Nordita Astrophysics seminars

Cause of equatorward migration in global convective dynamo simulations

by Axel Brandenburg (Nordita)

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We present results from four convectively-driven stellar dynamo simulations in spherical wedge geometry. All of these simulations produce cyclic and migrating mean magnetic fields. Through detailed comparisons we show that the migration direction can be explained by an \alpha\Omega dynamo wave following the Parker--Yoshimura rule. We conclude that the equatorward migration in this and previous work is due to a positive (negative) \alpha effect in the northern (southern) hemisphere and a negative radial gradient of \Omega outside the inner tangent cylinder of these models. This idea is supported by a strong correlation between negative radial shear and toroidal field strength in the region of equatorward propagation.