Dr Peter R. Young

Dr Young is a research professor with George Mason University and he works at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. His field of research is the study of ultraviolet spectra from the Sun and other stars. Links to Dr Young's publications and projects he is involved with are given below.

Lectures & talks CHIANTI
Data analysis guides Grants Observing programs
NASA/GSFC activities


I'm the Principal Investigator of the proposal "Coronal heating of plumes and fan loops" that was selected for funding from the 2017 NASA Heliophysics Guest Investigator program.
New paper: "Element abundance ratios in the quiet Sun transition region", Young (2018, ApJ, 855, 15).
Co-author on new paper of Tian et al. (2018, ApJ) "Frequently Occurring Reconnection Jets from Sunspot Light Bridges".
I organized a 1-day workshop at GSFC titled "Collaborative studies of the 10 September 2017 X-flare", with visitors from NRL, NJIT, SAO and FHNW (Switzerland). See the agenda.
I'm a co-I on the proposal "VEry high Resolution Imaging Spectrograph (VERIS)", which was selected by NASA through the H-TIDES program.
I'm a co-I on the proposal "Connecting the corona to solar wind structure and magnetospheric impact using modeling and remote and in situ observations" (PI: N. Viall), which was selected by NASA through the Internal Scientist Funding Model program.

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A large solar flare occurred on 10 September 2017 at the edge of the Sun, and this movie shows the spectacular eruption that came from the flare. The images show plasma at a temperature of about 10 million degrees, and the flare is the extremely bright feature just above the edge of the Sun. The loop-like structure being ejected is referred to as a magnetic flux rope. The thin, straight line behind it is a current sheet (viewed edge on). Both features are as expected from the standard model of solar eruptive events, and this is a particularly nice example.

Images are from the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly of NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. The sequence lasts 10 minutes (see time in bottom-right corner). I've rotated the images by 90 degrees counter-clockwise. The flickering of the bright flare is due to the camera taking alternating short and long exposures.

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