Fundamental Plasma Physics of the Solar System: Warwick CFSA Rolling Grant Application

Lead Research Organisation: University of Warwick
Department Name: Physics

Abstract

We request support for a programme of research within three themes: (i) coronal dynamics (ii) solar wind turbulence and (iii) plasma phenomena for astrophysics. A quantitative understanding of the fundamental physical processes acting in the corona, in particular processes responsible for the energy release in flares, heating the corona and accelerating the solar wind, is essential not only to the physics of the Sun and its connection to the Earth's environment, but it also enhances our knowledge of astrophysical plasmas processes in general. For instance, the corona is a laboratory for studying magnetic reconnection in three dimensions. Coronal MHD waves are of direct relevance to much of the dynamics such as solar flares and eruptions; coronal waves are capable of transferring energy and mechanical momentum from the convection zone into the corona and heliosphere and are associated with the development of plasma instabilities. The solar wind, with magnetic Reynolds number estimated as ~ 10^5 is in principle an MHD turbulence laboratory so that quantifying its fluctuations has direct implications for our understanding of MHD turbulence; it is also highly relevant to our understanding of coronal heating (of which we see a remnant signature in the solar wind), of the propagation of cosmic rays in the heliosphere, and magnetospheric dynamics for which the solar wind is the driver. Particle acceleration by collisionless shocks, and the physics of warm dense matter, are at two extreme boundaries of our knowledge of plasma physics relevant to astrophysics. A quantitative understanding of these processes, closely coupled to observations, can again be seen as either the means to understanding observed phenomena, namely cosmic rays, and the structure of gas giants, or as using the observed phenomena as a strong drive to understanding new fundamental plasma physics.

Publications

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Andries J (2009) Coronal Seismology by Means of Kink Oscillation Overtones in Space Science Reviews

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Anfinogentov S (2013) THE DECAYING LONG-PERIOD OSCILLATION OF A STELLAR MEGAFLARE in The Astrophysical Journal

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Anfinogentov S (2013) Decay-less kink oscillations in coronal loops in Astronomy & Astrophysics

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Arber T (2009) THERMAL FRONTS IN FLARING MAGNETIC LOOPS in The Astrophysical Journal

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Bakunina I (2008) Long period oscillations of microwave emission of solar active regions: observations with NoRH and SSRT in Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union

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Bakunina I (2013) Long-Period Oscillations of Sunspots by NoRH and SSRT Observations in Publications of the Astronomical Society of Japan

 
Description please see the relevant research papers
Exploitation Route please see the relevant research papers
Sectors Energy,Environment

 
Description please see the relevant research papers on climate change
First Year Of Impact 2013
Sector Energy,Environment
Impact Types Societal,Economic

 
Description Chapman- RS International Travel Grant
Amount £3,000 (GBP)
Organisation The Royal Society 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2011 
End 03/2011
 
Description Chapman-Cross Disciplinary Feasibility Account
Amount £249,851 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2009 
End 03/2011
 
Description Connectivity of the Sun's atmosphere by MHD waves
Amount £12,000 (GBP)
Organisation The Royal Society 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2008 
End 09/2010
 
Description Fundamental astroplasma physics of the sun and heliosphere, Warwick CFSA Rolling Grant
Amount £1,243,453 (GBP)
Funding ID ST/I000720/1 
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2011 
End 03/2015
 
Description Nakariakov - Newton International Fellowship for Dr M Gruszecki
Amount £60,000 (GBP)
Organisation The Royal Society 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2009 
End 10/2011
 
Description Nakariakov - Royal Society International Project with the Space Research Institute, Moscow, Russia
Amount £12,000 (GBP)
Organisation The Royal Society 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2010 
End 09/2013
 
Description PPRP Detector Development for the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope
Amount £3,000,000 (GBP)
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2015 
End 12/2019
 
Description Parallel Computing Resources for the UK MHD Community
Amount £914,278 (GBP)
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2009 
End 12/2012
 
Description Verwichte - International Travel Grant " MHD Waves and oscillations in solar magnetic structures"
Amount £740 (GBP)
Organisation The Royal Society 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2006 
End 07/2006
 
Description Verwichte - International Travel Grant for AOGS 2010, Hyderabad, India
Amount £1,670 (GBP)
Organisation The Royal Society 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2010 
End 07/2010
 
Description MOU Warwick-Kyushu 
Organisation Research Institute for Applied Mechanics (RIAM)
Country Japan 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Collaborative work and graduate lectures at Kyushu
Collaborator Contribution Collaboration at space plasma- fusion plasma interface.
Impact Formal MOU between Kyushu University and Warwick University
Start Year 2009
 
Description Memorandum of Understanding between the Lebedev Physical Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences and the University of Warwick for the Co-operation of Scientific Investigations 
Organisation Russian Academy of Sciences
Department Lebedev Physical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (LPI RAS)
Country Russian Federation 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Experience in MHD wave theory, analysis of EUV solar data, MHD coronal seismology.
Collaborator Contribution Access to the data of the CORONAS-PHOTON space mission. Participation in the proposal of the ARKA/CSI space mission.
Impact Proposal of NASA/RKA-funded space mission ARKA/CSI.
Start Year 2010
 
Description The Royal Society International Joint Project 
Organisation Russian Academy of Sciences
Department Space Research Institute
Country Russian Federation 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Expertise in the analysis of quasi-periodic pulsations in astrophysical energy releases.
Collaborator Contribution Access to the data of Integral/SPI.
Impact Nakariakov, V.M., Zimovets, I.V., Slow Magnetoacoustic Waves in Two-Ribbon Flares, Astrophys. J. 730, L27, 2011 Nakariakov, V. M., Inglis, A. R., Zimovets, I. V., Foullon, C., Verwichte, E., Sych, R., Myagkova, I.N., Oscillatory processes in solar flares, Plasma Phys. Control. Fusion 52 124009, 2010, doi:10.1088/0741-3335/52/12/124009
Start Year 2010
 
Description Discussion in local school 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 20 students attend talk which lead to 30 minutes of discussion.

School stated this helps maintain commitment of students to study science in higher education.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description Foullon - University press release "Kelvin-Helmholtz instability at the Sun" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Extensive media coverage online and in press

University of Warwick used the picture of the press release on their front page for a few weeks, recognising its potential for attracting students into studying science at Warwick.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Nakariakov - Lecture at Priorsfield Primary School, Kenilworth 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 120 pupils attended the lecture and took part in the discussion after it.

The pupils were very interested in the topic and asked a number of questions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description Press release on solar wind turbulence 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Numerous mentions in print and web based media

Interviews with media
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description Verwichte - Knowle Astronomical Society 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Verwichte - 30-40 amateur astronomers attended a lecture on "Space Weather: Solar-Terrestrial Relations"

Increased public awareness of solar system plasma physics
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2007