Members

A truly international team
researching wave dynamics

The WaLSA Team currently consists of 29 members, spanning 24 research institutes from 12 countries, with diverse expertise in the field of wave activity in the lower solar atmosphere.

Diverse expertise

Aligned objectives

Balanced disciplines

Complementary experience

WaLSA Team

Core Members

The 12 core members, from 8 countries, are listed below (in alphabetical order). The team members hold a wealth of experience in the handling, preparation, and exploitation of high-resolution data sequences from modern ground-based and space/balloon-borne solar observatories, as well as in theory and simulations, spectro-polarimetric signatures, and radiative transfer processes. See the team's Scientific Rationale for greater detail.

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Rebecca Centeno

USA

High Altitude Observatory
Dr Rebecca Centeno

Project Scientist at the High Altitude Observatory of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, in Colorado (USA). Her main scientific interest lies in the field of Solar Spectropolarimetry for remote sensing of magnetic fields on the Sun.

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Bernhard Fleck

USA

ESA Directorate of Science; c/o NASA/GSFC
Dr Bernhard Fleck

ESA Project Scientist for SOHO, Hinode, and IRIS, based at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center near Washington, DC, USA. His research interests include wave-propagation characteristics of gravity waves and high-frequency acoustic waves in the photosphere and chromosphere of the Sun.

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Shahin Jafarzadeh*

Norway

University of Oslo
Dr Shahin Jafarzadeh

Researcher at Rosseland Centre for Solar Physics (RoCS), University of Oslo, Norway. His studies concern the lower-to-mid atmosphere of the Sun, regarding how magnetic fields structure dynamics of those layers. He is predominantly interested in wave activity in the lower solar atmosphere.

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David B. Jess*

UK

Queen’s University Belfast
Prof David B. Jess

Solar physicist at Queen’s University Belfast, UK. His work predominantly explores the lower atmosphere of the Sun, with an emphasis placed on understanding energy flow through the turbulent and dynamic layers of the photosphere and chromosphere in the form of MHD waves.

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Peter H. Keys*

UK

Queen’s University Belfast
Dr Peter H. Keys

Solar physicist at Queen’s University Belfast, UK. His work centres on the dynamics of small-scale magnetic elements that are ubiquitous across the solar disc. His work on these elements follows their evolution and formation, as well as waves that are found to propagate along them.

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Elena Khomenko

Spain

Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias
Dr Elena Khomenko

Research scientist at the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC, Spain). She has mostly been working in the field of Solar Physics, MHD wave theory, theory of partially ionized plasmas, quiet Sun magnetic fields, and spectropolarimetry.

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Richard Morton

UK

Northumbria University
Dr Richard Morton

Senior Lecturer at Northumbria University, UK. He currently leads a small research group who are motivated to understand the role magnetohydrodynamic waves play in transferring energy around the Sun’s atmosphere.

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Aimee A. Norton

USA

Stanford University
Dr Aimee A. Norton

Astronomer at Stanford University, USA, researching the Sun’s magnetic fields. Her interests are observational and include both the short and long time scales of solar magnetism, i.e., MHD waves and the solar dynamo.

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Hannah Schunker

Australia

University of Newcastle
Dr Hannah Schunker

Lecturer at University of Newcastle, Australia. As a helioseismologist, her research includes the coupling of the photospheric magnetic field to the subsurface layers, which will provide more boundary conditions for solar dynamo and solar flux emergence models.

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Marco Stangalini*

Italy

ASI - Italian Space Agency
Dr Marco Stangalini

Researcher at ASI (Italian Space Agency). His interests are primarily the study of MHD waves, through the analysis of high spatial resolution spectropolarimetric data, and the development of new high resolution instrumentation.

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Oskar Steiner

Germany / Switzerland

KIS / Istituto Ricerche Solari Locarno
Dr Oskar Steiner

Senior researcher at the Leibniz Institute for Solar Physics, KIS (DE) and at IRSOL (CH). His research includes numerical experiments of wave propagation and conversion for the interpretation and prediction of observable signals of wave activities in the solar atmosphere.

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Gary Verth

UK

University of Sheffield
Dr Gary Verth

He specialises in both the theory and observational interpretation of magnetohydrodynamic waves in the solar atmosphere, in both large-scale (e.g., sunspots and pores) and small-scale (e.g., spicules and chromospheric fibrils) magnetic structures.

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WaLSA Team

Associate Members

Associate members are equally involved in the research conducted by the WaLSA Team. The associate members listed below (in alphabetical order) are the first of many envisaged. New associates are expected to join the team in the near future.

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Tony Arber

UK

University of Warwick
Prof Tony Arber

Scientist at the University of Warwick, UK. His research interests are in computational plasma physics applied to solar physics, space weather, laser-plasma interactions, fusion and QED-plasmas.

