chapter  5
Magnetic flux tubes and the dynamo problem
WithManfred Schüssler, Antonio Ferriz-Mas
Pages 24

The observed properties of the magnetic field in the solar photosphere and theoretical studies of magneto-convection in electrically well-conducting fluids suggest that the magnetic field in stellar convection zones is quite inhomogeneous: magnetic flux is concentrated into magnetic flux tubes embedded in significantly less magnetized plasma. Such a state of the magnetic field potentially has strong implications for stellar dynamo theory since the dynamics of an ensemble of flux tubes is rather different from that of a more uniform field and new phenomena like magnetic buoyancy appear.