Solar Astrophysics

Module Code: AA2055

Module Tutor: Timo Laitinen

Next Run Date: Sep 2024

Module Credits: 20

Solar Astrophysics provides a broad introduction to the subject, involving a mixture of theoretical and observational approaches to demonstrate and explain various solar phenomena. You will learn about the overall structure of the sun, including the use of solar neutrinos and helioseismology to probe its interior, the importance of the magnetic field in determining its surface features and the problem of coronal heating.

You will also develop astronomy subject skills such as data analysis, use of imaging techniques and the preparation of scientific reports.

Recommended Text Book(s)

The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the Sun by K.R. Lang provides a good overview of much of the course, but it is currently out of print. 2nd hand copies are often available from internet booksellers. Purchase not essential.

The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the Sun, Lang, K.R., 2001, Cambridge University Press.  ISBN-13: 9780521780933 ; ISBN-10: 0521780934.