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Tim Duckenfield

I am a PhD student currently researching the Sun's corona, to better understand explosive events such as flares and CME's that can affect us here on Earth. One interesting avenue for remote diagnostics of the coronal plasma is the observation of magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) oscillations. I hope that studying the relationship between oscillations, plasma conditions and explosive events, space weather forecasting may be improved.

My research currently focuses on one specific MHD wave, so-called "decay-less" kink oscillations. These are observed everywhere in the corona, making them very useful to researchers like me. For more details, please take a look around my site (links at top of page). Even better, pop me an email and I'd be happy to answer any questions.

Position: 3rd Year PhD student

Department: Centre for Fusion, Space and Astrophysics (CFSA)

Supervisor: Professor Valery Nakariakov
2nd Supervisor: Dr Anne-Marie Broomhall

Funding: STFC studentship

Research topic: My area of research is the study of coronal kink wave oscillations for use in plasma diagnostics. Using processing tools such as motion magnification on EUV images (from SDO/AIA), I analyse "decay-less" kink oscillations and use MHD seismology to infer local plasma conditions. I am interested in both applying this methodology to improve space weather forecasting, as well as to better understand the origin of these oscillations. For more info see my research.

Keywords: magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) – plasma physics – waves – Sun: observational – Sun: atmosphere – Sun: corona – Sun: oscillations – motion magnification

Background: MSci Joint Honours Mathematics & Physics, University of Durham 2014

Contact details:

Office: PS107

Me in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, Washington next to a live feed of the Sun seen with the SDO satellite, in ultra violet light.

Timothy Duckenfield


Office: PS107