, Volume 35, Issue 8, pp 564-571
Date: 13 Aug 2009

The Gnevyshev-Ohl rule for physical parameters of the solar magnetic field: The 400-year interval

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We consider a number of questions pertaining to the famous Gnevyshev-Ohl rule. We discuss various formulations of the rule and show that it is not violated in its exact formulation in the last pair of 11-year cycles 22 and 23. The rule has been found to hold not only for statistical indices of solar activity but also in the context of physical parameters of the solar magnetic field: the sunspot magnetic flux and the open magnetic flux. We have established that the hypothesis by Usoskin et al. (2001) about the “loss“ of one cycle at the end of the 18th century allows the Gnevyshev-Ohl rule, which regulates the behavior of physical parameters of the solar magnetic field, to be made universal, without any exceptions, at least in the last 400 years. Thus, in fact, we can talk about the Gnevyshev-Ohl law of the long-term dynamics of the solar magnetic field, a law that holds at both normal and extreme levels of solar activity.

Original Russian Text © Yu.A. Nagovitsyn, E.Yu. Nagovitsyna, V.V. Makarova, 2009, published in Pis’ma v Astronomicheskiĭ Zhurnal, 2009, Vol. 35, No. 8, pp. 625–633.