Characterising the properties of Solar and Stellar Flares

Lead Research Organisation: Northumbria University
Department Name: Academic Services


This project will use optical data obtained using Kepler and K2 of low mass stars to search for flares. This project will determine if flares are preferentially observed at specific rotation phases and if so whether this is consistent with the view that they originate from cooler starspots. A search will also be made to determine if stellar cycles in stars can be found from the long term rate of stellar flares. A second strand to the project will involve studying Solar flares and searching for, amongst other things, quasi periodic oscillations from flares.


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Doyle L (2018) Investigating the rotational phase of stellar flares on M dwarfs using K2 short cadence data in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Doyle L (2019) Probing the origin of stellar flares on M dwarfs using TESS data sectors 1-3 in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
ST/N503927/1 18/10/2015 17/04/2021
1864481 Studentship ST/N503927/1 30/09/2016 30/03/2020 Lauren Doyle
Description IAU Travel Grant
Amount € 500 (EUR)
Organisation International Astronomical Union 
Sector Learned Society
Country France
Start 05/2019 
End 07/2019
Description IOP Research Student Conference Fund Grant
Amount £300 (GBP)
Organisation Institute of Physics (IOP) 
Sector Learned Society
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2019 
End 02/2020
Description RAS Small Grant Award
Amount £900 (GBP)
Organisation Royal Astronomical Society 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2018 
End 06/2018
Description TESS/NASA Travel Grant
Amount $400 (USD)
Organisation National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) 
Sector Public
Country United States
Start 03/2019 
End 03/2019
Description Collaboration with Durham University 
Organisation Durham University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Both myself and my supervisor worked closely with Peter Wyper from Durham University on a project involving both observations and modelling of a solar filament eruption and flare. I was responsible for the observational data analysis where the data was gathered by my supervisor.
Collaborator Contribution Peter's expertise and Modelling was vital to the project which forms a part of my PhD thesis. He was responsible for the modelling of the eruptive event which was compared to the observations. Without Peter's input the project wouldn't have been as successful.
Impact This collaboration resulted in a publication within the Astrophysical Journal.
Start Year 2017