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Starspots, stellar cycles and stellar flares: Lessons from solar dynamo models

Choudhuri, Arnab Rai Starspots, stellar cycles and stellar flares: Lessons from solar dynamo models. UNSPECIFIED.

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In this review, we discuss whether the present solar dynamo models can be extrapolated to explain various aspects of stellar activity. We begin with a summary of the following kinds of data for solar-like stars: (i) data pertaining to stellar cycles from Ca H/K emission over many years; (ii) X-ray data indicating hot coronal activity; (iii) starspot data (especially about giant polar spots); and (iv) data pertaining to stellar superflares. Then we describe the current status of solar dynamo modelling---giving an introduction to the flux transport dynamo model, the currently favoured model for the solar cycle. While an extrapolation of this model to solar-like stars can explain some aspects of observational data, some other aspects of the data still remain to be theoretically explained. It is not clear right now whether we need a different kind of dynamo mechanism for stars having giant starspots or producing very strong superflares.

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Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
Date Deposited: 20 May 2017 07:28
Last Modified: 20 May 2017 07:28
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/56975

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