Oughton, S., Dmitruk, P. & Matthaeus, W. H. (2004). Reduced magnetohydrodynamics and parallel spectral transfer. Physics of Plasmas, 11, 2214 .
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The self-consistency of the reduced magnetohydrodynamics (RMHD) model is explored by examining whether (parallel) spectral transfer might invalidate the assumptions employed in deriving it. Using direct numerical simulations we find that transfer of energy to structures with high parallel wavenumber is in fact limited by ongoing perpendicular transfer. Thus, the dynamics associated with RMHD models remains consistent with the underlying assumptions of RMHD. In particular, in well-resolved simulations it is neither necessary nor correct to introduce additional dissipation terms that (artificially) damp spectral transfer parallel to the mean magnetic field B0.
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