Cycle 23 variation in solar flare productivity

Hudson, H. , Fletcher, L. and McTiernan, J. (2014) Cycle 23 variation in solar flare productivity. Solar Physics, 289(4), pp. 1341-1347. (doi:10.1007/s11207-013-0384-7)

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The NOAA listings of solar flares in cycles 21 – 24, including the GOES soft X-ray magnitudes, enable a simple determination of the number of flares each flaring active region produces over its lifetime. We have studied this measure of flare productivity over the interval 1975 – 2012. The annual averages of flare productivity remained approximately constant during cycles 21 and 22, at about two reported M- or X-flares per region, but then increased significantly in the declining phase of cycle 23 (the years 2004 – 2005). We have confirmed this by using the independent RHESSI flare catalog to check the NOAA events listings where possible. We note that this measure of solar activity does not correlate with the solar cycle. The anomalous peak in flare productivity immediately preceded the long solar minimum between cycles 23 and 24.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hudson, Dr Hugh and Fletcher, Professor Lyndsay
Authors: Hudson, H., Fletcher, L., and McTiernan, J.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
Journal Name:Solar Physics
Publisher:Springer Verlag
ISSN (Online):1573-093X

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
542081Rolling Programme in Solar and Plasma AstrophysicsLyndsay FletcherScience & Technologies Facilities Council (STFC)ST/I001808/1P&A - PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY