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Title:
The nature and significance of solar minima
Authors:
Priest, Eric
Affiliation:
AA( Mathematics Institute, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, KY16 9SS, UK )
Publication:
Comparative Magnetic Minima: Characterizing quiet times in the Sun and Stars, Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union, IAU Symposium, Volume 286, p. 3-14
Publication Date:
07/2012
Origin:
CUP
Keywords:
magnetic fields, MHD, plasmas, Sun: general, Sun: magnetic fields, Sun: photosphere, sunspots,
Abstract Copyright:
(c) 2012: Copyright © International Astronomical Union 2012
DOI:
10.1017/S1743921312004577
Bibliographic Code:
2012IAUS..286....3P

Abstract

As an introduction to the theme of this symposium, I give a simple review of the photospheric magnetic field, the properties of the solar cycle, the way in which the magnetic field is thought to be generated by dynamo action, and finally the unusual properties of the recent solar minimum. This has awakened an interest in improving predictions of the solar cycle and in the nature of solar minima not just as gaps between maxima but as phenomena of intrinsic interest in their own right.

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