A Study of Stochastic Resonance in the Periodically Forced Rikitake Dynamo

Abstract

The geodynamo has widely been thought to be an intuitive and selfsustained model of the Earth's magnetic field. In this paper, we elucidate how a periodic signal could be embedded in the geomagnetic filed via the mechanism of stochastic resonance in a forced Rikitake dynamo. Based on the stochastic resonance observed in the periodically forced Rikitake dynamo, we thus suggest a common triggering for geomagnetic reversal and glacial events. Both kinds of catastrophes may result from the cyclic variation of the Earth's orbital eccentricity.

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