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Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 7301-7306, 2015
http://www.atmos-chem-phys.net/15/7301/2015/
doi:10.5194/acp-15-7301-2015
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Research article
07 Jul 2015
On the scaling of the solar incident flux
C. A. Varotsos1, S. Lovejoy2, N. V. Sarlis3, C. G. Tzanis1, and M. N. Efstathiou1 1Climate Research Group, Division of Environmental Physics and Meteorology, Faculty of Physics, University of Athens, University Campus Bldg. Phys. V, Athens, 157 84, Greece
2Physics Department, McGill University, 3600 University St. Montreal, Que. H3A 2T8, Canada
3Department of Solid State Physics, Faculty of Physics, School of Science, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Panepistimiopolis Zografos, 157 84 Athens, Greece
Abstract. It was recently found that spectral solar incident flux (SIF) as a function of the ultraviolet wavelengths exhibits 1/f-type power-law correlations. In this study, an attempt was made to explore the residues of the SIF with respect to the Planck law over a wider range of wavelengths, from 115.5 to 629.5 nm. Using spectral, Haar and Detrended Fluctuation analyses, we show that over the range from 10–20 nm to the maximum lag (≈ 500 nm), the SIF residues have a scaling regime with fluctuation exponent H ≈ 0.37 but with high intermittency (C1 ≈ 0.16, multifractal index α≈ 1.7) and spectral exponent ≈ 1.46. Over the shorter wavelengths range we found on the contrary low intermittency (C1 ≈ 0) with spectral exponent ≈ 1 and H ≈ 0.

Citation: Varotsos, C. A., Lovejoy, S., Sarlis, N. V., Tzanis, C. G., and Efstathiou, M. N.: On the scaling of the solar incident flux, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 7301-7306, doi:10.5194/acp-15-7301-2015, 2015.
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Varotsos et al. (Theor. Appl. Climatol., 114, 725–727, 2013) found that the solar ultraviolet (UV) wavelengths exhibit 1/f-type power-law correlations. In this study, we show that the residues of the spectral solar incident flux with respect to the Planck law over a wider range of wavelengths (i.e. UV-visible) have a scaling regime too.
Varotsos et al. (Theor. Appl. Climatol., 114, 725–727, 2013) found that the solar ultraviolet...
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