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Journal Articles Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society Year : 2013

Rotational threshold in global numerical dynamo simulations.

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Magnetic field observations of low-mass stars reveal an increase of magnetic activity with increasing rotation rate. The so-called activity-rotation relation is usually attributed to changes in the underlying dynamo processes generating the magnetic field. We examine the dependence of the field strength on rotation in global numerical dynamo models and interpret our results on the basis of energy considerations. In agreement with the scaling law proposed by Christensen and Aubert, the field strength in our simulations is set by the fraction of the available power used for the magnetic field generation. This is controlled by the dynamo efficiency calculated as the ratio of ohmic to total dissipation in our models. The dynamo efficiency grows strongly with increasing rotation rate at a Rossby number of 0.1 until it reaches its upper bound of 1 and becomes independent of rotation. This gain in efficiency is related to the strong rotational dependence of the mean electromotive force in this parameter regime. For multipolar models at Rossby numbers clearly larger than 0.1, on the other hand, we do not find a systematic dependence of the field strength on rotation. Whether the enhancement of the dynamo efficiency found in our dipolar models explains the observed activity-rotation relation needs to be further assessed.
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insu-03581793 , version 1 (21-02-2022)

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M. Schrinner. Rotational threshold in global numerical dynamo simulations.. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 2013, 431, pp.L78-L82. ⟨10.1093/mnrasl/slt012⟩. ⟨insu-03581793⟩
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