Axel Brandenburg


I am working in the field of astrophysical fluid dynamics. I am particularly interested in the magnetic field generation from turbulent motions with applications to the Sun and stars, accretion discs, galaxies, and the early Universe. I have been working on accretion disc turbulence to show that the magneto-rotational and dynamo instabilities lead to a sustained doubly-positive feedback. Recently, I have contributed to clarifying the long-standing question of the suppression of the dynamo effect in generating large-scale fields. I am also responsible for the maintenance of the Pencil Code, which is a public domain code ( for astrophysical fluid dynamics that is well suited for large clusters with distributed memory.

Brandenburg, A., Kahniashvili, T., & Tevzadze, A. G.: 2015, ``Nonhelical
inverse transfer of a decaying turbulent magnetic field,'' Phys. Rev. Lett.
114, 075001

Brandenburg, A., Kleeorin, N., & Rogachevskii, I.: 2013, ``Self-assembly of
shallow magnetic spots through strongly stratified turbulence,'' Astrophys.
J. Lett. 776, L23

Brandenburg, A., & Multamäki, T.: 2004, ``How long can left and right handed
life forms coexist?'' Int. J. Astrobiol. 3, 209-219