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Paper: The Advection of Supergranules by Large-Scale Flows
Volume: 416, Solar-Stellar Dynamos as Revealed by Helio- and Asteroseismology: GONG 2008/SOHO 21
Page: 495
Authors: Hathaway, D. H.; Williams, P. E.; Cuntz, M.
Abstract: We produce a 10-day series of simulated Doppler images at a 15-minute cadence that reproduces the spatial and temporal characteristics seen in the SOHO/MDI Doppler data. Our simulated data contains a spectrum of cellular flows with but two necessary components—a granule component that peaks at wavenumbers of about 4000 and a supergranule component that peaks at wavenumbers of about 110. We include the advection of these cellular components by a differential rotation profile that depends on latitude and wavenumber (depth). We further mimic the evolution of the cellular pattern by introducing random variations to the amplitudes and phases of the spectral components at rates that reproduce the level of cross-correlation as a function of time and latitude. Our simulated data do not include any wave-like characteristics for the supergranules yet can accurately reproduce the rotation characteristics previously attributed to wave-like characteristics.
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