Letter to the Editor
Phase asynchrony of the north-south sunspot activity
Institute of Physics, Saint-Petersburg State University, Russia e-mail: [ned;ponyavin]@geo.phys.spbu.ru
Accepted: 24 January 2006
Aims.Northern and Southern sunspot activities demonstrate striking synchronous behavior during a solar cycle. But sometimes synchronization fails and the north-south asymmetry occurs. The problem is the origin of the north-south asymmetry and its quasi-regular oscillations.Methods.We employed Cross-Recurrence Plot analysis to extract synchronization between the Northern and Southern sunspot activities.Results.By using Cross-Recurrence Plot technique and extracting line of synchronization we found that the north-south sunspot asymmetry is due to phase asynchrony between Northern and Southern hemispheric activities.
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