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Solar Flares: the most powerful explosions in the solar system

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Prof. Philippa Browning, The University of Manchester, will give a talk on Solar Flares for this month's Undergraduate Physics Seminar.

'Solar physics has advanced tremendously, especially through space missions, but also through theory and computer simulation. The key role of the magnetic field in controlling solar activity is now firmly established. One of the greatest changes has been the realization that the solar atmosphere is highly dynamic and has spatial structure on very small scales. The process of magnetic reconnection – which restructures the magnetic field and releases magnetic energy, is now demonstrated (at least indirectly) by a vast array of observational evidence.'

Prof. Philippa Browning was awarded Royal Astronomincal Society's Chapman Medal in 2016 in recognition of “her pioneering work on energy release by magnetic relaxation in stressed coronal magnetic fields”. The RAS's Chapman Medal is awarded for investigations of outstanding merit in the science of the Sun, space and planetary environments or solar–terrestrial physics.

The seminar will be directly followed by pizza in Blackett Level 2.

This is a free event, however registration is required for catering purposes.

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