Thermal conduction in a tangled magnetic field

Benjamin D.G. Chandran, Steven C. Cowley

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The suppression of thermal conduction by a static stochastic magnetic field is calculated for different ratios of the field scale length to the collisional mean free path. The effects of magnetic trapping are determined through a two-scale analysis and Monte Carlo particle simulations. In galaxy-cluster cooling flows, thermal conductivity is reduced from the Spitzer value by a factor of order 102 to 103.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3077-3080
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number14
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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