From Colombia a new PhD student: Juan Camillo Guevara Gómez

"I wanted to know how it is living in one of the cities with the highest life quality in the world"

Juan Camillo Guevara Gómez (left) and the logo of the FIrst Colombian solar Radio Interferometer, FICoRI (right).

A warm welcome to Juan Camillo Guevara Gómez, one of the four new PhD students at RoCS!

During his undergraduate education, Juan has worked in many solar related and interferometric based projects: in Colombia he built a solar radio interferometer with two antennas (the FIrst Colombian solar Radio Interferometer, FiCoRI). Once at the Space Sciences Laboratory of University of California Berkeley, Juan helped designing a ground station for a satellite mission (Cubesat Radio Interferometry Experiment, CURIE). He has also taken part to "the first-of-its-kind" citizen science project Eclipse Megamovie 2017, in the processing of thousand of photos taken by thousands of citizens during the solar eclipse in 2017.

– I would say that every single project that I have been involved before has lots of similarities with my current one. 

Pointing antennas to the Sun

Since mid-September Juan has joined the RoCS in the SolarALMA project. The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) telescope observes the Sun at radiowaves that let scientists explore different layers of the solar chromosphere.

– I am working with ALMA data to study the solar activity and dynamics trying to reveal a bit more of the physical processes responsible for the heating of the outermost layer of the solar atmosphere: the corona. 

The Sun (top, credits: SDO/NASA) and some of the 66 ALMA antennas (bottom, credits:ALMA/ESO).

In love with Oslo

So far Juan has found Oslo amazing in many ways:

– I like the public transport, I like the streets, I think people is kind, I like the snow, I like to go hiking, I love the museums. 

– Why the Rosseland Centre for Solar Physics (RoCS)?

– I had heard about the reputation of the solar group of the University of Oslo, but I never thought to come because here the solar physics group's approach is theoretical, while my stronger skills are observational. 

However, when a position in observing the Sun with ALMA interferometer opened up, Juan decided this would be his place.

– What's your experience at ITA so far?

– I was a little afraid at the beginning, and also nervous, but fortunately I found the ITA super friendly, I feel here as in a big family, every single person is special and amazing, I have no doubts that I couldn’t find a better place than this one in terms of emotional experience.

– Any expectations?

– By the end of my PhD I expect to make a considerable contribution to the understanding of the coronal heating problem. Although this will only be a small step, knowing that I took part to the final understanding would make me extremely happy.

Published Jan. 9, 2019 11:40 AM - Last modified Apr. 9, 2019 4:24 PM