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Dr Erwin Verwichte

Erwin Verwichte

Dr. Erwin Verwichte
Associate Professor (Reader)

Magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) dynamics (waves and instabilities) in magnetically dominated plasmas
applied to Solar Physics and Magnetically Confined Fusion


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Research Summary: My research focuses on theory and observation of magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) dynamics (waves and instabilities) in magnetically dominated plasmas applied to solar physics and magnetically confined fusion (tokamaks). I have expertise in the theoretical modelling of MHD waves in structured plasmas. Especially, I am focused on modelling MHD wave phenomena in coronal loops as well as Compressional Alfven Eigenmodes in tokamak plasmas. Furthermore, I am active in the analysis and interpretation of wave phenomena in data from space-born solar missions such as the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), IRIS, STEREO, Hinode (SoHO, TRACE in the past) as well as from ground-based solar observatories such as the Swedish Solar Telescope, Big Bear Solar Observatory and the future Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope. This includes the development and application to solar data of sophisticated image-analysis techniques such as wavelets, anisotropic difussion, clustering techniques,...

Teaching: I currently teach the 1st year undergraduate module PX120 Electricity and Magnetism. Also, I have taught PX376 Electrodynamics and a MPAGS postgraduate course PL1 Waves in Laboratory and Astrophysical Plasmas. I supervise final year projects and on occasion I have supervised undergraduate summer projects. I regularly lecture at STFC Summer Schools.

Background: Erwin Verwichte joined CFSA in January 2004 as a PPARC postdoctoral fellow, working on MHD waves in the solar corona as part of the group's Rolling Grant. In 2006, he has been appointed as a permanent academic member of staff, triggered by the EPSRC Science and Innovation Award dedicated to fusion plasma physics. Prior to his appointments at Warwick, he has been a postdoctoral research fellow at the Royal Observatory of Belgium (1999-2004). He has gained a PhD in applied mathematics from the Open University (2000) whilst based in the Solar Theory Group of the University of St Andrews. His first degree was in Physics (Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, 1995).

Contact Details

Dr Erwin Verwichte
Physics Department
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL, UK
office: PS1.09
phone: +44(0)2476 524917
email: Erwin.Verwichte(at)