An Isaac Newton Institute Workshop

MAGNETOHYDRODYNAMICS OF STELLAR INTERIORS <br> Supported by the European Commission, Sixth Framework Programme - <br> Marie Curie Conferences and Training Courses - MSCF-CT-2003-503674

Large scale simulations of compressible convection

Authors: RINCON Francois (Laboratoire d'astrophysique de Toulouse-Tarbes, UMR CNRS 5572, Observatoire Midi-Pyrenees, 14 avenue E. Belin, 31400 TOULOUSE, France), RIEUTORD Michel (Laboratoire d'astrophysique de Toulouse-Tarbes, UMR CNRS 5572, Observatoire Midi-Pyrenees, 14 avenue E. Belin, 31400 TOULOUSE, France), LIGNIERES Francois (Laboratoire d'astrophysique de Toulouse-Tarbes, UMR CNRS 5572, Observatoire Midi-Pyrenees, 14 avenue E. Belin, 31400 TOULOUSE, France)

Abstract

We present the results of three-dimensional direct numerical simulations of fully compressible polytropic turbulent convection in a very large aspect ratio ($\lambda=42.6$) cartesian box with $1024\times 1024\times 82$ mesh points. We investigate the general properties of this flow and discuss the similarities and differences between such an idealized experiment and the known properties of photospheric convection. We particularly focus on the emergence of large-scale coherent structures in the simulation and consider the potential implications of these results for the problem of the origin of mesogranular and supergranular flows and the large scale distribution of magnetic fields at the solar surface.