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Paper: Multifluid Magnetohydrodynamic Turbulence in Weakly Ionised Astrophysical Plasmas
Volume: 459, 6th International Conference of Numerical Modeling of Space Plasma Flows (ASTRONUM 2011)
Page: 15
Authors: Downes, T. P.
Abstract: Initial results from simulations of 4-fluid MHD turbulence in molecular clouds are presented. The species included in the simulations are ions, electrons, negatively charged dust grains and neutrals. The results indicate that, on length scales of a few tenths of a parsec, multifluid effects have a significant impact on the properties of the turbulence. In particular, the power spectra of the velocity and magnetic fields are significantly softened, while the PDF of the densities of the charged and neutral fluids are appreciably different. Indeed, the magnetic field strength displays much less spatial structure on all lengthscales up to 1 pc than in the ideal MHD case. The assumptions of ideal MHD therefore appear to be inadequate for simulating turbulence in molecular clouds at these length scales.
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