Probability Density Functions in Homogeneous and Isotropic Magneto-Hydrodynamic Turbulence

Jan Friedrich
2020 Atmosphere  
We derive a hierarchy of evolution equations for multi-point probability density functions in magneto-hydrodynamic (MHD) turbulence. We discuss the relation to the moment hierarchy in MHD turbulence formulated by Chandrasekhar (S. Chandrasekhar, Proc. R. Soc. Lond. A 1951, 204, 435–449) and derive a functional equation for a joint characteristic functional, which can be considered as the analogon to the Hopf functional in hydrodynamic turbulence. Furthermore, we develop a closure method for the
more » ... sure method for the evolution equation of the single-point magnetic field probability density function, which is based on a joint Gaussian assumption for unclosed terms. It is explicitly shown that this closure, together with the assumptions of homogeneity and isotropy, leads to vanishing nonlinear terms. We discuss the implications of this finding for magnetic field generation and give a brief outlook on an axisymmetric theory, which includes a mean magnetic field.
doi:10.3390/atmos11040382 fatcat:eyff2abbm5e7hbmtgerp5o6p7u