Joining the Solar Physics community

This autumn three young Ph.D.candidates started their work journey at RoCS - Rosseland Centre for Solar Physics. Michael Haahr from Denmark is one of them.

Image of the Sun

Ph.d.candidate Michael Haahr arrived end August in Oslo to start his Ph.D at RoCS - Rosseland Centre for Solar Physics . Photo: Private

- What is your name, your nationality and your educational background? 

- My name is Michael Haahr. I come from Denmark, where I took a master's programme in computational astrophysics. 

- Where have you studied before and in what field? 

- I have taken both a bachelor's in physics and a bachelor's in computer science at the University of Copenhagen. After my bachelor's I took a master's degree in computational physics, also at the University of Copenhagen. For my thesis project I implemented and tested a GPU version of an MHD solver for the DISPATCH framework.

- When did you start working at ITA? What is your position here? 

- I started working at ITA 1. September 2021 as a doctoral research fellow (Ph.D.) where I joined the RoCS research group.

The Sun close up
Figure 1: Parker Solar Probe image: Particles accelerated by the magnetic field in the solar atmosphere. Credits: New York Times 


- What are you going to study?

- I am going to study how particles get accelerated in the solar atmosphere. More specifically I will help develop and use the tools needed to understand how charged particles behave in the solar atmosphere.

- What brought you to ITA/ RoCS/ Norway in general?​

- My family on my mother's side comes from Norway and I always wanted a chance to experience the beautiful landscape. However, the main reason for choosing RoCS was the research being done here. I was especially interested in the mix between physics and computer science where RoCS offers many exciting possibilities.

Lastly, my master thesis supervisor spoke highly of ITA/RoCS which influenced my choice.

- What do you expect from this experience at ITA?

- I expect to be part of the community at the forefront of numerical modeling of the solar atmosphere. I hope that my time at RoCS will prepare me for a career within astrohpysics.

By Eyrun Thune
Published Oct. 19, 2021 2:30 PM - Last modified Oct. 19, 2021 2:32 PM