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Disputation: Souvik Bose

Doctoral candidate Souvik Bose at the Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, is  defending the thesis "On the dynamics of spicules and mass flows in the solar atmosphere" for the degree of Philosophiae Doctor.

portrait photo of a smiling, young man with glasses
Doctoral fellow, Souvik Bose. Photo: UiO.

The PhD defence will be fully digital and streamed directly using Zoom. The host of the session will moderate the technicalities while the chair of the defence will moderate the disputation.

Ex auditorio questions: the chair of the defence will invite the audience to ask ex auditorio questions either written or oral. This can be requested by clicking 'Participants -> Raise hand'.

Trial lecture

"Observational Properties of and Theoretical Ideas for Solar Coronal Rain"


The video recording of the trial lecture will be available here from the 01.10.21 – 05.10.21

Conferral summary

Spiculer er kortvarige, jetlignende strukturer som observeres i store mengder over hele solatmosfæren og er antatt å spille en viktig rolle i oppvarming og massebalanse i koronaen. Målet med denne avhandlingen var den presise karakteriseringen av dannelsen av spiculer ved bruk av høyoppløselige observasjoner i en rekke bølgelengder fra det svenske 1-m solteleskopet på La Palma og NASA satellittene Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph og Solar Dynamics Observatory. Tolkningen av de komplekse observasjoner ble støttet av spektrallinjemodellering gjennom numeriske simuleringer av solatmosfæren.

Main research findings

The atmosphere of the Sun is envisioned as composed of inherently complex, non-homogeneous, and dynamic layers. A detailed understanding of the physical processes involved in these layers is still lacking. For example, it is largely unknown why the outermost layer of the Sun’s atmosphere (corona) is so much hotter than the photosphere by millions of degrees. Astrophysicists think that the layer sandwiched between the photosphere and the corona, known as the interface region, may hold the key to a better understanding of the nature of this controversy.
With the help of coordinated high-resolution ground and space-based observations from the Swedish 1-m Solar Telescope (SST) on La Palma, Spain, and NASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS), I aim to unlock some of the mysteries surrounding the dynamics of the interface region with a focus on small-scale jets, known as “spicules”. Spicules are found almost everywhere on the Sun’s surface and at any given moment there can be as many as 10 million of them rapidly shooting outwards. Because of their “omnipresence”, it is suggested that they play a major role in energizing the outer atmospheric layers of the Sun. This thesis focuses on their physical characteristics, dynamics, and their role in the mass-balance and heating of the solar atmosphere.

optical system and Souvik
Inside the optics room of the Swedish 1-m Solar Telescope (SST) on La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain. The “white” light from the Sun is split into blue and the yellow beams (seen above) that are subsequently analyzed by two different instruments. Photo: private.
Tags: disputation, Solar Physics, Observasjoner, Swedish Solar Telescope (SST)
Published Sep. 21, 2021 9:52 AM - Last modified Oct. 6, 2021 9:32 AM