In a change to the published schedule, Dr Sargam Mulay of the School of Physics & Astronomy, University of Glasgow will give a talk "Study of Solar Flares using UV and X-ray Observations"
We would like to advise that this lecture will unfortunately not be recorded for later viewing on Youtube.

The Sun is our nearest star and plays a vital role in sustaining life on the Earth by providing heat, light and energy. This talk is focused on the study of the Sun and explosive energetic events, such as solar flares, and coronal mass ejections that occur in the solar atmosphere. Solar flares are explosions in the Sun's atmosphere that produce bright emission in various wavelengths, and heat the solar atmosphere to a very high temperature (ranging from 10,000 to up to 10 million kelvin). The material ejected from these explosions is known as coronal mass ejections (CMEs). They are capable of accelerating energetic particles in space. These energetic particles travel from the Sun to the Earth and produce aurorae in large parts of the Earth's polar regions. These are also known as the Northern Lights (aurora borealis) in the northern hemisphere, and the Southern Lights (aurora australis) in the southern hemisphere. These explosive events are the core driver of space weather events that have a direct impact on the Earth’s environment. They could destroy the electronics on satellites, and disrupt radio signals, and communication with satellites and the Global Positioning System (GPS). These particles also can be hazardous to astronauts in the International Space Station (ISS). A detailed investigation of flares and CMEs is important to predict their occurrence, hence space weather activity, and to prevent/reduce damage to technological infrastructure. We use NASA and ESA’s space-based observatories to study physical processes that are responsible for these explosive events.


Biography:  Dr Sargam Mulay obtained a PhD in Solar Physics from the University of Cambridge in 2018. Since 2019, she has been a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Glasgow,. She works on UV, X-ray imaging and spectroscopic observations of solar flares and studies the coronal heating problem (i.e. why the outer layer of the Sun, the corona, is a million degrees hotter than the visible layer of the Sun?). Previously, she worked at various places in India that includes Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, and the Indian Institute of Astrophysics. She has been involved in outreach activities, presented her work at National Science Day, organised stargazing programs for the general public and school students etc. Recently, she became a STEM ambassador in Scotland and will be organising space-related workshops/ activities for school/college students.

The lecture will start at 1930 and will be held in Room 6.41 in the Royal College building, University of Strathclyde