A differential rotation driven dynamo in a stably stratified star
Max-Planck-Institut für Astrophysik, Karl-Schwarzschild-Straße 1, Postfach 1317, 85741 Garching, Germany e-mail: email@example.com
Accepted: 1 December 2005
We present numerical simulations of a self-sustaining magnetic field in a differentially rotating non-convective stellar interior. A weak initial field is wound up by the differential rotation; the resulting azimuthal field becomes unstable and produces a new meridional field component, which is then wound up anew, thus completing the “dynamo loop”. This effect is observed both with and without a stable stratification. A self-sustained field is actually obtained more easily in the presence of a stable stratification. The results confirm the analytical expectations of the role of Tayler instability.
Key words: magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) / stars: magnetic fields / stars: rotation / stars: evolution / Sun: rotation / instabilities
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