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Asteroseismic detection of latitudinal differential rotation in 13 Sun-like stars


Gizon,  Laurent
Department Solar and Stellar Interiors, Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Max Planck Society;

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Benomar, O., Bazot, M., Nielsen, M. B., Gizon, L., Sekii, T., Takata, M., et al. (2018). Asteroseismic detection of latitudinal differential rotation in 13 Sun-like stars. Science, 361(6408), 1231-1234. doi:10.1126/science.aao6571.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0003-2ACF-6
The differentially rotating outer layers of stars are thought to play a role in driving their magnetic activity, but the underlying mechanisms that generate and sustain differential rotation are poorly understood. We report the measurement using asteroseismology of latitudinal differential rotation in the convection zones of 40 Sun-like stars. For the most significant detections, the stars’ equators rotate approximately twice as fast as their midlatitudes. The latitudinal shear inferred from asteroseismology is much larger than predictions from numerical simulations.