Research report 2019 - Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research
Rossby waves in the Sun
Gizon, Laurent; Proxauf, Bastian
Abteilung "Das Innere der Sonne und der Sterne"
SummaryResearchers from the Solar and Stellar Interiors Department at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research have discovered new giant vortex waves in the Sun. Because of their long periods of oscillation of several months, the detection of these waves required many years of observations from the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), a NASA spacecraft in operation since 2010. These waves are an important component of the solar convection zone dynamics at the largest spatial scales. They can potentially be used as new probes of the solar interior.