The Sun’s meridional circulation and interior magnetic field

Дата и время публикации : 2011-06-26T20:02:31Z

Авторы публикации и институты :
Toby S. Wood
Jeremy O. McCaslin
Pascale Garaud

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Коментарии к cтатье: 49 pages, 11 figures, in press in the Astrophysical Journal
Первичная категория: astro-ph.SR

Все категории : astro-ph.SR

Краткий обзор статьи: To date, no self-consistent numerical simulation of the solar interior has succeeded in reproducing the observed thinness of the solar tachocline, and the persistence of uniform rotation beneath it. Although it is known that the uniform rotation can be explained by the presence of a global-scale confined magnetic field, numerical simulations have thus far failed to produce any solution where such a field remains confined against outward diffusion. We argue that the problem lies in the choice of parameters for which these numerical simulations have been performed. We construct a simple analytical magneto-hydrodynamic model of the solar interior and identify several distinct parameter regimes. For realistic solar parameter values, our results are in broad agreement with the tachocline model of Gough & McIntyre. In this regime, meridional flows driven at the base of the convection zone are of sufficient amplitude to hold back the interior magnetic field against diffusion. For the parameter values used in existing numerical simulations, on the other hand, we find that meridional flows are significantly weaker and, we argue, unable to confine the interior field. We propose a method for selecting parameter values in future numerical models.

Category: Physics