© 1986

Seismology of the Sun and the Distant Stars

  • D. O. Gough

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (ASIC, volume 169)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Juri Toomre
    Pages 1-22
  3. J. Christensen-Dalsgaard
    Pages 23-53
  4. Harald M. Henning, Philip H. Scherrer
    Pages 55-62
  5. Søren Frandsen
    Pages 73-80
  6. F.-L. Deubner
    Pages 83-84
  7. Frank Hill, Deborah A. Haber, Juri Toomre, Laurence J. November
    Pages 85-92
  8. Philip H. Scherrer, Richard Bogart, J. Todd Hoeksema, Hirokazu Yoshimura
    Pages 93-102
  9. T. L. Duvall Jr., J. W. Harvey
    Pages 105-116
  10. Philip H. Scherrer
    Pages 117-120
  11. Ian W. Roxburgh
    Pages 121-123
  12. D. O. Gough
    Pages 125-140

About this book


The history of modern helioseismology is only ten years old. In 1975 F-L Deubner separated for the first time the spatial and temporal pro­ perties of the solar five-minute oscillations, and was thus able to measure the dispersion relation for high-degree acoustic modes (p modes). The diagnostic value of these observations was appreciated immediately. Indeed, by comparing the observed relation with computations that had already been carried out by R.K. Ulrich, and subsequently by H. Ando and Y. Osaki, it was recognised that contemporary solar models that had been constructed with the low observed neutrino flux in mind were too hot in their outer layers. Moreover, their convection zones were too shallow. Since that time the observations have improved. There is now good reason to suppose that a sufficiently careful analysis will lead to a direct determination of the helium abundance in the solar convection zone, especially when foreseeable further improvements in the observations have been achieved. The data will also provide useful diagnostics of the uncertain equation of state of partially ionized plasmas, and they might also enable us to measure the large-scale structure of the convec­ tive flow.


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Editors and affiliations

  • D. O. Gough
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Astronomy and Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical PhysicsUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Seismology of the Sun and the Distant Stars
  • Editors D.O. Gough
  • Series Title NATO ASI Series
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1986
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-277-2196-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-010-8547-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-009-4608-8
  • Series ISSN 1389-2185
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages , 492
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Astrophysics and Astroparticles
    Astronomy, Observations and Techniques
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