Lyndsay Fletcher is a Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Glasgow, and co-ordinates the F-CHROMA network. She has worked on a number of topics in solar astronomy, but her abiding research interest is solar flares, which she studies with a multi-wavelength observational approach. She is author or co-author of nearly 100 refereed journal articles, and has supervised 9 PhD students to completion. She is currently the Geophysics Secretary of the Royal Astronomical Society, Vice-President of Commission 10 of the International Astronomical Union, and a member of the Science Working Group of the DKIST. As well as her F-CHROMA co-ordination role, she leads WP7 on the synthesis of theory and observations of flares. Through F-CHROMA she is learning a lot about the physics of the flaring chromosphere, and about project management.
Nicolas Labrosse is at the University of Glasgow where he is a University Teacher in Physics & Astronomy. He has research interests and experience in non-LTE radiative transfer modelling in the solar atmosphere, including developing and running RT codes. He is also working on analysis, including feature recognition, of imaging and spectroscopic data, particularly of solar prominences. His F-CHROMA activities are at the interface between simulations of the flare chromosphere, and data analysis.
Selin is the Project Manager for the F-CHROMA Project. She is the Lead Project Manager specialising in EU-funded research projects at the University of Glasgow. She holds an MA Honours in Management, is Prince 2 and APICS CSCP accredited and is a part-qualified accountant. Her current project portfolio consists of Horizon 2020 Sustainable Food Security, FP7 Space, FP7 Security and COST projects, providing a range of project management and administration services tailored to the requirements of each project.
Selin also has a strong background in private sector project management, having trained and worked as a Management Consultant at PwC. Selin specialises in developing and implementing sustainable operational improvement projects and has experience of working across multiple geographies to provide holistic solutions to complex business problems. She has worked with both national and international clients in the Life Sciences, Pharmaceutical, Oil & Gas, and Government (including Local Government, Health and Education) sectors, and is experienced in meeting the needs of a complex range of stakeholders.
Paulo works as a Research Associate in the Astronomy & Astrophysics group at the University of Glasgow. He obtained his PhD in 2009 at the National Institute for Space Research in Brazil. His research has mostly been focused on the analysis of observational data of solar flares, investigating the properties of high-energy particles (through microwave and X-rays data, and also computational simulations) and evolution of the flaring regions, mostly using ultraviolet data. As part of the F-CHROMA team, he is working on the analysis of multi-wavelength flare data, testing flare models with RADYN and evaluating the comparison of data vs. models.
Michael Kennedy is a research fellow at Queen’s University Belfast. He completed his PhD in November 2015 at QUB that was focused on extreme ultraviolet spectroscopic diagnostics of solar flares, with an emphasis on determining the physical properties of the lower solar atmosphere. As part of F-CHROMA he is working on spectroscopic observational analyses, and comparison to the results of numerical modelling.
Mihalis Mathioudakis is a Professor of Astrophysics at Queen's University Belfast. His research interests concern the underlying physics of the solar and cool star atmospheres. His main interests are in chromospheric and coronal heating processes both in terms of MHD waves and flare phenomena, and he has experience with the analysis and interpretation of solar and stellar flare observations in UV and optical wavelengths. He leads the science exploitation of ROSA, has authored/co-authored more than 130 refereed publications, and has supervised 9 PhD students to competition. Within F-CHROMA he leads WP3, to produce the catalogue and archive of ground-based flare observations and models.
David is a research fellow in the Astrophysics Research Centre at Queen's University Belfast. He obtained his PhD at Queen’s University Belfast in January, 2014. The main subject of his PhD was magnetohydrodynamic oscillations in the chromospheric fine scale structures. His research interests include the dynamics of the lower solar atmosphere, wave activity and its role in plasma heating, and the dynamic and evolution of chromospheric filament eruptions associated with solar flares. His research is balanced by theoretical modelling of these processes and analysis of ground and space-based solar data. As a member of the F-CHROMA project he is working on the development of a catalogue and archive of ground-based flare observations. He is also engaged in the analysis and interpretation of multi-wavelength solar flare observations from high-resolution, ground- and space-based telescopes.
Arek is a Lecturer in Solar Physics and a Researcher at the University of Wroclaw. His scientific interests are solar flares: analysis of space and ground-based solar data, spectroscopic observations of flares in chromospheric emission, interpretation of spectral line profiles, flare plasma flows in the optical and UV, flare atmospheric modelling, and the study of Ellerman bombs. He is the author/co-author of around 60 articles. He has substantial experience in modern ground-based solar observations techniques and infrastructures. He is also involved in the local archiving of data obtained with the imaging 2D MSDP spectrograph operating at the University of Wroclaw. Within F-CHROMA he is responsible for WP8 on dissemination, which includes organising the amateur flare observing campaign.
Arun Kumar Awasthiawasthi@astro.uni.wroc.pl
Arun is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Wroclaw, where his primary research interest is studying the flare pre-impulsive phase (which includes X-ray precursors, evolution of filament etc.) and impulsive phase. He has recently completed his PhD in Solar Physics from the Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad, India. In his thesis, he worked primarily on energy release processes during the pre-impulsive phase of flares as well as multi-thermal characteristics of flare plasma. He is continuing this work in his present post-doctoral position. In addition, he is investigating white light emission that originates during flares and in solar plage regions. He makes use of diagnostics of the evolution of the active region, employing multi-wavelength data from several space and ground based observatories. Such evolution is then compared with numerical simulations for a better understanding of the energy release processes in solar flares.
