Solar Physics

, Volume 78, Issue 1, pp 3–16 | Cite as

A magnetic core in the Sun? The solar rotator

  • R. H. Dicke


The previously found solar distortion rotating rigidly and wave-like on the surface with a ∼ 12 day period is interpreted as the shape of the gravitational potential induced by the solar core distorted by an internal magnetic field and rotating rigidly with this period. The distortion does not have a symmetry axis and the necessary magnetic field is not compatible with the axial symmetry required of a quasi-static field locked in the rotating core. It is concluded that if the solar distortion is due to such a process the core is oscillating with a very long period, a toroidal oscillation with a period of the order of years.


Magnetic Field Axial Symmetry Gravitational Potential Magnetic Core Solar Rotator 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. H. Dicke
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  1. 1.Joseph Henry Laboratories, Physics DepartmentPrinceton UniversityPrincetonU.S.A.

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