Seismology and the dynamo: history and prospects

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The rapid advances in our knowledge and understanding of solar and stellar dynamos that resulted from the development of mean-field dynamo theory were sent into even more rapid retreat in the 1980 s by difficulties in explaining observed features of the solar cycle, and especially by the new helioseismically derived differential rotation profiles. The climb back out of the mire has been slow and uncertain. A promising-but by no means universally accepted-route is afforded by the resurrection of Babcock-Leighton (flux transport) models of the dynamo, where meridional circulation plays a dojminant conveyor belt role, aided and abetted by other near-surface flow patterns which disperse old flux poleward. In this brief overview, we review what helio-seismology has told us about meridional and near-surface flows, and muse on the prospects for improved flow measurements in the future.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSolar-Stellar Dynamos as Revealed by Helio-and Asteroseismology: GONG2008/SOHO 21
EditorsM Dikpati, T Arentoft, I Gonzalez Hernandez, C Lindsey, F Hill
Place of PublicationSan Francisco California USA
PublisherAstronomical Society of the Pacific
Pages2 - 12
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9781583817124
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventSolar-Stellar Dynamos as Revealed by Helio-and Asteroseismology: Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series - High Altitude Observatory, Boulder Colorado, United States of America
Duration: 11 Aug 200815 Aug 2008


ConferenceSolar-Stellar Dynamos as Revealed by Helio-and Asteroseismology
Abbreviated titleGONG2008/SOHO 21
CountryUnited States of America
CityBoulder Colorado
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