Saas-Fee Advanced Course

Solar and Stellar Dynamos

Saas-Fee Advanced Course 39 Swiss Society for Astrophysics and Astronomy

Authors: Charbonneau, Paul

Editors: Steiner, Oskar (Ed.)

  • Provides a didactic presentation of the theory of stellar magnetic fields
  • Monographic synthesis of lectures given at Saas-Fee Advanced Course 39
  • Presents a volume in an internationally highly regarded lecture notes series
  • Comes with appendices providing material which is useful in working with magnetohydrodynamics and dynamo theory
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Astrophysical dynamos are at the heart of cosmic magnetic fields of a wide range of scales, from planets and stars to entire galaxies. This book presents a thorough, step-by-step introduction to solar and stellar dynamos. Looking first at the ultimate origin of cosmic seed magnetic fields, the antagonists of field amplification are next considered: resistive decay, flux expulsion, and flows ruled out by anti-dynamo theorems. Two kinematic flows that can act as dynamos are then studied: the Roberts cell and the CP-flow. Mean-field electrodynamics and derivation of the mean-field dynamo equations lead to the alpha Omega-dynamo, the flux transport dynamo, and dynamos based on the Babcock-Leighton mechanism. Alternatives to the mean-field theory are also presented, as are global MHD dynamo simulations. Fluctuations and grand minima in the solar cycle are discussed in terms of dynamo modulations through stochastic forcing and nonlinear effects. The book concludes with an overview of the major challenges in understanding stellar magnetic fields and their evolution in terms of various dynamo models, global MHD simulations, and fossil fields. Each chapter is accompanied by an annotated bibliography, guiding the readers to the relevant technical literature, which may lead them to carry out their own research in the field of dynamo theory.

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Paul Charbonneau is a professor in the astrophysics group of the physics department of the University of Montréal. He has been working on solar activity and its possible influence on the Earth climate.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Solar and Stellar Dynamos
Book Subtitle
Saas-Fee Advanced Course 39 Swiss Society for Astrophysics and Astronomy
Authors
Editors
  • Oskar Steiner
Series Title
Saas-Fee Advanced Course
Series Volume
39
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-32093-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-32093-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-32092-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-43047-3
Series ISSN
1861-7980
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 240
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