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Dr. Jess’ research interests are in the areas of solar physics.

He works with multi-wavelength observations of the solar atmosphere acquired using high-resolution ground- and space-based observatories. His work focuses on the propagation and dissipation characteristics of MHD waves and oscillations as they propagate through the solar atmosphere, and he investigates their energy dissipation in order to constrain atmospheric heating mechanisms.

He has authored/co-authored more than 60 publications in refereed literature, and my research has attracted funding from a number of sources, including the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council, the Royal Society, NASA, the European Union (FP7 & H2020), Randox Laboratories Ltd. and Invest NI.

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Open to PhD applications in the field of 

  • Solar physics research
  • Spectro-polarimetry and inversions of powerfully magnetic sunspot atmospheres; and
  • Tracking the generation, propagation and dissipation of MHD wave modes as they traverse the dynamic atmospheric layers of the Sun
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Research students

PhD title: The Response of the Solar Atmosphere to Magnetic Shocks

Name: Scott Houston
Years of Study: 2016 - 2019
Country: UK

PhD title: Solar Physics with Biomedical Applications

Name: Christopher Dillon
Years of Study: 2017 - 2021
Country: Northern Ireland


PhD title: Vector Magnetic Fields through the Multi-million Degree Solar Corona

Name: Caitlin Gilchrist-Millar
Years of Study: 2018 - 2021
Country: UK

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Dr Samuel Grant

PhD Title: High Resolution Wave Signatures in the Magnetic Solar Atmosphere

Years of Study: 2013 - 2017
Country: UK
Current position: Research Fellow, Queen’s University Belfast


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