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Dynamically consistent nonlinear dynamos driven by convection in a rotating spherical shell. II - Dynamos with cycles and strong feedbacks
Gilman, P. A.
AA(High Altitude Observatory, Boulder, CO)
Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series (ISSN 0067-0049), vol. 53, Oct. 1983, p. 243-268. (ApJS Homepage)
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Solar Physics
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Convective Flow, Dynamo Theory, Nonlinear Feedback, Solar Magnetic Field, Solar Rotation, Stellar Models, Energy Spectra, Kinetic Energy, Magnetic Effects, Rotating Spheres, Solar Physics, Spherical Shells, Stellar Magnetic Fields, Stellar Rotation
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Nonlinear dynamos with cycles and strong feedback are investigated theoretically. The convectively driven dynamo model of Gilman and Miller (1981) is applied to cases with viscosity and thermal diffusivity reduced by a factor of 10, so that weaker global convection drives an equatorial acceleration of solar magnitude and profile, and differential rotation (DR) makes up nearly 80 percent of the system kinetic energy. The schematics of the dynamo process are introduced, and the design of the calculations is outlined. The results are discussed in terms of the onset of dynamo action, the phenomenology of cyclic solutions, symmetry preservation and switching, total energy statistics, the maintenance of convection and DR against dissipation and feedbacks, changes in DR profiles, maintenance of toroidal and poloidal fields, kinetic and magnetic energy spectra, and applications to the sun and stars. It is found that the model gives cyclic dynamos with periods one order of magnitude shorter than that of the sun. Drawings and graphs illustrating the findings are provided.

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