Sven Wedemeyer

Associate Professor - Rosseland Centre for Solar Physics
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Phone +47 22856520
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Visiting address Sem Sælands vei 13 Svein Rosselands hus 0371 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1029 0315 OSLO

ORCID 0000-0002-5006-7540

Primary research fields

Solar and stellar physics with additional interests in extra-solar planets. Most of my individual projects can be summarized as realistic numerical simulations in comparison with space-borne and ground-based observations.

Current main positions and functions

Current major research activities

Solar/Stellar Science with the Atacama Large Millimeter Array

  • As a legacy of the ERC-funded SolarALMA project, a combination of simulations and ALMA observations are used for detailed studies of the small-scale structure, dynamics and heating of the solar chromosphere.
  • The ESO-funded ALMA Development Study aims at improving and developing solar observing modes. 

  • The EMISSA project (funded by the Research Council of Norway) addresses solar and stellar activity as observed with ALMA, supported by numerical simulation.

  • International team for developing solar observing modes for ALMA, as combination of the previous project "Advanced Solar Observing Techniques" within the North American Study Plan for Development Upgrades of the ALMA (PI: T. Bastian, NRAO, USA) and the project "Solar Research with ALMA" carried out at the Czech node of the European ALMA Regional Center (EU ARC at Ondrejov, Czech Republic) in the frame of the ESO program "Enhancement of ALMA Capabilities/EoC" (PI: R. Brajsa, Hvar Observatory, Croatia).
  • SSALMON - The Solar Simulations for the Atacama Large Millimeter Observatory Network (since 2014).
  • Member of the AtLAST consortium / the design study AtLAST - The Atacama Large Aperture Submm Telescope

Small-scale dynamics and energy balance of the solar atmosphere 

Stellar physics 

  • ChETEC-INFRA (Chemical Elements as Tracers of the Evolution of the Cosmos - Infrastructures for Nuclear Astrophysics), JRA3-WP5 „Astronuclear Abundances 2040“, associate partner.

Extrasolar planets and their host stars

  • Member of KOINet - Observations of extrasolar planets (Kepler Objects of Interest), amongst others with the Nordic Optical Telescope (since 2014) 

  • Extreme Precision Radial Velocity group (EPRV, NASA/NSF, since 2019) 
  • NASA’s EXOPAG SAG 21 on “The Effect of Stellar Contamination on Space-based Transmission Spectroscopy” (since 2020)
  • ARIEL (Atmospheric Remote-sensing Infrared Exoplanet Large-survey, ESA exoplanet detection mission), Consortium Supporting Member (since 2021)

Previous research

After finishing my PhD studies at the University of Kiel, Germany, which includes a stay at the University of Glasgow, UK, I was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Kiepenheuer Institute in Freiburg i.Br., Germany (2003-06). After receiving a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship, I started working at the Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics at the University of Oslo. During the recent years, I have been the PI of the MDWARF project and the VORTEX project, both funded by the Research Council of Norway. 

Recent research highlights include the discovery and explanation of so-called magnetic tornadoes on the Sun, featured on the front page of Nature in 2012, and the ongoing development of methods for observing the Sun with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, an application with potentially high impact for our understanding of the outer layers of our Sun and other stars. 

Previous major research activities (in part ongoing)

Tags: Astronomy and Astrophysics, Solar Physics, Observations, Simulations, Computational Astrophysics, Solar Chromosphere, Stars, Extrasolar Planets, Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), Nordic Optical Telescope
Published Nov. 3, 2010 3:21 PM - Last modified Sep. 20, 2021 7:37 AM