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Rebecca Meadowcroft

Position: 2nd Year PhD Student

Supervisor: Prof. Valery Nakariakov

Project Title: Solar Magnetohydrodynamic Coronal Seismology

Funding: Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

Teaching Assistant: First-year undergraduate problem classes.

Project Overview

Solar magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) seismology studies oscillations and waves in the solar atmosphere, offering insights into the Sun's corona heating and solar wind acceleration. It explores physical mechanisms driving solar processes using observational data, theoretical models, and simulations. The field's applications extend to magnetospheric physics, stellar physics, and controlled fusion. Recent advances, fueled by high-resolution observations from the Solar Dynamics Observatory and Solar Orbiter, enable a more comprehensive study of MHD waves.
Slow magnetoacoustic waves, driven by oscillations in underlying solar layers, serve as a valuable seismological tool. They provide information on the coupling of solar atmosphere layers, magnetic field geometry, and the coronal heating function. Time-distance analysis, focusing on parameters like oscillation period and apparent speed, offers key insights into the solar atmosphere. This project aims to enhance understanding of MHD waves in the solar corona, slow magnetoacoustic waves in particular, aiding in predicting and mitigating potential impacts on Earth.


BSc MMathPhys in Mathematics and Physics, The University of Warwick, 2015 - 2019

Secondary PGCE in Science, The University of Nottingham, 2019 - 2020



Office: PS1.51

Address: Department of Physics, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL