Solar Physics

, Volume 149, Issue 1, pp 149–154 | Cite as

On the stability of the 11-year solar cycle period (and a few others)

  • J. P. Rozelot


The existence of an 11.1-yr periodic variation in the sunspot number record has been recognized for many years; however, periodicities other than this remain questionable. Power spectral analysis of the International sunspot number is performed and the results are compared with those for the same period using values that were taken randomly inside the error bars. The findings are that only a few periodicities show noticeable peaks. These include periodicities of 8.49, 10.01, 10.58, 11.10, 12.50, 58.50, and 97.20 yr. On the basis of these seven periodicities, one can loosely simulate the observable sunspot record (r = 0.75). We find that discrepancies in number and value of periodicities with other authors appear to be related to the length of the sunspot record used in the analysis and to the occurrence of 0.3-yr windows around the inferred periodicities.


Spectral Analysis Solar Cycle Sunspot Number Periodic Variation Cycle Period 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. P. Rozelot
    • 1
  1. 1.OCA/CERGAGrasseFrance

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