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New approaches in coronal heating









Kavli Royal Society Centre, Chicheley Hall, Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, MK16 9JJ


Theo Murphy international scientific meeting organised by Dr Ineke De Moortel and Professor Philippa Browning

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Event details

It has been known for more than half a century that – surprisingly - the Sun’s atmosphere is far hotter than its surface. This meeting will be dedicated to the long standing ‘coronal heating problem’, bringing together theoretical experts with modellers and observers to assess current understanding and debate the most promising strategy to ensure further progress.

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This is a residential conference, which allows for increased discussion and networking.  It is free to attend, however participants need to cover their accommodation and catering costs if required.

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An overview of flux braiding experiments

Dr Antonia Wilmot-Smith, University of Dundee, UK

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Closing address

Professor Eric Priest FRS, University of St Andrews, UK

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The coronal heating problem: current understanding and future directions

Dr Jim Klimchuk, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center USA

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IRIS observations of the chromosphere and transition region and their connection to the corona

Dr Bart De Pontieu, Lockheed Martin Solar & Astrophysics Laboratory (LMSAL), USA

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Magnetohydrodynamic wave heating of the solar atmosphere

Dr Inigo Arregui, Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC), Spain

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Models of nanoflares: MHD and plasma response

Professor Peter Cargill, Imperial College/University of St Andrews, UK

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The importance of magnetic topology for coronal heating

Professor Clare Parnell, University of St Andrews, UK

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The role of partial ionization and heating in chromosphere

Dr Juan Martinez-Sykora, LMSAL/University of Oslo, Norway

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The role of reconnection in coronal heating

Professor Dana Longcope, Montana State University, USA

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The role of turbulence in coronal heating

Dr Marco Velli, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, USA

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The significance of kink instabilities in coronal heating

Dr Michael Bareford, University of St Andrews, UK

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What can large scale MHD experiments tell us about coronal heating

Dr Hardi Peter, Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Germany

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What can observations tell us about coronal heating?

Professor Joan Schmelz, University of Memphis, USA

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What can we learn about coronal heating from other stars?

Dr Paola Testa, CFA Harvard, USA

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New approaches in coronal heating Kavli Royal Society Centre, Chicheley Hall Newport Pagnell Buckinghamshire MK16 9JJ