Dynamos in Stellar Convection Zones: of Wreaths and Cycles

Type Journal Article
Names Benjamin Brown
Publication Journal of Physics Conference Series
Volume 271
Pages 2064
Date January 1, 2011
Short Title Dynamos in Stellar Convection Zones
URL http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2011JPhCS.271a2064B
Library Catalog NASA ADS
Abstract We live near a magnetic star whose cycles of activity are driven by dynamo action beneath the surface. In the solar convection zone, rotation couples with plasma motions to build highly organized magnetic fields that erupt at the surface and undergo relatively regular cycles of polarity reversal. Despite our proximity to the Sun, the nature of its dynamo remains elusive, but observations of other solar-type stars show that surface magnetism is a nearly ubiquitous feature. In recent time, numerical simulations of convection and dynamo action have taken tremendous strides forward. Global-scale organization and cyclic magnetism are being achieved by several groups in distinctly different solar and stellar simulations. Here I will talk about advances on the numerical front including wreath-building dynamos that may occupy stellar convection zones. I will discuss the interplay between the new simulations, various classes of mean-field models, and current and upcoming solar and stellar observations.
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