Our research

Our research includes:

  • Highly dynamic phenomena including active regions, flares and small-scale transients.
  • Wave generation and energy transport.
  • EUV and coronal spectroscopy.

For our observational programme we use a wealth of data from a range of facilities and instruments. These include space missions such as SoHO, TRACE, RHESSI and Hinode, as well as ground-based telescopes such as the Dunn Solar Telescope (DST) at the National Solar Observatory in New Mexico, and the Swedish Solar Telescope (SST) on La Palma.

In 2009 we commissioned the Rapid Oscillations in the Solar Atmosphere (ROSA) imaging system at the on the DST. This state-of-the-art instrument can observe the Sun simultaneously in 6 wavelengths with a spatial resolution of 0.12" (84 km on the surface of the Sun) and a cadence exceeding 30 frames per second. Then, in 2010 we were awarded a Royal Society Research Grant to build and commission one of the most sensitive chromospheric imaging instruments in the world. The resulting instrument, the Hydrogen-Alpha Rapid Dynamics camera (HARDcam), is now present at the DST as a common user instrument, and has been used extensively since it's successful commissioning in 2011. We have also recently established a new UKIERI collaboration.

The team

The ARC Solar physics team comprises:

  • Prof. Francis Keenan
  • Dr. David Jess (STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellow)
  • Dr. Vasco Henriques (Visiting Research Fellow)
  • Dr. Sergiy Shelyag (Visiting Research Fellow)
  • Dr. Ryan Milligan (Visiting Research Fellow)
  • Dr. Peter Keys (Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow)
  • Dr. S. Krishna Prasad (PDRA)
  • Dr. Aaron Reid (PDRA)
  • Christopher Dillon (PhD Student)
  • Scott Houston (PhD Student)
  • Ondrej Prochazka (PhD Student)
  • Sean Quinn (PhD Student)
  • Ryan Campbell (PhD Student)
  • Caitlin Gilchrist-Millar (PhD Student)

SOLARNET 5 School and Workshop

Queen's will host the 5th SOLARNET School and workshop from 25th August 2016 - 2nd of September 2016 on Waves and Oscillation in the Solar Atmosphere. More details on the school can be found here.

Recent results

Links to selected papers from the last two years:

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