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By M; Deser, S Chretien

The 11th Brandeis summer time Institute in Theoretical Physics used to be held among June 17 and July 26,1968. It was once prepared approximately present study subject matters within the fields of common Relativity and of Astrophysics, with specific emphasis on themes with regards to aggregates of stars and the interstellar (and intergalactic) medium.

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Garaud has adopted a global view, taking an initial tachocline-free state of an idealized rotating solar model, and studying its dynamical evolution in two dimensions. As with all numerical simulations, she was unable to work with realistically low diffusion coefficients. But under some circumstances, starting with a dipolar field aligned with the axis of rotation, she found that much of the field was swept aside to produce a mid-latitude field-free shear layer beneath the convection zone. Her model was left also with a field concentration about the axis which penetrated into the convection zone, providing a torque to couple the radiative interior directly with the slowly rotating polar regions of the convection zone.

If there were any field, it would be enhanced by the proposed differential rotation and, by opposing, end it. So there was a nonmagnetic interregnum with only a few interruptions that lasted from the 1950s, when Alfvén and Cowling battled in the pages of the Monthly Notices over Alfvén’s theory of how the solar cycle arose in a strong dipole field in the solar core, to the present when Gough & McIntyre (1998; McIntyre 2002) have restored the internal field in order to maintain a rigid rotation in the solar interior.

We predicted also a ventilation time τv by the meridional flow of order 106 years; this is essentially the same as that implied by Spiegel and Zahn’s analysis, and is short compared with the timescale for gravitational settling of heavy elements (some 1012 years). It is therefore a consequence of the theory that, granted that the relic internal magnetic field is now dominated by its most slowly decaying, dipolar, component, magnetic confinement of the meridional flow weakens towards the magnetic axis (which probably, although not necessarily, is common with the axis of rotation), perhaps permitting a polar pit in which fluid from the convection zone descends to depths substantially beyond the mean extent of the tachocline (although that would require a megagauss magnetic field to sustain it, which is very much more intense than the estimate we made based on purely laminar flow).

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