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Professor Valery M Nakariakov

SCentre for Fusion, Space & Astrophysics
Physics Department
University of Warwick, UK


The corona of the Sun is the outer part of the solar atmosphere, which attracts the growing attention of researchers worldwide. The corona is a plasma, a hot fully ionised gas with a temperature exceeding one million degrees Celsius. Interest in the corona is linked with several unique research opportunities offered by this natural plasma system. First of all, it is the birthplace of Space Weather. Understanding and forecasting extreme events of Space Weather, such as solar flares and coronal mass ejections is crucial for stable operation of a number of technological systems, including navigation, communication and electric supply. Global trends in the evolution of the solar corona are important for the Earth’s climate. Moreover, the corona is a natural plasma laboratory, where one can find the plasma in a huge variety of physical conditions. It provides researchers with invaluable insight into fundamental plasma that is directly relevant to a number of astrophysical, geophysical and laboratory application, including the controlled fusion effort. The modern generation of spaceborne observational tools opened up a new era of the solar coronal research, providing us with data of unprecedented resolution. The talk covers recent observational discoveries of the solar coronal dynamics.


Professor Nakariakov graduated from the School of Radiophysics of N.I. Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod, Russia, in 1989; gained PhD in Plasma Physics at the Institute for Applied Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences in 1993, and Doctor of Science degree at the University of Warwick, UK in 2007. Since 1995 Valery Nakariakov works in the UK. Since 2007 he is Full Professor of Physics at Warwick. Nakariakov’s main research interests are solar and heliospheric plasma physics, plasma radiophysics, magnetohydrodynamic waves. In 2011-2014 he was President of the European Solar Physics Division.