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    • Keywords


      Sun: solar activity; Sun: dynamo; Sun: rotation; Sun: solar flare.

    • Abstract


      Asymmetry, a well established fact, can be extracted from various solar atmospheric activity indices. Although asymmetry is being localized within short time scale, it also persists at different time scales. In the present study we examine the character and nature of asymmetry at various time scales by optimizing the data set, in units of Carrington Rotations (CRs), for Sunspot Area (SA) and soft X-ray flare index (FISXR). We find from three solar cycles (21-23) that at a small time scale (viz., daily, CRs and monthly) activity appears to be asymmetric with less significance. At larger time scales (≥01 CRs) strength of asymmetry enhances. Number of significant asymmetry points probably depends upon the solar heights. For different combination of data, asymmetry strength appears to be lowered at certain periods ∼06, ∼12, ∼18 CRs (164, 327 and 492 days i.e., harmonics of ∼1.3 years. Owing to similar behavior of emergence of magnetic flux, it is conjectured that emergence of flux on the surface probably contributes to the asymmetry of the solar activity.

    • Author Affiliations


      K. K. Pandey1 K. M. Hiremath2 G. Yellaiah1

      1. Department of Astronomy, Osmania University, Hyderabad 500 007, India.
      2. Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Koramangala, Bengaluru 560 034, India.
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