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Differential rotation and convection in the Sun

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We show that the differential rotation profile of the solar convection zone, apart from inner and outer boundary layers, can be reproduced with great accuracy if the isorotation contours correspond to characteristics of the thermal wind equation. This requires that there be a formal quantitative relationship involving the entropy and the angular velocity. Earlier work has suggested that this could arise from magnetohydrodynamic stability constraints; here, we argue that purely hydrodynamical ...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Physics, Astrophysics
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Journal:
MONTHLY NOTICES OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY
Volume:
400
Issue:
1
Pages:
176-182
Publication date:
2009-11-21
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EISSN:
1365-2966
ISSN:
0035-8711
URN:
uuid:e3c4f6f2-be0c-4642-a289-8966d2818ee6
Source identifiers:
333903
Local pid:
pubs:333903

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