Sunspot Magnetism---Livingston & Penn Aug 2, 2011 18:31:26 GMT
Post by Bob k6tr on Aug 2, 2011 18:31:26 GMT
Since I've been away I've had a chance to ponder a few items and have come up with some suppositions and some questions about the endeavor Bill Livingston and Matt Penn have embarked on.
To me there appears to be enough data from L&P research to ascertain that the variation of the sun's magnetic field intensity is independent from the 10.7 year solar cycle. Is that a safe assumption ? I ask this because from what L&P have reported their data is inverse to the rise phase of Cycle 24 thus far.
Second your response to questions on the matter of L&P findings indicate that there would seem to be Cyclic variation of this phenomenon. Something on the order of 50 years if my memory serves me. Do you think that over time research could determine the period of this cycle or come up with a formula that gives at least a pseudo-accurate representation of what is happening ? Could it be possible the period is purely random ?
Now delving into to specifics of the future course of the research. It would appear that an extended period of study may well be necessary to determine these factors. With the possible closure of McMath-Pierce a distinct possibility will L&P work be transferred to ATST ? Will Matt Penn continue the work when Bill retires ? Has Mark Giampapa stated anything about what he sees about the future of the study ?
Sorry to load you down. Maybe I ought to post more often.
BTW congratulations on the grant for the historical study you proposed. It looks like quite a few people will be banging around libraries thumbing through tombs.
3) We have submitted a paper to Science on this. If accepted it will go a long way to enable us to continue. Bill L is already retired.
Science = NSF ?