[PEM12-P09] Investigation of meridional flow pattern from mangetic elements motion
Keywords:Sun, Magnetic Field, Surface Flow
North-south anisotropy in magnetic elements' motion is invetigated in the magnetograms obtained by Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager (HMI) onboard Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO). The magnetic elements are tracked by feature-tracking method of magnetic concentrations which is developed by the author. Our feature-tracking method and one-month magnetograms of SDO/HMI enable us to analyze huge number of magnetic elements’ motion. More than 5,000 elements are recegnized in one magnetogram with our detecting threshold and 108 displacements are obtained as total in our analysis. We found a small anisotropy along north-south direction and it shows similar latitudinal dependence obtained in Hathaway and Lightmire (2010), namely its amplitude increases up to ~14 m/s from the equator to ~60 degree in north and south hemisphere. Further we investigate the dependence of flow strength on magnetic elements character and newly found that larger elements have larger flow strength.