Moss D., Sokoloff D., Resonances for activity waves in spherical mean field dynamos, eprint arXiv:1211.2414, 6 pages, 6 figures, 2012.

We study activity waves of the kind that determine cyclic magnetic activity of various stars, including the Sun, as a more general physical rather than a purely astronomical problem. We try to identify resonances which are expected to occur when a mean-field dynamo excites waves of quasi-stationary magnetic field in two distinct spherical layers. We isolate some features that can be associated with resonances in the profiles of energy or frequency plotted versus a dynamo governing parameter. Rather unexpectedly however the resonances in spherical dynamos take a much less spectacular form than resonances in many more familiar branches of physics. In particular, we find that the magnitudes of resonant phenomena are much smaller than seem detectable by astronomical observations, and plausibly any related effects in laboratory dynamo experiments (which of course are not in gravitating spheres!) are also small. We discuss specific features relevant to resonant phenomena in spherical dynamos, and find parametric resonance to be the most pronounced type of resonance phenomena. Resonance conditions for these dynamo wave resonances are rather different from those for more conventional branches of physics. We suggest that the relative insignificance of the phenomenon in this case is because the phenomena of excitation and propagation of the activity waves are not well-separated from each other and this, together with the nonlinear nature of more-or-less realistic dynamos, suppress the resonances and makes them much less pronounced than resonant effects, for example in optics.

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