Scheme: Newton International Fellowships
Organisation: University of Warwick
Dates: Oct 2009-Sep 2011
Summary: My research interests are in Solar Physics. In particular I am interested in the most upper part of the solar atmosphere, the corona which is consist of a fully ionised, highly magnetised and hot plasma. Dynamical processes in the solar corona, for example solar flares and coronal mass ejections are the most powerful physical phenomena in the Solar System. They shape up Space Weather and hence directly affect our satellites, telecommunication and navigation systems, electric power supply lines and pipelines, as well as the Earth’s climate. Also, the corona, as a natural plasma laboratory, is crucial for our understanding of basic physical processes operating in plasmas, which is vital for the international efforts in the controlled fusion research - an essentially limitless and environmentally clean source of energy. Recently launched solar mission such as Hinode, STEREO and SDO improved qualitatively the observational study of the solar corona. One of the major recent observational discoveries in Solar Physics was the observational detection of magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) wave activity of the corona. The waves are believed to be responsible for the solution of the enigmatic problems of Solar Physics: the coronal heating and solar wind acceleration. Also, the waves are natural probes of the medium, and are intensively used for plasma diagnostics through the method of MHD coronal seismology. My main research area is the MHD wave interaction with plasma structures in the solar corona, aiming to contribute to our understanding of the physics of coronal heating and flaring energy releases, and also gain knowledge, fundamental for plasma physics in general.