A numerical dynamo benchmark

U. R. Christensen, J. Aubert, P. Cardin, E. Dormy, S. Gibbons, G. A. Glatzmaier, E. Grote, Y. Honkura, C. Jones, M. Kono, M. Matsushima, A. Sakuraba, F. Takahashi, A. Tilgner, J. Wicht, K. Zhang

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We present the results of a benchmark study for a convection-driven magnetohydrodynamic dynamo problem in a rotating spherical shell. The solutions are stationary aside from azimuthal drift. One case of non-magnetic convection and two dynamos that differ in the assumptions concerning the inner core are studied. Six groups contributed numerical solutions which show good agreement. This provides an accurate reference standard with high confidence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-34
Number of pages10
JournalPhysics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors
Issue number1-4
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Geophysics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)
  • Space and Planetary Science


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