Reversal sequence in a multiple scale dynamo mechanism

  • Narteau C
  • Blanter E
  • Le Mouël J
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Abstract

We investigate the temporal evolution of the magnetic dipole field intensity of the Earth through a multiscale dynamo mechanism. On a large range of spatio-temporal scales, the helical motions of the fluid flow are given by a schematic model of a fully developed turbulence. The system construction is symmetric with respect to left-handed and right-handed cyclones. The multiscale cyclonic turbulence coupled with a differential rotation (schematic αω dynamo) or alone (schematic α2dynamo) is the ingredient of the loop through which poloidal and toroidal fields are built from one another. Two kinds of reaction of the magnetic field on the flow are considered: the presence of a magnetic field first favours a larger-scale organization of the flow, and, second, impedes this flow by the effect of growing Lorentz forces. We obtain the general features of the geomagnetic field intensity observed over geological times and describe a general mechanism for reversals, excursions and secular variation. The mechanism happens to keep a memory during the chrons and loose it during the events (excursions and inversions). (C) 2000 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Cascade
  • Dynamo
  • Geomagnetism
  • Hierarchical system
  • Reversal and excursion

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Authors

  • C. Narteau

  • E. Blanter

  • J. L. Le Mouël

  • M. Shirnman

  • C. J. Allègre

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