Tag Archives: solar interior

153. Computing Helioseismic Sensitivity Kernels for the Sun’s Large-scale Internal Flows Using Global-scale Wave-propagation Simulations

Contributed by Junwei Zhao. Posted on March 28, 2021

A new method to derive the helioseismic sensitivity kernels for the Sun’s large-scale internal flows is developed. The new method is based on the idea of placing a small-volume flow perturbation inside the Sun’s model, simulating the wavefield in the photosphere, and then measuring the phase shifts caused by this internal perturbation.

133. Hemispherical Asymmetry in the Solar Meridional Flow

Contributed by B. Lekshmi. Posted on October 28, 2019

Subsurface meridional flows from ring-diagram analysis showed a clear hemispheric asymmetry in last 18 years. Interestingly, this flow asymmetry leads the magnetic flux and sunspot number asymmetry by 3.1 – 3.6 years.

126. Solar Oblateness and Its Variations in Phase with the 22-yr Magnetic Cycle

Contributed by Abdanour Irbah. Posted on June 18, 2019

The Sun’s oblateness shows a variation with solar cycles, in phase with the solar activity level in Cycle 23 but in anti-phase with the activity level in Cycle 24. Such a trend of in-phase during odd cycles and anti-phase during even cycles is confirmed after examining past observations.

107. Cyclic Variations of the Sun’s Seismic Radius

Contributed by Alexander Kosovichev. Posted on July 30, 2018

The Sun’s seismic radius, measured from the frequencies of f modes, is determined using both MDI and HMI data, covering a total of 21 years. It is found that the seismic radius is reduced by 1-2 km during the maxima, but the largest change of the radius happens at about 5 Mm beneath the surface.

17. Is the recent discovery of the multi-cell meridional circulation a threat to the flux-transport dynamo?

Contributed by Bidya Binay Karak. Posted on May 27, 2014

Motivated by recent observations we have explored whether the flux-transport dynamo model can work with multi-cell meridional flow. We find that it can work when certain conditions are fulfilled.

12. Analyzing 60,000 Supergranules to Determine their Subsurface Flow Profile

Contributed by Tom Duvall. Posted on April 29, 2014

Analysis of a large number of supergranules observed with HMI and simulations with a convectively stabilized solar model imply that the average supergranular cell has a peak upflow of 240 m s-1 at a depth of 2.3 Mm and a corresponding peak outward horizontal flow of 700 m s-1 at a depth of 1.6 Mm.