Honors Theses and Capstones

Chaos in the Solar Cycle: using data to drive predictions

Matthew Young, University of New Hampshire - Main Campus

Abstract

This report presents first steps at applying chaos theory to the solar activity cycle. We provide brief reviews of the history of sunspot records, the mathematical framework of chaos theory, and solar dynamo theory. Finally, we present results of nonlinear analysis of solar motion and propose that further research focus on characterizing local Lyapunov exponents of solar dynamics.