[MIS15-P02] Preliminary results of linear stability analysis on the onset of convection in a thick rotating spherical shell with implications for a dynamo in an icy moon
Keywords: thermal convection, compositional convection, kinematic dynamo, linear stability analisys, iron snow
In order to understand a basic flow structure of convection driven by the iron snow process, onset of thermal/compositional convection in rotating spherical shells is studied with linear analysis. First, we consider thermal convection of a Boussinesq fluid contained in a rotating spherical shell. We solve the linearized equations as an eigen-value problem, and then, check validity of our linear code by comparing the results with those in a literature (Ardes et al., 1997). Thus, the Ekman number adopted here is not very low, . Afterwards, linear stability problem of compositional convection driven by iron snow is examined. In this case, relative inner core size smaller than the Earth is given to mimic possible Ganymede’s core geometry. Using the results, we then solve kinematic dynamo problem to gain some insights into dynamos driven by iron snow. We will report our preliminary results about these issues.