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The Puzzling Dynamos of Stars: Recent Progress With Global Numerical Simulations

  • Antoine Strugarek (a1) (a2), Patrice Beaudoin (a2), Paul Charbonneau (a2) and Allan S. Brun (a1)

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The origin of magnetic cycles in the Sun and other cool stars is one of the great theoretical challenge in stellar astrophysics that still resists our understanding. Ab-initio numerical simulations are today required to explore the extreme turbulent regime in which stars operate and sustain their large-scale, cyclic magnetic field. We report in this work on recent progresses made with high performance numerical simulations of global turbulent convective envelopes. We rapidly review previous prominent results from numerical simulations, and present for the first time a series of turbulent, global simulations producing regular magnetic cycles whose period varies systematically with the convective envelope parameters (rotation rate, convective luminosity). We find that the fundamentally non-linear character of the dynamo simulated in this work leads the magnetic cycle period to be inversely proportional to the Rossby number. These results promote an original interpretation of stellar magnetic cycles, and could help reconcile the cyclic behaviour of the Sun and other solar-type stars.

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The Puzzling Dynamos of Stars: Recent Progress With Global Numerical Simulations

  • Antoine Strugarek (a1) (a2), Patrice Beaudoin (a2), Paul Charbonneau (a2) and Allan S. Brun (a1)

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