Dr Peter R. Young

Dr Young is a Research Astrophysicist 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


Released the EIS mapper webpage.
Released a set of CHIANTI lookup tables and software. See CHIANTI Technical Report No. 16.
Gave a seminar at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (UK) with the title "Connecting the corona to the solar wind".
Co-author on new paper of Peter et al. (2019, A&A) "Plasmoid-mediated reconnection in solar UV bursts".
I started a week-long Visiting Professor position at Catania University, Italy, and gave seminars and tutorials.
I became Secretary of the Solar Physics Division of the American Astronomical Society. This is a 3 year term.

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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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