The Sun, our closest star, is the geometrical and gravitational centre of our Solar System - it provides all the light, heat and energy that is required for life here on Earth. The influence of the Sun extends over a vast region, called the Heliosphere, which includes the solar system planets. Due to the Sun being so near (150 million km, which in astronomical terms is tiny!) we can observe it in immense detail. It is also very important to understand how this celestial object interacts with our planet. The research carried out by the solar group focusses on studying the Sun and how the Sun's activity affects the Earth. The Solar Physics group is part of the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute.
The solar physics group are carrying out international research on the Sun’s atmosphere and its impact on the solar system including the Earth.
Our scientific interests include:
Our research makes use of:
We are involved in a number of international projects including:
Publication information available on the Jeremiah Horrocks institute website.
Opportunities for postgraduate study within the Solar Physics group are available each year, including for PhD and MSc by Research. Fully funded PhD studentships are offered, as described on the JHI website.
If you are interested in pursuing a PhD or MSc by Research in our group, you are welcome to contact Dr Silvia Dalla for an informal discussion of possible projects.
Dr Danielle Bewsher: Transient Transition Region phenomena (eg, blinkers, explosive events, spicules), Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) and dimming regions, STEREO/HI calibration
Dr Daniel Brown: Structure of solar magnetic fields, x-ray bright points, rotating sunspots, STEREO/HI calibration
Dr Silvia Dalla: Solar flares and CMEs, energetic particle acceleration during flares, Space weather
Professor Robert Walsh: MHD Simulations, Coronal Heating, Coronal Loops, MHD Waves, HI-C
Dr Timo Laitinen: Solar energetic particle modelling and data analysis
Andrew Walker, Rotating sunspots
Don Doran, Solar Energetic Particles
Peter Zelina, Solar Energetic Particles
Martin Birch: Effects of solar particle events within the Earth's magnetosphere and ionosphere
Dr Barbara Bromage: Emeritus Reader in Solar Physics: Structure and evolution of coronal holes and associated features (eg. plumes and prominences); effect of solar events on the Earth's atmosphereJohn Hargreaves: Effects of solar particle events within the Earth's magnetosphere and ionosphere
Further information can be found at the JHI website.