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2018MNRAS.480..477V - Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 480, 477-487 (2018/October-2)

The magnetic field vector of the Sun-as-a-star - II. Evolution of the large-scale vector field through activity cycle 24.


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In this work, we investigate how the large-scale magnetic field of the Sun, in its three vector components, has evolved during most of cycle 24, from 2010 January to 2018 April. To filter out the small-scale field of the Sun, present in high-resolution synoptic maps, we use a spherical harmonic decomposition method, which decomposes the solar field in multipoles with different l degrees. By summing together the low-l multipoles, we reconstruct the large-scale field at a resolution similar to observed stellar magnetic fields, which allows the direct comparison between solar and stellar magnetic maps. During cycle 24, the 'Sun-as-a-star' magnetic field shows a polarity reversal in the radial and meridional components, but not in the azimuthal component. The large-scale solar field remains mainly poloidal with ≳70 per cent of its energy contained in the poloidal component. During its evolution, the large-scale field is more axisymmetric and more poloidal when near minima in sunspot numbers, and with a larger intensity near maximum. There is a correlation between toroidal energy and sunspot number, which indicates that spot fields are major contributors to the toroidal large-scale energy of the Sun. The solar large-scale magnetic properties fit smoothly with observational trends of stellar magnetism reported in See et al. The toroidal (<B_ tor_2>) and poloidal (<B_ pol_2>) energies are related as <B_ tor_2><^B_ pol_2>1.38±0.04^. Similar to the stellar sample, the large-scale field of the Sun shows a lack of toroidal non-axisymmetric field.

Abstract Copyright: © 2018 The Author(s) Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society

Journal keyword(s): methods: analytical - magnetic topology - surface magnetism - magnetic fields

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