Mean-field theory of differential rotation in density stratified turbulent convection

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Abstract

A mean-field theory of differential rotation in a density stratified turbulent convection has been developed. This theory is based on the combined effects of the turbulent heat flux and anisotropy of turbulent convection on the Reynolds stress. A coupled system of dynamical budget equations consisting in the equations for the Reynolds stress, the entropy fluctuations and the turbulent heat flux has been solved. To close the system of these equations, the spectral τ approach, which is valid for large Reynolds and Péclet numbers, has been applied. The adopted model of the background turbulent convection takes into account an increase of the turbulence anisotropy and a decrease of the turbulent correlation time with the rotation rate. This theory yields the radial profile of the differential rotation which is in agreement with that for the solar differential rotation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number735840201
JournalJournal of Plasma Physics
Volume84
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2018

Keywords

  • Astrophysical plasmas
  • Plasma nonlinear phenomena

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