Solar Physics

, Volume 181, Issue 1, pp 237-249

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An Active Sun Throughout the Maunder Minimum

  • Jürg BeerAffiliated withEAWAG
  • , Steven TobiasAffiliated withJILA, University of Colorado
  • , Nigel WeissAffiliated withDAMTP, University of Cambridge

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Measurements of 10Be concentration in the Dye 3 ice core show that magnetic cycles persisted throughout the Maunder Minimum, although the Sun's overall activity was drastically reduced and sunspots virtually disappeared. Thus the dates of maxima and minima can now be reliably estimated. Similar behaviour is shown by a nonlinear dynamo model, which predicts that, after a grand minimum, the Sun's toroidal field may switch from being antisymmetric to being symmetric about the equator. The presence of cyclic activity during the Maunder Minimum limits estimates of the solar contribution to climatic change.