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Hemispheric Patterns in Filament Chirality and Sigmoid Shape over the Solar Cycle

  • Petrus C. Martens (a1), Anthony R. Yeates (a2) and Karthik G. Pillai (a3)

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The motivation for our research was to study the correlation between the chirality of filaments and the handedness (S- or Z-shape) of sigmoids. It was assumed that sigmoids would mostly coincide with filaments and that the S-shaped sigmoids would correlate well with filaments of sinistral chirality, which we found that to be at best a very weak relation. Since we had a full solar cycle of filament metadata at hand it was easy to verify the supposedly known hemispheric preference of filament chirality. We discovered that the hemispheric chirality rule was confirmed for the epoch where a thorough manual study had been performed, but that at other phases of the solar cycle the rule seems to disappear and sometimes even reverse.

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Hemispheric Patterns in Filament Chirality and Sigmoid Shape over the Solar Cycle

  • Petrus C. Martens (a1), Anthony R. Yeates (a2) and Karthik G. Pillai (a3)

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