Journal Article

Activity dependence of solar supergranular fractal dimension

U. Paniveni, V. Krishan, Jagdev Singh and R. Srikanth

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 402, issue 1, pages 424-428
Published in print February 2010 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online February 2010 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI:
Activity dependence of solar supergranular fractal dimension

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We study the complexity of supergranular cells using the intensity patterns obtained at the Kodaikanal Solar Observatory during the solar maximum. Our data consist of visually identified supergranular cells, from which a fractal dimension D for supergranulation is obtained according to the relation PAD/2, where A is the area and P the perimeter of the supergranular cells. We find a fractal dimension of about 1.12 for active region cells and about 1.25 for quiet region cells, a difference that could be attributed to the inhibiting effect of the magnetic field.

Keywords: methods: data analysis; methods: statistical; techniques: image processing; Sun: activity; Sun: granulation; Sun: photosphere

Journal Article.  3280 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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