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Abstract
The onset of compressible convection in rapidly rotating spherical shells is studied in the anelastic approximation. An asymptotic theory valid at low Ekman number is developed and compared with numerical solutions of the full equations. Compressibility is measured by the number of density scale heights in the shell. In the Boussinesq problem, the location of the onset of convection is close to the tangent cylinder when there is no internal heating only a heat flux emerging from below. Compressibility strongly affects this result. With only a few scale heights or more of density present, there is onset of convection near the outer shell. Compressibility also strongly affects the frequencies and preferred azimuthal wavenumbers at onset. Compressible convection, like Boussinesq convection, shows strong spiralling in the equatorial plane at low Prandtl number. We also explore how higherorder linear modes penetrate inside the tangent cylinder at higher Rayleigh numbers and compare modes both symmetric and antisymmetric about the equator.
Original language  English 

Pages (fromto)  291319 
Number of pages  29 
Journal  Journal of Fluid Mechanics 
Volume  634 
DOIs  
Publication status  Published  10 Sept 2009 
Keywords
 THERMALCONVECTION
 FLUID SHELLS
 DIFFERENTIAL ROTATION
 GIANT PLANETS
 EARTHS CORE
 ONSET
 MODEL
 INTERIORS
 EQUATIONS
 JUPITER
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Parallel Computing Resources UK MHD: Parallel computing resources
Science & Technology Facilities Council
1/12/09 → 30/11/12
Project: Standard