Nicolas Aurelien Corentin Poirier

Postdoctoral Fellow - Rosseland Centre for Solar Physics
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Visiting address Sem Sælands vei 13 0371 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1029 0315 Oslo

Academic interests

  • Solar physics: coronal mass ejections, coronal loops, solar wind, heavy ions fractionation (FIP effect), coronal heating
  • Plasma physics: high-order modeling of multi-specie plasmas, MHD waves
  • Atomic physics: radiative transfer, particle-particle interactions
  • Nuclear physics: tokamaks
  • Multi-dataset handling: observational + modeling based
  • Space weather

Positions held

  • 2022 - present, Oslo (Norway): PostDoctoral Research Fellow at the Rosseland Centre for Solar Physics, Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics, University of Oslo
  • 2019 - 2022, Toulouse (France): Ph.D. candidate at the Research Institute of Astrophysics and Planetology (IRAP), thesis entitled "Confined plasma transition from the solar atmosphere to the interplanetary medium".
  • July - December 2018, Toulouse (France): M2 trainee at the Research Institute of Astrophysics and Planetology (IRAP). A 6-month project on the multi-points and multi-instrumental analysis of coronal mass ejections.
  • June - August 2017, Kiruna (Sweden):  M1 trainee at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF). A 3-month project to study the solar wind interaction with Mercury using hybrid modelling (AMITIS) and observations.


  • 2022, Toulouse (France): Ph.D degree from the University of Toulouse (speciality: astrophysics, space science and planetology), and the Research Institute of Astrophysics and Planetology (IRAP).
  • 2018, Poitiers (France): Engineering degree from ISAE-ENSMA (eq to M.Sc). ISAE-ENSMA is a leading graduate school specialized in Mechanics and Aeronautics.
  • 2013 - 2015, Tours (France): Classes préparatoires aux grandes écoles. A selective and intensive 2-year post-secondary course in Mathematics/Physics and Engineering science.
  • 2013, Chinon (France): Scientific baccalauréat with highest honours (eq to A-Levels) in Mathematics, Physics and Engineering Science.

Teaching & Outreach

  • Member of the outreach team in the festival of Astronomy of Fleurance (2019)
  • Co-supervised multiple interns from L3 to M1 levels during my Ph.D (2019-2022)


Tags: Solar Physics, plasma physics, Computational Astrophysics, Atomic Physics, nuclear physics

Selected publications

  • Poirier N., Confined plasma transition from the solar atmosphere to the interplanetary medium, 2022, Ph.D. thesis, ADS LINK
  • Poirier N., Rouillard A.P., Kouloumvakos A., Przybylak A., Fargette N., Pobeda R., Réville V., Pinto R.F., Indurain M., Alexandre M., 2021, Exploiting white-light observations to improve estimates of magnetic connectivity, FrASS, Volume 8, id.84, ADS LINK
  • Poirier N., Kouloumvakos A., Rouillard A.P., Pinto R.F., Vourlidas A., Stenborg G., Valette E., Howard R.A., Hess P., Thernisien A., Rich N., Griton L., Indurain M., Raouafi N.-E., Lavarra M., Réville V., 2020, Detailed Imaging of Coronal Rays with the Parker Solar Probe, ApJS, Volume 246, Issue 2, id.60, ADS LINK
  • Rouillard A.P., Poirier N., Lavarra M., Bourdelle A., Dalmasse K., Kouloumvakos A., Vourlidas A., Kunkel V., Hess P., Howard R.A., Stenborg G., Raouafi N.-E., 2020, Modeling the Early Evolution of a Slow Coronal Mass Ejection Imaged by the Parker Solar Probe, ApJS, Volume 246, Issue 2, id.72, ADS LINK
  • Badman S.T., Brooks D.H., Poirier N., Warren H.P., Petrie G., Rouillard A.P., Nick Arge C., Bale S.D., de Pablos Agüero D., Harra L., Jones S.I., Kouloumvakos A., Riley P., Panasenco O., Velli M., Wallace S., 2022, Constraining Global Coronal Models with Multiple Independent Observables, ApJ, Volume 932, Issue 2, id.135, ADS LINK
  • Griton L., Pinto R.F., Poirier N., Kouloumvakos A., Lavarra M., Rouillard A.P., 2020, Coronal Bright Points as Possible Sources of Density Variations in the Solar Corona, ApJ, Volume 893, Issue 1, id.64, ADS LINK
  • Griton L., Rouillard A.P., Poirier N., Issautier K., Moncuquet M., Pinto R.F., 2021, Source-dependent Properties of Two Slow Solar Wind States, ApJ, Volume 910, Issue 1, id.63, ADS LINK
  • Pinto R.F., Poirier N., Rouillard A.P., Kouloumvakos A., Griton L., Fargette N., Kieokaew R., Lavraud B., Brun A.S., 2021, Solar wind rotation rate and shear at coronal hole boundaries. Possible consequences for magnetic field inversions, A\&A, Volume 653, id.A92, ADS LINK
  • Lavarra M, Rouillard A.P., Poirier N., Blelly P.-L., Pinto R.F., Réville V., 2022, Testing a multi-specie model of the fast and slow solar wind, in review

The above list includes major publications and contributions only, for a complete list please check either my ResearchGate or ORCID profile webpages.

Published Sep. 14, 2022 2:12 PM - Last modified Oct. 4, 2022 5:13 PM