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.

Solar Physics

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The Sun is the most important astronomical object for humankind. Solar activity is driving space weather and has a profound effect on the environment and communications. The Sun is also a unique physics laboratory where we can study in detail the interaction between the plasma and the magnetic field over an enormous range of spatial and temporal scales. Solar physics research at QUB uses high-cadence observations (such as those shown to the right, from our ROSA instrument) to investigate how processes, including energy transfer, propagate in the solar atmosphere and beyond.

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. Sergiy Shelyag (Visiting Research Fellow)
  • Dr. Ryan Milligan (Visiting Research Fellow)
  • Dr. Vasco Henriques (PDRA)
  • Dr. Peter Keys (PDRA, ROSA Instrument Scientist)
  • Dr. S. Krishna Prasad (PDRA)
  • Dr. Aaron Reid (PDRA)
  • Sam Grant (PhD Student)
  • Ondrej Prochazka (PhD Student)
  • Scott Houston (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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