pure and applied geophysics

, Volume 109, Issue 1, pp 1781–1788 | Cite as

Excitation of hide waves in the core due to transient-spatially periodic stress in the lower mantle

  • Rishi Narain Singh


Forced hydromagnetic oscillations in the outer core due to stress at its top are studied by means of a simple linear theoretical model originally proposed byHide [1] for the free oscillation studies. Both the magnetic and the inertial modes are excited. The expressions for the velocity, magnetic and vorticity fields are presented for a variety of stresses. They depend upon the wave number and frequency. In a numerical example wherein the stress varies periodically both in the space and the time, the amplitude of the induced magnetic field is found to be significant for reasonable values of various parameters.


Vorticity Magnetic Mode Lower Mantle Outer Core Vorticity Field 
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© Birkhäuser-Verlag 1973

Authors and Affiliations

  • Rishi Narain Singh
    • 1
  1. 1.Physics DepartmentMemorial University of NewfoundlandSt. John’sCanada

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