Periodicities in Forbush decreases and solar activity
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We have studied Forbush decreases (FD) with solar flare data and major solar proton event (SPE) data (E > 10 MeV) for the years 1976–1986 and have found that FD solar flare data exhibit periods around 0.95, 2.4, and 4.75 years at >99% level of confidence (CL), while SPE data exhibit periods around 2.6 and 5.0 years (at >95% CL). Because of a common periodicity around 2.5 years, it is suggested that FD with the solar flare data and major SPE data, together with solar diameter and solar neutrino variations, behave similarly and may have a common origin.
KeywordsSolar Activity Sunspot Number Solar Neutrino Forbush Decrease Solar Proton Event
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