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Constraints on the solar internal magnetic field from a buoyancy driven solar dynamo

Nandi, Dibyendu (2002) Constraints on the solar internal magnetic field from a buoyancy driven solar dynamo. In: Astrophysics and Space Science, 282 (1). 209-219 .

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Abstract

We report here results from a dynamo model developed on the lines of the Babcock-Leighton idea that the poloidal field is generated at the surface of the Sun from the decay of active regions. In this model magnetic buoyancy is handled with a realistic recipe - wherein toroidal flux is made to erupt from the overshoot layer wherever it exceeds a specified critical field B-C (10(5) G). The erupted toroidal field is then acted upon by the alpha-effect near the surface to give rise to the poloidal field. In this paper we study the effect of buoyancy on the dynamo generated magnetic fields. Specifically, we show that the mechanism of buoyant eruption and the subsequent depletion of the toroidal field inside the overshoot layer, is capable of constraining the magnitude and distribution of the magnetic field there. We also believe that a critical study of this mechanism may give us new information regarding the solar interior and end with an example, where we propose a method for estimating an upper limit of the difusivity within the overshoot layer.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Springer.
Keywords: Sun;Dynamo;Magnetic Buoyancy;Overshoot;Tachocline
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2011 10:25
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2011 10:25
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/39071

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