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Solar Physics

, Volume 248, Issue 1, pp 155–166 | Cite as

Short-Period Fluctuations in Coronal Mass Ejection Activity during Solar Cycle 23

  • Alejandro LaraEmail author
  • Andrea Borgazzi
  • Odim Jr. Mendes
  • Reinaldo R. Rosa
  • Margarete Oliveira Domingues
Article

Abstract

We have constructed a time series of the number of coronal mass ejections (CMEs) observed by SOHO/LASCO during solar cycle 23. Using spectral analysis techniques (the maximum entropy method and wavelet analysis) we found short-period (< one year) semiperiodic activity. Among others, we found interesting periodicities at 193, 36, 28, and 25 days. We discuss the implications of such short-period activity in terms of the emergence and escape of magnetic flux from the convection zone, through the low solar atmosphere (where these periodicities have been found for numerous activity parameters), toward interplanetary space. This analysis shows that CMEs remove the magnetic flux in a quasiperiodic process in a way similar to that of magnetic flux emergence and other solar eruptive activity.

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CME Magnetic cycle Solar activity 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alejandro Lara
    • 1
    Email author
  • Andrea Borgazzi
    • 2
  • Odim Jr. Mendes
    • 2
  • Reinaldo R. Rosa
    • 3
  • Margarete Oliveira Domingues
    • 3
  1. 1.Instituto de GeofísicaUniversidad Nacional Autónoma de MéxicoMéxico D. F.Mexico
  2. 2.Divisão de Geofísica EspacialInstituto Nacional de Pesquisas EspaciaisSão PauloBrazil
  3. 3.Laboratório Associado de Computação e Matemática AplicadaInstituto Nacional de Pesquisas EspaciaisSão PauloBrazil

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