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]
Glasgow welcomes STFC Introductory Solar System Plasmas Summer School
The School’s objective is to bring internationally leading UK scientists to instruct and inspire the incoming PhD students. It will provide them with the broad context in which their specific research will reside, and encourage interdisciplinary thinking from the outset.
Twitter updates on CESRA school from our PhD students
Thanks to Paul Wright and Duncan Stackhouse one can follow CESRA school via twitter #CESRA2015
BBC’s Sky at Night programme this month features work by Dr Iain Hannah on small explosive releases of energy in the Sun’s atmosphere observed by NASA’s NuSTAR telescope. These observations are trying to catch the faint X-ray signatures of electrons being accelerated which would give clues to the physics powering these events.
Solar Radio Summer School
Glasgow University is hosting the 2015 CESRA radio summer school. The school is open to solar radio physicists including PhD students and early career researchers. The school will cover the essential elements of theory, modelling and data analysis and will feature lectures and tutorials. Students will have the opportunity to meet and discuss research topics with their peers together in an informal atmosphere.
Baolin Tan (China), Alexey Kuznetsov (Irkutsk, Russia) and Sergei Kuznetsov and Alexander Morgachev (Pulkovo, Russia) visit our group to work on the solar flares and radio emission from the Sun. The visits are supported by pan-European EU funded network ‘RadioSun’ involving China, Czech Republic, Poland, Russia and the UK.
Observatory Refurb – Update 5
The University’s observatory at Acre Rd is being refurbished over the summer – below are some photos showing the good progress that has been made. Lot’s has been done since the fifth, fourth, third, second and first set of pictures.
Scotland and India are working together to study eruptions on the Sun
Dr Prasad Subramanian, an associate professor of Physics at IISER Pune, visited the Glasgow Astronomy Group to study eruptions on the Sun. The collaboration is associated with the renewal of an agreement between University of Glasgow and Indian Institute of Science Education and Research in Pune (IISER-Pune).
Students and staff gathered at NJIT to share the latest research
Congratulations to Eduard Kontar and Nic Labrosse who have been newly elected to positions in the International Astronomical Union. Eduard has been elected to the Steering Committee of Division E (Sun and Heliosphere) and Nic to the Steering Committee of Commission E1 (Solar Radiation and Structure). Lyndsay Fletcher also takes over the Presidency of Commission E2 (Solar Activity) and remains as an ex officio member of Division E. All three group members formally assume their new roles after the closing ceremony of the XXIXth General Assembly of the IAU in Honolulu on 14th August 2015.
Observatory Refurb – Update 4
The University’s observatory at Acre Rd is being refurbished over the summer – below are some photos showing the current progress. Lot’s has been done since the fourth, third, second and first set of pictures.
Observatory Refurb – Update 3
The University’s observatory at Acre Rd is being refurbished over the summer – below are some photos showing the current progress. Lot’s has been done since the third, second and first set of pictures.