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Space Science Reviews

, Volume 152, Issue 1, pp 543-564

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Laboratory Dynamo Experiments

  • Gautier VerhilleAffiliated withLaboratoire de Physique de l’École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, CNRS & Université de Lyon
  • , Nicolas PlihonAffiliated withLaboratoire de Physique de l’École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, CNRS & Université de Lyon
  • , Mickael BourgoinAffiliated withLaboratoire de Physique de l’École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, CNRS & Université de LyonLaboratoire des Ecoulements Geophysiques et Industriels, CNRS/UJF/INPG UMR5519
  • , Philippe OdierAffiliated withLaboratoire de Physique de l’École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, CNRS & Université de Lyon
  • , Jean-François PintonAffiliated withLaboratoire de Physique de l’École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, CNRS & Université de Lyon Email author 

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Abstract

Since the turn of the century, experiments have produced laboratory fluid dynamos that enable a study of the effect in controlled conditions. We review here magnetic induction processes that are believed to underlie dynamo action, and we present results of these dynamo experiments. In particular, we detail progress that have been made through the study of von Kármán flows, using gallium or sodium as working fluids.

Keywords

Magnetic fields Magnetohydrodynamics Dynamo Experiments Instabilities Turbulence