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Meridional Circulation and Global Solar Oscillations

Author: Markus Roth
Affiliation: Kiepenheuer-Institut für Sonnenphysik

Co-authors: Michael Stix

Main category: Natural Sciences (Astronomy)

We investigate the influence of large-scale meridional circulation on solar p-modes by quasi-degenerate perturbation theory, as proposed by Lavely and Ritzwoller (1992). As an input flow we use various models of stationary meridional circulation obeying the continuity equation. This flow perturbs the eigenmodes of an equilibrium model of the Sun. We derive the signatures of the meridional circulation in the frequency multiplets of solar p-modes. In most cases the meridional circulation leads to negative average frequency shifts of the multiplets. Further possible observable effects are briefly discussed.

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