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Analytic solution of an oscillatory migratory alpha(2) stellar dynamo
Stockholm University, Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics (Nordita). Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Astronomy. University of Colorado, USA; .
Number of Authors: 1
2017 (English)In: Astronomy and Astrophysics, ISSN 0004-6361, E-ISSN 1432-0746, Vol. 598, A117Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Context. Analytic solutions of the mean-field induction equation predict a nonoscillatory dynamo for homogeneous helical turbulence or constant alpha effect in unbounded or periodic domains. Oscillatory dynamos are generally thought impossible for constant alpha.

Aims. We present an analytic solution for a one-dimensional bounded domain resulting in oscillatory solutions for constant alpha, but different (Dirichlet and von Neumann or perfect conductor and vacuum) boundary conditions on the two boundaries.

Methods. We solve a second order complex equation and superimpose two independent solutions to obey both boundary conditions.

Results. The solution has time-independent energy density. On one end where the function value vanishes, the second derivative is finite, which would not be correctly reproduced with sine-like expansion functions where a node coincides with an inflection point. The field always migrates away from the perfect conductor boundary toward the vacuum boundary, independently of the sign of alpha.

Conclusions. The obtained solution may serve as a benchmark for numerical dynamo experiments and as a pedagogical illustration that oscillatory migratory dynamos are possible with constant alpha.

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2017. Vol. 598, A117
Keyword [en]
dynamo, magnetohydrodynamics (MHD), magnetic fields, Sun: magnetic fields, stars: magnetic field
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Physical Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-142520DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201630033ISI: 000394465000116OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-142520DiVA: diva2:1094281
Available from: 2017-05-09 Created: 2017-05-09 Last updated: 2017-05-09Bibliographically approved

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