Solar physics department
Reaching a better understanding of coronal mass ejections (CMEs) and their connection to the Sun’s surface is a major stake for space weather. Using state-of-the-art numerical simulations and space observations, a team of scientists from Paris Observatory – PSL and from the Astronomical Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences discovered that, while CMEs propagate throughout the heliosphere, their core is continuously eroded and rebuilt all together, resulting in a drifting of their anchorage at the Sun’s surface. This unprecedented mechanism, that renews the historical standard model, is described in a series of articles published between January and December 2019 in Astronomy & Astrophysics and in the Astrophysical Journal. For more, see press release.
The Solar Physics Department studies our nearest star, the Sun, particularly the active phenomena in the solar atmosphere. This includes solar flares as well as accompanying heliospheric effects. Large-scale solar activity, evolution of solar active regions, the structure and evolution of sunspots and filaments, flare-energy storage, release and transport are studied. The research of the Solar Department can be characterized as a combination of computer-controlled solar observations in optical, radio and X-ray wavebands, analysis and interpretations of data, and theoretical research with extensive numerical modeling of the processes under study. All these activities are based on close cooperation with many institutes in Austria, Croatia, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Japan, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Spain and the U.S.A. This cooperation includes exchange of various data and their theoretical interpretation, as well as our participation in some of the ground-based and space projects.
The department has three working groups
Physics of solar flares and prominences
The group studies solar flares and prominences. We analyze and interpret the data observed at Ondřejov Observatory as well as the data observed from satellites (SOHO, TRACE, RHESSI, Hinode and so on.). We deal with the theory of solar spectroscopy and plasma, X-ray and radio astrophysics. We model numerically processes in solar flares and prominences.
Head: Elena Dzifčáková
Structure and dynamics of the solar atmosphere
The group is dealing with physical conditions in the solar atmosphere, in active regions and in sunspots. Solar quiet and active regions at various atmospheric levels are studied in order to understand interactions between plasma motions and magnetic field. Medium (2") and very high (0.1" to 0.2") spatial-resolution observations in the optical region are used for this purpose. Global and large-scale dynamic properties of the Sun are studied, and horizontal transport velocities of plasma in the solar atmosphere are analyzed.
Head: Michal Sobotka
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Heliosphere and space weather
The group studies dynamical phenomena in the solar wind, namely structure and propagation of coronal mass ejections (CME) and associated with them magnetic clouds, and interaction of the solar wind with bodies of the solar system. The research combines analyses of spacecraft observations with analytical modeling and numerical simulations using MHD, hybrid, and particle codes. The group is also involved in image information processing and improving its method. A part of the group is a small group of Solar Activity Monitoring and Forecasting. The group issues a weekly solar-activity forecast for a number of institutions and a daily solar-activity forecast for the media.
Head: Marek Vandas
Department head: Michal Sobotka
Deputy head: Miroslav Bárta
Secretary: Alice Chytrová
tel.: +420 323 620 146
fax: +420 323 620 210
Address: Fričova 298, 251 65 Ondřejov, CZ