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Introduction to Modeling Convection in Planets and StarsMagnetic Field, Density Stratification, Rotation$
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Gary A. Glatzmaier

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691141725

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691141725.001.0001

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Linear Stability Analysis

Linear Stability Analysis

Chapter:
Chapter Three Linear Stability Analysis
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Introduction to Modeling Convection in Planets and Stars
Author(s):

Gary A. Glatzmaier

Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691141725.003.0003

This chapter describes a linear stability analysis (that is, solving for the critical Rayleigh number Ra and mode) that allows readers to check their linear codes against the analytic solution. For this linear analysis, each Fourier mode n can be considered a separate and independent problem. The question that needs to be addressed now is under what conditions—that is, what values of Ra, Prandtl number Pr, and aspect ratio a—will the amplitude of the linear solution grow with time for a given mode n. This is a linear stability problem. The chapter first introduces the linear equations before discussing the linear code and explaining how to find the critical Rayleigh number; in other words, the value of Ra for a and Pr that gives a solution that neither grows nor decays with time. It also shows how the linear stability problem can be solved using an analytic approach.

Keywords:   linear stability analysis, critical Rayleigh number, linear code, Fourier mode, Prandtl number, aspect ratio, linear stability problem, linear equations

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