Award from China arrived to Hamish Reid and Heather Ratcliffe
The mini-volume published in RAA journal presented research papers based on talks at the 1st RadioSun workshop in China. The RadioSun network links research teams from China, Czech Republic, Poland, Russia and the UK. The paper by Hamish Reid and Heather Ratcliffe won a RAA Excellent Paper award.
Congratulations to Dr Motorina
Some of the Glasgow solar PhD students (Paul Wright, Stephen Brown, Galina Motorina) broadcasting live with STV’s Sean Batty during the eclipse
In the PhysicsCentral article, “Small-Scale Turbulence May Help Power Solar Explosions” the complex physics about role of turbulence in solar flares is explained using simple terms. The Glasgow-led research team spread over 13 time zones represents six languages, five solar instruments, and various areas of expertise on the Sun’s activity.
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European Solar Physics Meeting highlights group research
First IR flare observed at 8 microns, showing two IR sources near a sunspot.
Research led by Dr. Paulo Simoes has been featured as a research highlight in a press release from the 15th European Solar Physics meeting, held recently in Hungary. Paulo’s work uses numerical simulations to predict the behaviour of chromospheric flare emission in the infrared continuum, and understand how it can be used to track the evolution of chromospheric ionisation. Armed with this new knowledge, new observations with the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope will be proposed.
Dr. Eduard Kontar is elected as ESPD president
We congratulate A&A’s Dr. Eduard Kontar. He was elected president of the European Solar Physics Division (ESPD) of the European Physical Society (EPS) during the elections at the European Solar Physics Meeting (ESPM) in Budapest last week.
Dr. Eduard Kontar is also currently president of CESRA (Community of European Solar Radio Astronomers).
Well done from the group!
The ESPD is a division of the European Physical Society that represents and provides a forum for scientists interested in the physics of the Sun.
Poster prize for Paul Wright
Paul Wright (right) receiving the 2017 AAS Solar Physics Division Student Poster Prize at the 48th AAS/SPD meeting in Portland, OR.
Paul (and Stephen Brown) received an SPD Studentship to attend the meeting.
Early Career Prize to Dr. Natasha Jeffrey
We’re delighted that the EPS Solar Physics Division chose to award its first-ever 2017 ESPD Early Career Prize to Dr. Natasha Jeffrey “for significant contributions to the physics of solar flares and for inspiring outreach activities”.
The ceremony was attended by the Astronomer for Scotland, Professor John C Brown OBE FRSE, University Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Anton Muscatelli, former Reader and Director of University’s observatory, Dr. David Clarke FInstP as well as a descendant of Wilson, James Babington Smith. The event also saw presentations and display of material for the University’s Hunterian museum and National Museums of Scotland. The blue plaque will be permanently mounted at the entrance of the University’s observatory at Acre Rd.
Congratulations to Graham Kerr and Duncan Stackhouse!
Graham Kerr with thesis “Observations and Modelling of the Chromosphere During Solar Flares” and Duncan Stackhouse with thesis “The Acceleration and Transport of Electron Populations in Solar Flares” successfully passed their vivas.
Alliance Meeting on energetic particles, December 7-8, 2016
Alliance Meeting on energetic particles in solar flares [webpage] , contact Nic Bian regarding the meeting.
CESRA website moves from Paris to Glasgow
Glasgow now hosts the CESRA (Community of European Solar Radio Astronomers) website thanks to Kenzie Nimmo and Norman Gray. The recent solar radio (and other) science highlights can be followed, discussed and shared on Twitter and Facebook.
Congrats to Prof John Brown OBE
Congratulations to the A&A group’s Professor John Brown (former Regius Professor of Astronomy and currently Astronomer Royal for Scotland) who has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List “for services to the promotion of astronomy and science education”.
PhD studentship in solar radio physics
Coronal Mass Ejection and radio source imaged by LOFAR and SDO (see details here)
Afully funded PhD studentship is available in the area of Solar Radio Physics at the University of Glasgow. It is a joint UK-Franco project supported by Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA) and Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl). The successful candidate will be based in Glasgow in the Astronomy & Astrophysics group (http://www.astro.gla.ac.uk) and theywill closely collaborate with Paris Observatory, Meudon. The PhD student will work with imaging and spectroscopic data from the Low Frequency Array (LOFAR), developing simulations to establish more detailed links between radio transient phenomena and the fine structures in radio burst spectra.
The student should have a minimum of a 2.1 honours degree or higher in a relevant discipline and should be a UK or French National. The anticipated start date is 1st October 2016. Interested candidates should email Dr Kontar.
Giant solar radio source
In the outer solar corona, the radio observations provide the unique link between near-Sun phenomena and the effects of solar activity that extend throughout the heliosphere. ‘RadioSun‘ sponsored researchers use Low Frequency Array (LOFAR) radio images to study giant radio source associated with a Coronal Mass Ejection.
European Physical Society thesis prize goes to Dr Natasha Jeffrey
Peter Levens, a PhD student in the Astronomy and Astrophysics Group, has won the School of Physics and Astronomy’s Thomson Prize for his second year report on Solar Tornadoes in Prominences.
Well done Peter!
Differential Emission Measure (left) and Emission Measure Distribution (right) for a location in the solar tornado. From Levens et al (2015) A solar tornado observed by EIS: plasma diagnostics. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 582, A27. (doi:10.1051/0004-6361/201425586)
Articles on composer-in-residence Drew Mulholland
A recent Times Higher Education article is all about the school’s composer-in-residence Drew Mulholland.
On the 7th October 2015, bright aurora/northern lights were visible over Glasgow due to fast solar wind from a coronal hole on the Sun. A&A group member Dr Iain Hannah was able to photograph this aurora (shown below) and a time lapse of it is available here.
A&A Group at Explorathon 2015
On Friday 25th, four members of the group attended the Exploration 2015 at Glasgow Science Centre, a free night in which over 1000 members of the public came along to talk to researchers. We showed off some of the latest solar images and explained (using spectral lamps and spectrometers) why we look at the different colours/wavelengths of the solar light.
Amateur and professional astronomers are hunting solar flares
Amateur and professional astronomers are taking part in an observation campaign of solar flares until the 27th September 2015. F-HUNTERS is a campaign targeted to amateur astronomers, organized by the dissemination team of the F-CHROMA project. The main goal is to encourage solar astrophotographers to hunt for solar flares, along with space and ground-based solar observatories. The progress of the campaign can be followed on F-CHROMA’s Facebook page or Twitter feed. F-CHROMA is a project funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme, coordinated by Prof Lyndsay Fletcher.
Dr Alec MacKinnon discusses plasmas and STFC school [video]