Convective Overshooting: Physical Properties and Seismic Evidence

J.-P. Zahn
2002 International Astronomical Union Colloquium  
AbstractWe review briefly the different prescriptions which have been proposed to predict the extent of convective penetration (or overshoot) in stellar interiors, and we confront them with the results of numerical simulations and with helioseismic data. It appears that the penetrative motions are structured in plumes, and that thermal diffusion plays an important role in controlling the temperature stratification in the stable domain. The most recent high-resolution simulations suggest that
more » ... se plumes are less space-filling than thought before, and that they are therefore less efficient in establishing an adiabatic temperature profile. This property is compatible with the solar profiles obtained through acoustic sounding.
doi:10.1017/s0252921100015542 fatcat:fddiv4k53jbonjtfkf3fwqgx3q