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Contributed talk: Identification of inertial normal modes in the solar convection zone

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DY2W03 - Modeling, observing and understanding flows and magnetic fields in the Earth's core and in the Sun

The observation of global acoustic waves (p modes) in the Sun has been key to unveiling its internal structure and dynamics. A different kind of waves, known as sectoral Rossby modes, have been observed and identified in recent years, which potentially opens the door to probing internal processes that are inaccessible through p-mode helioseismology. Yet another set of waves, appearing as retrograde-propagating, equatorially antisymmetric vorticity waves, has also been observed very recently but their identification remained elusive. Here, through a numerical model implemented as an eigenvalue problem, we provide evidence supporting the identification of those waves as a class of inertial eigenmodes, distinct from the Rossby-mode class, with radial velocities comparable to the horizontal ones deep in the convective zone but still small compared to the horizontal velocities toward the surface. We also suggest that the signature of tesseral-like Rossby modes might be present in recent observational data. Co-authors: Gustavo Guerrero, Ankit Barik and Jérémy Rekier.

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