Armagh Observatory
College Hill
Armagh
N. Ireland

STFC Introductory Solar System Plasmas Summer School

 

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STFC Courses in Solar System Plasmas have played an important part in the early training of solar, heliospheric, magnetospheric and ionospheric physicists since the 1980s. The Introductory course, as well as providing a grounding in the theory and the most recent observations relevant to their fields, allows new PhD students and other participants to interact scientifically with each other and with the lecturers, thus strengthening the field as a whole - particularly in the UK. We wish to continue this excellent tradition by hosting the next introductory summer school in Solar System Plasmas at Armagh Observatory. The Observatory has expertise in both solar and solar-terrestrial observations and theory as well as solar system dynamics. The objective is to provide the training necessary to produce inter-disciplinary scientists who can work effectively in teams at the interfaces between different science areas.

The course is hosted by Armagh Observatory with the lectures in the Armagh Planetarium  

 Sunday 16 September

 17:00 - 18:00 Registration

 18:30 - Icebreaker

 19:00 - Buffet meal

 

 Monday 17 September -- Solar System

 08:45 - 09:00  Welcome

 09:00 - 10:30  Origin of the Solar System, Planets and Small Bodies .. Mark Bailey (Armagh) – Presentation in PDF format.

 10:30 - 11:00  Tea/Coffee

 11:00 - 12:30  The Sun as a Star: Internal Structure & Evolution .. Simon Jeffery (Armagh) – Presentation in PDF format.

 12:30 - 14:00  Lunch

 14:00 - 15:30  Solar Interior: Results from Helioseismology .. Bill Chaplin (Brimingham) – Presentation in PDF format.

 15:30 - 16:00  Tea/Coffee

 16:00 - 17:30  Introduction to the Solar Atmosphere: Photosphere, Chromosphere & Corona .. Shaun Bloomfield (TCD) – Presentation in PDF format and movie files.

 17:30 - 18:30  Set Phasers to Stun! .. Francis Keenan (Queens)

 18:45 - 20:00   Dinner at a local restaurant

 

 Tuesday 18 September -- Solar-Terrestrial Relationships

 08:45 - 10:15  Solar Variability and Impact on Climate ... Mathew Owens (Reading) – Presentation in PDF format.

 10:15 - 10:45  Tea/Coffee

 10:45 - 12:15   The Ionosphere .. Alan Aylward (UCD) – Presentation in PDF format.

 12:15 - 13:30  Lunch

 13:30 - 15:00   The Magnetosphere .. Chris Owen (MSSL) – Presentation in PDF format.

 15:00 - 15:30  Tea/Coffee

 15:30 - 17:00   The Thermosphere-Mesosphere .. Mike Kosch (Lancaster) – Presentation in PDF format.

 17:00 - 17:15   Break

 17:15 - 18:15   Working in the Antarctia .. Mike Kosch (Lancaster)

 18:45 - 20:00  Dinner at a local restaurant

 

 Wednesday 19 September --MHD & Plasma Physics  

 08:45 - 10.15   Introduction to Plasma Physics: gyration, drifts, plasma oscillations, waves in magnetised plasmas, elements of plasma kinetics .. David Tsiklauri (Queen Mary) – Presentation in PDF format.

 10:15 - 10:45  Tea/Coffee

 10:45 - 12:15  Introduction to MHD: MHD equations, applicability conditions, basic time-scales and dimensionless parameters .. Alan Hood (St. Andrews) – Presentation in PDF format.

 12:15 - 13:30  Lunch

 13:30 - 15:00  MHD Waves and Instabilities: Waves in uniform media, modes of a magnetic flux tube, basic macroscopic and microscopic instabilities .. Robertus von Fay-Siebenburgen (Sheffield) – Presentation in PDF format.

 15:00 - 15:30  Tea/Coffee

 15:30 - 17:00  Magnetic reconnection: 2D reconnection (Petschek + Sweet-Parker), basic concepts of topology .. Alan Hood (St. Andrews)

 17:00 - 18:00   Using the HELiophysics Integrated Observatory (HELIO) to discover and connect data throughout the heliosphere .. David Perez-Suarez (TCD) – Presentation as YouTube video.

 18:15 - 18:45  Experience the Aurora Show at the Planetarium

 19:00  Conference Dinner

 

 Thursday 20 September -- The Dynamic Sun

 08:45 - 10:15  Current Solar Instrumentation (ground & space) .. Mihalis Mathioudakis (Belfast) – Presentation in PDF format.

 10:15 - 10:45  Tea/Coffee

 10:45 - 12:15  The Dynamic Sun: Implications for Coronal Heating and Solar Wind Generation .. Maria Madjarska (Armagh) – Presentation in PDF format.

 12:15 - 13:30  Lunch

 13:30 - 15:00  Atomic Data: Its Role in Interpretating the Data .. Giulio del Zanna (Cambridge) – Presentation in PDF format.

 15:00 - 15:30  Tea/Coffee

 15:45 - 18:30  Downloading and Reducing Solar Remote Sensing Data (workshop at the Observatory) .. Maria Madjarska (Armagh)–Workshop tutorial in PDF format.

 19:00 - 20:00  Dinner at a local restaurant

 

 Friday 21 September -- The Sun in Time: Flares, Sun-like & Cool Stars

 08:45 - 10:15  The Sun in Time: Evolution of Coronae of Solar-Type & Cool Stars Stars .. Rob Jeffries (Keele) – Presentation in PDF format. and Notes in PDF format.

 10:15 - 10:45  Tea/Coffee

 10:45 - 12:15  CMEs, the Solar Wind and the Heliosphere: Basic solar wind models, basic structures, phenomenology of CMEs .. Peter Gallagher (TCD) – Presentation in PDF format.

 12:15 - 13:30  Lunch

 13:30 - 15:00  Flares and particle acceleration .. Eduard Kontar (Glasgow) – Presentation in PDF format.

 15:00 - 15:30  Tea/Coffee

 15:30 - 16:30  Radio observations: Flares, planets & Brown Dwarfs .. Alexey Kuznetsov (Armagh) – Presentation in PDF format.