio , while keeping fixed. The magnetic pressure is changed by varying , while keeping constant .

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FIG. 5.

Comparison of the time derivative of and the mean current . The run corresponds to one realization in the circle with and .


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Table I.

Parameters of the simulations of series A, B, and C. : number of spin-up. The initial kinetic and magnetic energies are and , respectively, for all simulations. The penalization parameter is chosen for all runs.


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Scitation: Self-organization and symmetry-breaking in two-dimensional plasma turbulence