The University of Sheffield

Department of Applied Mathematics

Hicks Building, Hounsfield Road
S3 7RH Sheffield

Theory and Observations of the Solar-Terrestrial System

STFC Introduction to Solar and Solar-Terrestrial Physics



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This Summer School is intended to provide an introduction to the field of solar-terrestrial physics to new STFC postgraduate students (and others) starting work in the fields of solar physics, the solar corona and solar wind, magnetospheric physics and the physics of the upper atmosphere of the Earth. It covers the physics of the solar interior, the solar atmosphere (including the corona and solar wind) and the interactions of solar particles, magnetic fields and radiation with the magnetic field and atmosphere of the Earth. The intention is to provide students with an overview of the whole coupled Sun-Earth system. The first four days of the course (Monday-Thursday) will provide a general review of energy flow through the Sun-Earth system, starting in the interior of the Sun and ending in the Earth's atmosphere. On the last day there will be sessions providing a more detailed review of ground- and space-based instrumentation and observational technique of solar and magnetosphere-ionosphere-neutral atmosphere processes.

All lectures are in Lecture Theatre 5 of the Hicks Building. The Hicks Building is about 10-15 mins walk from The Edge, the Hall where your accommodation is provided.

 Sunday 14 September

 16.00 - 18.00 Registration

 18.30 Dinner (ONLY for those who requested!)

 19.30 Icebreaker


 Monday 15 September

 08.50 - 09.00   Welcome Address (Keith Burnett, FRS, Vice-Chancellor)

 09.00 - 10.30   The structure of the Sun: Solar interior (David Hughes)

 11.00 - 12.30  The structure of the Sun: Solar atmosphere (Mihalis Mathioudakis)

 12.30 - 14.00  Lunch

 14.00 - 15.30  Introduction to basic plasma physics (Philippa Browning)

 16.00 - 17.30  Introduction to MHD (MHD basics, stability, equilibrium) (Gunnar Hornig)

 17.45 - 18.15  Poster session I

 18.30  Dinner


 Tuesday 16 September

 09.00 - 10.30  MHD waves and oscillations: Observations and Theory (Robert Erdelyi)

 11.00 -12.30   MHD Reconnection: From nano-flares to CMEs (Alan Hood)

 12.30 - 14.00  Lunch

 14.00 - 15.30   Solar wind (Geraint Jones)

 16.00 - 17.30  Sun-Earth System: Space weather (David Berghmans)

 17.45 - 18.15  Poster session II

 18.30  Dinner


 Wednesday 17 September  

 09.00 - 10.30  The structure of the magnetosphere (Hugo Alleyne)

 11.00 - 12.30  Magnetospheric dynamics (Tim Yeoman)

 12.30 - 13.30  Lunch

 13.15 - 14.00  How to write a successful Thesis (Youra Taroyan)

 14.00  Excursion to Chatsworth House

 18.30  Dinner


 Thursday 18 September

 09.00 -10.30  Physics of the low-latitude ionosphere and thermosphere (Ranvir Dhillon)

 11.00 - 12.30  The aurora and the high-latitude ionosphere (Mike Kosch)

 12.30 - 14.00  Lunch

 14.00 - 15.30  Solar variability and the neutral atmosphere (Alan Aylward)

 16.00 - 17.30  Climate changes and global warming (Mike Lockwood)

 19.00  Conference Dinner


 Friday 19 September


 09.00 - 10.30  Solar instrumentations and techniques (Andrzej Fludra)

 11.00 - 12.30  Space-based instrumentation and techniques (Chris Owen)

 12.30 -  12.45  Close