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Title: Fractal structure of solar supergranulation
Authors: Paniveni, U.
Krishan, Vinod
Singh, J.S.
Srikanth, R.
Keywords: turbulence- Sun:Supergranulation
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: European Space Agency
Citation: Proceedings of the 11th European Solar Physics meeting, The Dynamic Sun: Challenges for Theory and Observations, 11-16 September 2005 (ESA SP-600, December 2005) p66.1
Abstract: We employ fractal analysis to study the complexity of supergranulation structure using the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) dopplergrams obtained during the solar minimum phase. Our data consists of 200 visually selected supergranular cells, for which we find a broad, slightly asymmetric dispersion in the size distribution, with the most probable size around 3 1.9 Mm. From the area-perimeter relation, we deduce a fractal dimension D of about 1.25. This is consistent with that for isobars, and suggests a possible turbulent origin of supergranulation. By relating this to the variances of kinetic energy, temperature and pressure, it is concluded that the supergranular network is close to being isobaric and that it has a possible turbulent origin. Also we are exploring a possible dependence of fractal dimension of the supergranulation structure on the solar maximum phase.
Description: Paper presented at the 11th European Solar Physics Meeting "The Dynamic Sun: Challenges for theory and Observations" (ESA SP-600). Ed by D. Danesy et al. held at Leuven, 11 - 16 September 2005.
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