Astrophysics and Space Science

, Volume 332, Issue 1, pp 73–79 | Cite as

Power law relating 10.7 cm flux to sunspot number

  • Robert W. JohnsonEmail author
Original Article


To investigate the relation between observations of the 10.7 cm flux and the international sunspot number so that a physical unit may be ascribed to historical records, both polynomial and power law models are developed giving the radio flux as a function of sunspot number and vice versa. Bayesian data analysis is used to estimate the model parameters and to discriminate between the models. The effect on the parameter uncertainty and on the relative evidence of normalizing the measure of fit is investigated. The power law giving flux as a function of sunspot number is found to be the most plausible model and may be used to estimate the radio flux from historical sunspot observations.


10.7 cm flux Sunspot number Solar magnetic activity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Alphawave ResearchAtlantaUSA

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