Dr. Shravan Hanasoge
Department of Geosciences
Joint Appointment with
Max Planch Institute for Solar System Research
We forget that our seemingly pedestrian neighbour, the Sun, is a star with remarkable physics driving complex, sometimes violent and often spectacular dynamics. Much like a vibrating ball of jelly, the Sun exhibits oscillations, as do a variety of stars in the galaxy and the universe. Studying these oscillations allows us to view the interior of the Sun (and stars) and appreciate its hidden inner workings. I will discuss these results and also show amazing observations ranging from violent solar eruptions to mysteriously long-lived sunspots, all taken by NASA's impressive billion-dollar satellite, the Solar Dynamics Observatory.
Dr. Shravan Hanasoge is a physicist interested in the dynamics of the Sun. He works on topics of helio- and terrestrial seismology to infer the properties of the hidden interiors of the Sun and Earth. He got his PhD at Stanford University and is currently a postdoc at Princeton University, with a joint appointment at Max-Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Germany.