Letter to the Editor
About the role of gravity waves in the angular momentum transport inside the radiative zone of the Sun
Received 14 October 1997 / Accepted 23 April 1998
The purpose of this letter is to give a simple and general view of the effect of an internal gravity wave field, on the angular momentum distribution inside the radiative zone of the Sun. It is shown that a quasi-solid rotation of the radiative zone of the Sun cannot be a direct consequence of the action of the gravity waves produced by the convective zone.
After a brief description of the properties of gravity wave, I propose a very simple model of the role played, by internal gravity waves, on the angular momentum profile of the radiative zone of the Sun.
Key words: hydrodynamics waves Sun: rotation Sun: interior
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Online publication: June 26, 1998