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Andrés Asensio Ramos

Spain

Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias
Dr Andrés A. Ramos

Researcher at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, Spain. His research includes Sun's magnetic-field measurements, and more recently, application of differentiable programming (aka deep learning) to get physical information of the solar atmosphere.

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Robert Cameron

Germany

Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research
Dr Robert Cameron

Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Germany. His research includes radiative MHD simulations of the solar atmosphere, solar dynamo, helioseismologiy, and MHD waves in the solar atmosphere.

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Viktor Fedun

UK

University of Sheffield
Dr Viktor Fedun

Scientist at Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, The University of Sheffield. His research is primarily concerned with the mathematical modelling of physics of solar/space plasmas, including waves and instabilities in inhomogeneous media.

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Ricardo Gafeira

Portugal

University of Coimbra
Dr Ricardo Gafeira

Researcher at the University of Coimbra, Portugal. His main focus is on spectropolarimetric measurements, Stokes inversions, machine learning, and MHD waves in the solar photosphere and chromosphere.

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Vigeesh Gangadharan

Germany

Leibniz Institute for Solar Physics (KIS)
Dr Vigeesh Gangadharan

Researcher at the Leibniz Institute for Solar Physics (KIS), in Germany. His main research is on numerical simulations of wave activity in the solar photosphere and chromosphere, with a focus on gravity waves in the magnetized solar atmosphere.

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Samuel Grant

UK

Queen’s University Belfast
Dr Samuel Grant

Researcher at Queen’s University Belfast, UK. His research interests revolve around high-frequency MHD waves in the lower solar atmosphere, and their influence on energy transport and plasma heating above the chromospheric temperature minimum.

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Vasco Henriques

Norway

University of Oslo
Dr Vasco Henriques

Researcher at Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics, University of Oslo, Norway. His main interests lie in magnetic-field measurments in the solar photosphere and chromosphere.

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Stuart M. Jefferies

USA

Georgia State University
Prof Stuart M. Jefferies

Scientist at Georgia State University and University of Hawaii, USA. His research interests include instrumentations for high-resolution imaging of the Sun, as well as, waves in the lower solar atmosphere.

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Paul Rajaguru

India

Indian Institute of Astrophysics
Prof Paul Rajaguru

Scientist at the Indian Institute of Astrophysics, India. His research includes helioseismological studies of large-scale solar interior flows, rotation and their variability, and local helioseismology of sunspots and solar activity.

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Ben Snow

UK

University of Exeter
Dr Ben Snow

Researcher at the University of Exeter, UK, studying the effects of partially ionised plasma. In particular, his research activities include performing two-fluid numerical simulations of shocks and the interactions between neutral and ionised species.

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Robert Sych

Russia

Institute of Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Irkutsk
Dr Robert Sych

Researcher at the Radioastrophysical Division of the Institute of Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Irkutsk, Russia. His main scientific interests are radio astrophysics, helioseismology, sunspot oscillations, and data processing techniques.

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Luis Eduardo Vieira

Brazil

INPE - National Institute of Space Research
Dr Luis Eduardo Antunes Vieira

Researcher at the National Institute of Space Research (INPE) and PI of the Galileo Solar Space Telescope (GSST). His expertise includes image and signal processing, solar irradiance, solar variability, and solar dynamo.

WaLSA Team

Affiliate Members

Affiliate members are scientists or graduate students with an interest in the WaLSA-related activities. The affiliate members may contribute to the research lead by the core and associate members, or collaborate with the WaLSA Team on their own science projects. Get in Touch if you want to become an affiliate member of the WaLSA Team.

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Daniele Calchetti

Germany

Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research
Dr Daniele Calchetti

Postdoctoral researcher at Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Germany. His research particularly focuses on internal gravity waves in the lower solar atmosphere.

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Nancy Narang

Norway

University of Oslo
Dr Nancy Narang

Postdoctoral researcher at the Rosseland Centre for Solar Physics, RoCS, at the University of Oslo, Norway. Her main interests are solar atmospheric heating, observations and simulations, plasma physics, magnetohydrodynamics, and radiative transfer.

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Diego Prado

Brazil

INPE - National Institute for Space Research
Mr Diego Prado Barroso

PhD researcher at the Brazilian National Institute for Space Research (INPE). His research focuses on sunspot waves at high resolution.

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Samuel Skirvin

UK

University of Sheffield
Mr Samuel Skirvin

PhD researcher at the Plasma Dynamics Group at the University of Sheffield, UK, working on observational, numerical and analytical studies of the Kelvin-Helmholtz and Rayleigh-Taylor in solar plasma.