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Convection in the Sun

  • Josep M. Massaguer
Conference paper
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 159)


The present knowledge of the dynamics and structure of the solar convection zone is reviewed with the aim of checking current assumptions and conjectures against laboratory experiments and numerical modeling of thermal convection. Buoyancy is the only forcing considered. Rotation and magnetic fields are explicitly avoided. Nor are departures from planar geometry considered, except as regards large scale structures. Local theories are reviewed in section §2, hydrodynamic models in §3, non-local theories in §4, the global structure of the convection zone is discussed in §5 and the flow patterns in §6.


Nusselt Number Rayleigh Number Thermal Convection Convection Zone Stable Layer 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Josep M. Massaguer
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  1. 1.Departamnent de Física AplicadaUniv. Politécnica de CatalunyaBarcelonaSpain

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