Study of cosmic ray intensity in relation to the interplanetary magnetic field and geomagnetic storms for solar cycle 24

  • Chandni MathpalEmail author
  • Lalan Prasad
  • Meena Pokharia
  • Chandrashekhar Bhoj
Original Article


In the present study, we investigate the association of cosmic ray intensity (CRI) with various solar wind parameters (i.e. solar wind speed V, plasma proton temperature, plasma proton density), interplanetary magnetic field (IMF B), geomagnetic storms (GSs), averaged planetary A-index (Ap index) and sun spot number (SSN) for the period 2009–2016 (solar cycle 24) by using their daily mean average. To find the association of CRI with various solar wind parameters, GSs, IMF B, Ap index and SSN, we incorporate the analysis technique by superposed-epoch method. We have observed that CRI decreases with the increase in IMF B. Moreover the time-lag analysis has been performed by the method of correlation coefficient and observed a time lag of 0 to 2 day between the decrease in CRI and increase in IMF B. In addition, we show that the CRI is found to decrease in a similar pattern to disturbance storm time (Dst index) for most of the period of solar cycle 24. The high and positive correlation is found between CRI and Dst index. The CRI and Ap index are better anti-correlated to each other than CRI and IMF. CRI and SSN are positively correlated with each other. Solar wind parameters such as solar wind speed V is a CR-effective parameter while plasma proton temperature and plasma proton density are not CR-effective parameters. The indicated parameters such as Dst index, Ap index, IMF B and solar wind parameters such as solar wind speed V, plasma proton temperature, plasma proton density shows a kind of irregular variations for solar cycle 23 and 24 while CRI and SSN shows distinct behaviour for the two cycle.


Cosmic rays Interplanetary magnetic field Geomagnetic storms Sun spot number Ap index Solar wind parameters 



The authors are thankful to IUCAA, Pune for content page service and also thankful to ARIES, Nainital for providing library and computing facilities. Also thankful to UGC, New Delhi and UCOST, Dehradun.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chandni Mathpal
    • 1
    Email author
  • Lalan Prasad
    • 1
  • Meena Pokharia
    • 1
  • Chandrashekhar Bhoj
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsGovt. P.G. CollegeBerinagIndia

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