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Solar Physics

, Volume 75, Issue 1–2, pp 161–178 | Cite as

Torsional waves on the Sun and the activity cycle

  • B. J. Labonte
  • R. Howard
Article

Abstract

Some properties of the recently-discovered torsional oscillations of the Sun are presented. The detailed relation of this velocity feature to magnetic activity gives evidence that these motions represent a fundamental oscillation within the Sun that is responsible for the solar activity cycle and that they are not a natural consequence of an α-ω dynamo. A new torsional oscillation with wave number 1 hemisphere−1 is demonstrated to exist on the Sun.

Keywords

Solar Activity Activity Cycle Natural Consequence Magnetic Activity Velocity Feature 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Company 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • B. J. Labonte
    • 1
  • R. Howard
    • 1
  1. 1.Mount Wilson and Las Campanas Observatories, Carnegie Institution of WashingtonU.S.A.

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