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An Isaac Newton Institute Workshop

Large-Scale Computation in Astrophysics <br> (Supported by the European Commission, Sixth Framework Programme - Marie Curie Conferences and Training Courses - MSCF-CT-2003-503674)

Planetary convection and dynamos

11th October 2004

Author: Rainer Hollerbach (Glasgow)

Abstract

The past decade has seen enormous progress in numerical modelling of planetary dynamos. In this talk I will review some of this work, the numerical techniques that are used, and some of the physics that makes this problem so difficult. I will also compare and contrast the situation in planets versus other astrophysical objects, and try to explain why quite different numerical techniques are often used in the planetary context.