© 1992

Sunspots: Theory and Observations

  • John H. Thomas
  • Nigel O. Weiss

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (ASIC, volume 375)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-2
    2. John H. Thomas, Nigel O. Weiss
      Pages 3-59
  3. Setting the Scene

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
    2. P. B. Byrne
      Pages 63-73
    3. Cornelis Zwaan
      Pages 75-100
  4. Overall Structure of Sunspots

  5. Fine Structure of Sunspots

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 173-174
    2. R. Muller
      Pages 175-193
    3. Alan M. Title, Zoe A. Frank, Richard A. Shine, T. D. Tarbell, K. P. Topka, Göran Scharmer et al.
      Pages 195-219
    4. M. R. E. Proctor
      Pages 221-241
    5. Arnab Rai Choudhuri
      Pages 243-257
  6. Waves and Oscillations in Sunspots

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 259-259

About this book


This volume contains the invited papers presented at the NATO Advanced Research Workshop on the Theory of Sunspots, held in Cambridge, England, 22-27 September 1991. The idea of holding this Workshop first arose during the Solar Optical Telescope work­ shop on Theoretical Problems in High-Resolution Solar Physics in Munich in 1985. At that meeting, separate discussion groups were formed to consider specific topics in solar physics. The discussion group on sunspots recommended that there be a meeting devoted to theoretical problems associated with sunspots, the motivation being the consensus that theory seemed to lag behind the observational evidence in our quest for a satisfactory un­ derstanding of the physics of sunspots. This recommendation was warmly received and the two of us were designated to organize the Workshop. Although the Workshop eventually took place later than originally envisioned, the de­ lay turned out to be fortunate and the timing of the Workshop was ideal for a number of reasons. There have been remarkable improvements in high-resolution observations of sunspots in the past few years, and many important new observational results were pre­ sented for the first time at this Workshop (by groups working at the Lockheed Palo Alto Research Laboratories, the Swedish and German telescopes in the Canary Islands, and the V. S. National Solar Observatory). Vector magnetographs and Stokes polarimetry have at last given us reliable measurements of the vector magnetic fields in sunspots.


Oscillation Sunspot cluster convection evolution fields heat magnetic field paper physics seismology solar structure

Editors and affiliations

  • John H. Thomas
    • 1
  • Nigel O. Weiss
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Physics and Astronomy and C.E.K. Mees ObservatoryUniversity of RochesterRochesterUSA
  2. 2.Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical PhysicsUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Sunspots: Theory and Observations
  • Editors J.H. Thomas
    N.O. Weiss
  • Series Title NATO ASI Series
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1992
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7923-1852-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-010-5229-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-011-2769-1
  • Series ISSN 1389-2185
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 428
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Astrophysics and Astroparticles
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` This volume will be an invaluable resource for years to come and I recommend it strongly not only to anyone with an interest in the fascinating subject of sunspots but also to anyone with an interest in the relation between theory and observation in modern astrophysics. '
Geophysics, Astrophysics, Fluid Dynamics, 74, 1994