The Magnetic Field Inside the Sun

  • W. Dziembowski
  • Philip R. Goode
Part of the International Astronomical Union / Union Astronomique Internationale book series (IAUS, volume 123)


Duvall, Harvey and Pomerantz (1986) reported the existence of a ‘structural asymmetry’ inside the Sun. We show that this asymmetry is not a consequence of the Sun’s rotation. We attribute the asymmetry, rather, to a toroidal magnetic field inside the Sun. Consistency requires a field of about one megagauss located in the lower part of the convection zone. Accounting for such a field would wreak havoc on our understanding of the solar dynamo and convection.


Convection Zone Differential Rotation Toroidal Field Solar Dynamo Poloidal Field 
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© International Astronomical Union 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • W. Dziembowski
    • 1
  • Philip R. Goode
    • 2
  1. 1.N. Copernicus CenterPolish Academy of SciencesWarsawPoland
  2. 2.Department of PhysicsNew Jersey Institute of TechnologyNewarkUSA

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