McInerney Lecture: Helioseismology and the roots of solar activity

McInerney Lecture: Helioseismology and the roots of solar activity

04-03-2014

Abstract:

Helioseismology - the study of sun quakes - provides a unique probe into the structure and dynamics of the solar interior. I will review some of the results from helioseismology that may provide constraints on the generation and evolution of magnetic flux in the solar interior, and I will conclude with a discussion of future challenges.

Biography:

Michael Thompson is Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), and was formerly Director of NCAR's High Altitude Observatory. Before joining NCAR, Michael spent 20 years in the UK university sector, in the University of London (Professor of Physics at Imperial College) and the University of Sheffield (Head of the School of Mathematics & Statistics). His research interests are in solar physics, space weather, stellar astrophysics , and inverse problems.

5:45pm reception (with refreshments) followed by the seminar at 6:00 in caputo 210.