Rigid rotation of the solar core? On the reliable extraction of low-l rotational p-mode splittings from full-disc observations of the Sun

CHAPLIN, W. J., ELSWORTH, Y., ISAAK, G. R., MARCHENKOV, K. I., MILLER, B. A. and NEW, R. (2001). Rigid rotation of the solar core? On the reliable extraction of low-l rotational p-mode splittings from full-disc observations of the Sun. Monthly notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 327 (4), 1127-1136.

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Abstract

We present low-l rotational p-mode splittings from the analysis of 8 yr of observations made by the Birmingham Solar-Oscillations Network (BiSON) of the full solar disc. These data are presented in the light of a thorough investigation of the fitting techniques used to extract them. Particular attention is paid to both the origin and magnitude of bias present in these estimates. An extensive Monte Carlo strategy has been adopted to facilitate this study-in all, several thousand complete, artificial proxies of the 96-month data set have been generated to test the analysis of real 'full-disc' data. These simulations allow for an assessment of any complications in the analysis which might arise from variations in the properties of the p modes over the 11-yr solar activity cycle. The use of such an extended data set affords greater precision in the splittings, and by implication the rotation rate inferred from these data, and reduces bias inherent in the analysis, thereby giving a more accurate determination of the rotation. The grand, weighted sidereal average of the BiSON set is 434 +/-2 nHz, a value consistent with that expected were the deep radiative interior (r/R<0.5) to rotate at the same frequency, and in the same 'rigid' manner, as the more precisely and accurately studied outer part of the radiative zone.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Materials and Engineering Research Institute > Thin Films Research Centre > Nanotechnology Centre for PVD Research
Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1365-2966.2001.04805.x
Depositing User: Ann Betterton
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2010 16:33
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 16:33
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2040

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