Leading solar physicist visiting School of Physics

23 June 2011

The School of Physics will be hosting US solar physicist, Professor Alan Title from Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center, Palo Alto, at a special Colloquium in the School on Tuesday 5 July.

Professor Title is the physicist behind the Advanced Imaging Assembly (AIA), the new extreme ultraviolet telescope on NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) spacecraft. In his talk he will present information about the AIA instrument on SDO, an instrument that, as Chief Scientist, he was principally responsible for designing.

The AIA has been providing spectacular new imagery of our closest star in action, at 4096 x 4096 (four times High Definition!) resolution, since its launch in February 2011.

Associate Professor Mike Wheatland from the School of Physics is one of several School researchers working with SDO data including the magnetic field measurements returned by the spacecraft's instruments.

"The SDO achieves a striking advance in our ability to image the Sun, and provides crucial information helping astrophysicists to understand the Sun, its patterns and 'mood swings'," says Professor Wheatland. "I expect Professor Title's presentation to be stunning."

Professor Title's talk will feature dramatic high-resolution movies of the Sun at its dynamic best, as seen by SDO. This Special Colloquium will be held Tuesday 5 July from 3.00pm to 4.00pm in the School's Lecture Theatre 1.

Contact: Mike Wheatland

Phone: 02 9351 5965

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