Magnetic spherical Couette flow in linear combinations of axial and dipolar fields
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We present axisymmetric numerical calculations of the fluid flow induced in a spherical shell with inner sphere rotating and outer sphere stationary. A magnetic field is also imposed, consisting of particular linear combinations of axial and dipolar fields, chosen to make Br = 0 at either the outer sphere, or the inner, or in between. This leads to the formation of Shercliff shear layers at these particular locations. We then consider the effect of increasingly large inertial effects and show that an outer Shercliff layer is eventually destabilized, an inner Shercliff layer appears to remain stable, and an in-between Shercliff layer is almost completely disrupted even before the onset of time-dependence, which does eventually occur though.
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