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Buldgen G., Salmon S. J. A. J., Godart M., Noels Arlette, Scuflaire Richard, Dupret Marc-Antoine, Reese Daniel, Colgan J., Fontes C. J., Eggenberger Patrick, Hakel P., Kilcrease D. P., Richard O.

Inversions of the Ledoux discriminant: a closer look at the tachocline

Monthly notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 2017, vol. 472, pp. L70-L74

Référence DOI : 10.1093/mnrasl/slx139
Référence ADS : 2017MNRAS.472L..70B

Résumé :

Modelling the base of the solar convective envelope is a tedious problem. Since the first rotation inversions, solar modellers are confronted with the fact that a region of very limited extent has an enormous physical impact on the Sun. Indeed, it is the transition region from differential to solid body rotation, the tachocline, which furthermore is influenced by turbulence and is also supposed to be the seat of the solar magnetic dynamo. Moreover, solar models show significant disagreement with the sound-speed profile in this region. In this Letter, we show how helioseismology can provide further constraints on this region by carrying out an inversion of the Ledoux discriminant. We compare these inversions for standard solar sodels built using various opacity tables and chemical abundances and discuss the origins of the discrepancies between solar models and the Sun.

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