Solar internal rotation rate and the latitudinal variation of the tachocline

Antia, H. M. ; Basu, Sarbani ; Chitre, S. M. (1998) Solar internal rotation rate and the latitudinal variation of the tachocline Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 298 (2). p. 543. ISSN 0035-8711

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A new set of accurately measured frequencies of solar oscillations are used to infer the rotation rate inside the Sun, as a function of radial distance as well as latitude. We have adopted a regularized least squares technique with iterative refinement for both 1.5D inversion using the splitting coefficients and 2D inversion using individual m splittings. The inferred rotation rate agrees well with earlier estimates showing a shear layer just below the surface and another one around the base of the convection zone. The tachocline or the transition layer where the rotation rate changes from differential rotation in the convection zone to almost latitudinally independent rotation rate in the radiative interior is studied in detail. No compelling evidence for any latitudinal variation in position and width of tachocline is found though it appears that the tachocline probably shifts to slightly larger radial distance at higher latitudes and possibly becomes thicker also. However, these variations are within the estimated errors and more accurate data would be needed to make a definitive statement about latitudinal variations.

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Keywords:Sun: Interior; Sun: Oscillations; Sun: Rotation
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