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Research Statement

The research consists of studying the processes behind energy dissipation in the lower solar atmosphere by examining the Sun in high-resolution photospheric and chromospheric observations. In particular, the focus is on the generation, propagation and dissipation of magnetoacoustic waves, which are channelled through the solar atmosphere by the strong magnetic fields synonymous with sunspots.

Previous observational work has shown that observationally derived Fourier spectra in the lower solar atmosphere are governed by a power law relationship. What is currently unknown is how the spectral slopes change depending on the underlying physical mechanisms at work.

Data-driven numerical simulations will be used to model the solar atmosphere in 3D. The spectral slopes will be investigated, and the initialisation parameters of the model will be modified until the characteristics of the real solar atmosphere are recreated, thus allowing the underlying wave physics to be readily constrained.

Biography

Before joining the Astrophysics Research Centre in October 2019, I spent four amazing years on the east coast of Fife, Scotland at the University of St Andrews studying for my MPhys Mathematics and Theoretical Physics degree. While in St Andrews I was very active in their student physics society. I co-founded an award-winning podcast for them, insight, where we interviewed scientists from around the world about their life in academia. Prior to my time in St Andrews, I studied A-levels in Physics, Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Music as well as an AS in Chemistry at St Columb’s College. I am also the Web Editor for the Initiative for Interstellar Studies. In my free time, I enjoy listening to podcasts as well as playing the trombone in bands.

Teaching

Demonstrating 2019-20

  • PHY1003 - Computational Modelling in Physics

Research Interests

Solar physics; magnetohydrodynamical (MHD) waves; energy dissipation; radiative transfer; astronomical spectroscopy

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