A discrete Nambu bracket for 2D extended Magnetohydrodynamics

In this note we propose a trilinear bracket formulation for the Hamiltonian extended Magnetohydrodynamics (XMHD) model with homogeneous mass density. The corresponding two-dimensional representation is derived by performing spatial reduction on the three-dimensional bracket, upon introducing a symmetric representation for the field variables. Subsequently, the trilinear bracket of the resulting two-dimensional, four-field model is discretized using a finite difference scheme, which results in semi-discrete dynamics that involve the Arakawa Jacobian. Simulations of planar dynamics show that this scheme respects the desired conservation properties to high precision.