The Solar Activity Cycle

Physical Causes and Consequences

  • André Balogh
  • Hugh Hudson
  • Kristóf Petrovay
  • Rudolf von Steiger

Part of the Space Sciences Series of ISSI book series (SSSI, volume 53)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VI
  2. A. Balogh, H. S. Hudson, K. Petrovay, R. von Steiger
    Pages 1-15
  3. Hugh S. Hudson, Leif Svalgaard, Iain G. Hannah
    Pages 17-34
  4. Frédéric Clette, Leif Svalgaard, José M. Vaquero, Edward W. Cliver
    Pages 35-103
  5. Ilaria Ermolli, Kiyoto Shibasaki, Andrey Tlatov, Lidia van Driel-Gesztelyi
    Pages 105-135
  6. K. L. Yeo, N. A. Krivova, S. K. Solanki
    Pages 137-167
  7. A.-M. Broomhall, P. Chatterjee, R. Howe, A. A. Norton, M. J. Thompson
    Pages 191-225
  8. B. Schmieder, V. Archontis, E. Pariat
    Pages 227-250
  9. A. A. Norton, P. Charbonneau, D. Passos
    Pages 251-283
  10. Alexei A. Pevtsov, Mitchell A. Berger, Alexander Nindos, Aimee A. Norton, Lidia van Driel-Gesztelyi
    Pages 285-324
  11. G. J. D. Petrie, K. Petrovay, K. Schatten
    Pages 325-357
  12. G. Bazilevskaya, A.-M. Broomhall, Y. Elsworth, V. M. Nakariakov
    Pages 359-386
  13. Galina A. Bazilevskaya, Edward W. Cliver, Gennady A. Kovaltsov, Alan G. Ling, M. A. Shea, D. F. Smart et al.
    Pages 409-435
  14. William J. Chaplin, Sarbani Basu
    Pages 437-456
  15. Z. Kővári, K. Oláh
    Pages 457-489
  16. J. Jiang, D. H. Hathaway, R. H. Cameron, S. K. Solanki, L. Gizon, L. Upton
    Pages 491-523
  17. Ilídio Lopes, Dário Passos, Melinda Nagy, Kristof Petrovay
    Pages 535-559
  18. Bidya Binay Karak, Jie Jiang, Mark S. Miesch, Paul Charbonneau, Arnab Rai Choudhuri
    Pages 561-602

About this book


A collection of papers edited by four experts in the field, this book sets out to describe the way solar activity is manifested in observations of the solar interior, the photosphere, the chromosphere, the corona and the heliosphere. The 11-year solar activity cycle, more generally known as the sunspot cycle, is a fundamental property of the Sun.  This phenomenon is the generation and evolution of magnetic fields in the Sun’s convection zone, the photosphere.  It is only by the careful enumeration and description of the phenomena and their variations that one can clarify their interdependences.   The sunspot cycle has been tracked back about four centuries, and it has been recognized that to make this data set a really useful tool in understanding how the activity cycle works and how it can be predicted, a very careful and detailed effort is needed to generate sunspot numbers.  This book deals with this topic, together with several others that present related phenomena that all indicate the physical processes that take place in the Sun and its exterior environment.  The reviews in the book also present the latest theoretical and modelling studies that attempt to explain the activity cycle.  It remains true, as has been shown in the unexpected characteristics of the first two solar cycles in the 21st century, that predictability remains a serious challenge.  Nevertheless, the highly expert and detailed reviews in this book, using the very best solar observations from both ground- and space based telescopes, provide the best possible report on what is known and what is yet to be discovered. Originally published in Space Science Reviews, Vol 186, Issues 1-4, 2014.


11 Year Sunspot Cycle Hale 22 Year Activity Cycle Solar Activity Solar Dynamo Solar Irradiance Solar Magnetic Cycle Solar Magnetic Fields Solar Surface Magnetic Fields Stellar Activity Cycles

Editors and affiliations

  • André Balogh
    • 1
  • Hugh Hudson
    • 2
  • Kristóf Petrovay
    • 3
  • Rudolf von Steiger
    • 4
  1. 1.The Blackett LaboratoryImperial College LondonHertfordshireUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Space Sciences LabUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA
  3. 3.Department of AstronomyEötvös UniversityBudapestHungary
  4. 4.International Space Science InstituteBernSwitzerland

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