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Solar and Stellar Activity Cycles

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  • Date Published: August 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521548212

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  • How do you predict the parameters of future solar cycles? What is the role of dynamo theory in the cyclic activity of the Sun and similar stars? And what are the implications of chaos theory for stellar cycles? This book answers these questions and offers a timely review of studies in the cyclic activity of the Sun and other stars. This authoritative reference shows the importance of reliable predictions of the parameters of future solar cycles, and carefully explains the methods currently used to determine these (with special reference to the maximum of cycle 22). Some of the latest research into solar cycles is clearly presented; this includes helioseismology, observations of the extended activity cycle and the polar fields reversal, and contributions from dynamo theory and chaos theory. For graduate students and researchers, this monograph provides a much-needed synthesis of our understanding of activity cycles in the Sun and other stars.

    • Methods for predicting the parameters of future solar cycles and their terrestrial effects
    • Dynamo theory and chaos theory for solar and stellar cycles
    • Using helioseismology for dynamo modelling of solar cycles
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    'Wilson has provided the university student and postgraduate with a perfect mixture of what is known and what is still to be found. Not only is the book produced, illustrated and referenced to normal high quality of the Cambridge Astrophysics Series, it is also extremely readable.' Nature

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    • Date Published: August 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521548212
    • length: 296 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 189 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.53kg
    • contains: 71 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Historical survey
    3. The structure of the Sun and the phenomena of activity
    4. The equations of magnetohydrodynamics and magnetostatics
    5. The one-dimensional configuration of the cycle
    6. Heuristic models of the solar cycle
    7. Stellar activity and activity cycles
    8. The two-dimensional representation of the extended activity cycle
    9. The origin of the large-scale fields
    10. The reversals of the polar magnetic fields
    11. The role of dynamo theory in cyclic activity
    12. Helioseismology and the solar cycle
    13. Chaos and the cycle
    14. Forecasting the cycle
    15. Summary and conclusion.

  • Author

    Peter R. Wilson, University of Sydney

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