Magnetic Fields from QCD Phase Transitions

Tevzadze, Alexander and Kisslinger, Leonard and Brandenburg, Axel and Kahniashvili, Tina (2012) Magnetic Fields from QCD Phase Transitions. Astrophysical Journal, 759. pp. 54-62.


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We study the evolution of QCD phase transition-generated magnetic fields (MFs) in freely decaying MHD turbulence of the expanding universe. We consider an MF generation model that starts from basic non-perturbative QCD theory and predicts stochastic MFs with an amplitude of the order of 0.02 μG and small magnetic helicity. We employ direct numerical simulations to model the MHD turbulence decay and identify two different regimes: a "weakly helical" turbulence regime, when magnetic helicity increases during decay, and "fully helical" turbulence, when maximal magnetic helicity is reached and an inverse cascade develops. The results of our analysis show that in the most optimistic scenario the magnetic correlation length in the comoving frame can reach 10 kpc with the amplitude of the effective MF being 0.007 nG. We demonstrate that the considered model of magnetogenesis can provide the seed MF for galaxies and clusters.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Q Science > QC Physics
Depositing User: Prof. Tina Kahniashvili
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2014 20:43
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2015 07:08

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