Articles | Volume 9, issue 3/4
Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 9, 171–187, 2002
https://doi.org/10.5194/npg-9-171-2002

Special issue: Geophysical Laboratory Experiments

Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 9, 171–187, 2002
https://doi.org/10.5194/npg-9-171-2002

  31 Aug 2002

31 Aug 2002

On the mean-field theory of the Karlsruhe Dynamo Experiment

K.-H. Rädler, M. Rheinhardt, E. Apstein, and H. Fuchs K.-H. Rädler et al.
  • Astrophysical Institute Potsdam, An der Sternwarte 16, D-15482 Potsdam, Germany

Abstract. In the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe an experiment has been constructed which demonstrates a homogeneous dynamo as is expected to exist in the Earth's interior. This experiment is discussed within the framework of mean-field dynamo theory. The main predictions of this theory are explained and compared with the experimental results.

Key words. Dynamo, geodynamo, dynamo experiment, mean-field dynamo theory, a-effect