Petr Heinzel is the lead scientist and vice-Director of the ASU. He is a Professor at Charles University in Prague. His research interests cover theoretical aspects of non-LTE radiative transfer, radiation hydrodynamics and solar spectroscopy of flares and prominences. He contributes to the development of the Ondrejov RHD code FLARIX for flare simulations. He is an Associate Scientist of the SOHO/SUMER and IRIS experiments, and serves as an advisory board member for the METIS/SOLO and ASPIICS/Proba 3 ESA missions. He is also a member of the editorial board of the Solar Physics journal. He has supervised several PhD students and is the author/co-author of 300 papers with an extended citation record. Within the F-CHROMA project he is the leader of WP6 on flare modelling.
Jana Kasparova is a researcher at the Astronomical Institute, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, in Ondrejov. She obtained her PhD from Charles University in Prague in 2004. Her research interest are in non-LTE radiative transfer and radiative hydrodynamics applied to solar flares. She is a member of the team which develops numerical code Flarix for flare simulations. She has also experience in solar data analysis, mainly in optical and hard X-ray domain. Within F-CHROMA she is involved in flare modelling.
Wenjuan is a research fellow at the Astronomical Institute of the Academy of the Sciences of the Czech Republic. She received her PhD from Montana State University Bozeman in August, 2014. In her PhD project, she studied the emissions and energetics in ‘two-ribbon’ flares by using observations from several satellites and numerical simulations. For her master degree in Nanjing University, she studied the acceleration of electrons during flares with test-particle simulations and magneto hydrodynamic (MHD) models. Her research interests lie in the dynamics of solar flares, energy release and transport in flares, particles acceleration during flares, the magnetic reconnection which powers the flares and many other violent phenomena on the sun. As a member of the F-CHROMA project she is working on the analysis of high-resolution images and spectra of solar flares observed by space and ground-based telescopes, and their interpretation using numerical simulations (e.g. the FLARIX code).
Jack is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics in the University of Oslo. Under the F-CHROMA project he is compiling a suite of flare simulations using the RADYN and RH radiative-magnetohydrodynamic models, and also examining particular spectral features in the output. He completed a PhD at Mullard Space Science Laboratory (UCL) in December 2015, which focussed on the mass and magnetic field of eruptive filaments, combining novel observational data analysis techniques and MHD simulations of plasma instabilities.
Mats Carlsson holds a PhD from Uppsala University (1987). After postdoctoral fellowships in Stockholm and Oslo he was appointed as an assistant professor at the Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics, University of Oslo in 1991 and as a professor in 1993. Mats' main research interests are spectral line formation, radiative transfer and radiation magneto-hydrodynamics. Recent work includes applying these methods in order to try to understand the dynamic solar chromosphere. Central for the studies are comparisons between detailed, large-scale, numerical simulations, synthetic observables and actual observations from the Swedish 1m Solar Telescope and from the IRIS spacecraft.
Gianna Cauzzi is a staff astronomer at the Italian National Institute of Astrophysics (INAF), based at the Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri (Florence, Italy). She received her PhD in Astronomy in 1993 from the University of Florence, on the use of Fabry-Perot based systems for observations of solar activity. She has since remained interested in solar flares, and solar chromospheric structure and dynamics in the presence of magnetic fields. Gianna has been Project Scientist for the Interferometric BIdimensional Spectrometer (IBIS), currently a facility instrument at the Dunn Solar Telescope of the National Solar Observatory (USA). She is active (as time allows) in many outreach projects in Italy, aimed at school children and the general public – she most enjoys working with children.
Gianna has held various visiting positions in US Institutes, and is currently Adjunct Scientist at NSO (Boulder, USA). Currently, she is President of IAU Commission 12, member of IAU Division E Steering Committee, and a member of the Science Working Group for the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope.
Within F-CHROMA, Gianna is the Principal Investigator for INAF, a Team including researchers from Florence, Naples and Catania. INAF leads Work Package 4, devoted to planning and executing new observations of chromospheric flares.
Vincenzo Andretta is a Research Astronomer at the INAF/Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte, Naples, Italy. He has extensive experience in the analysis, interpretation and modelling of solar and stellar optical and UV spectroscopic data from both space- and ground-based instruments, is author/co-author of more than 30 refereed articles, and has supervised two Master Degree students. He is Co-Investigator of the METIS instrument for the Solar Orbiter Mission, a member of the Science Team, the person responsible for the top-level Operation & Science Work Package, and is supervising one post-doc for the project. In F-CHROMA he works on spectroscopic analysis, both theoretical and observational.
Paolo Romano is a researcher at INAF – Catania Astrophysical Obervatory. He is the author/co-author of more than 50 refereed articles. He is currently responsible for the Equatorial Spar of the Catania Astrophysical Observatory. He contributes to the teaching of Solar Physics and to the supervising of PhD students at the University of Catania. His research interests include: solar flares precursors, emerging active regions and magnetic helicity transport into the corona. He has had experience in several internationally coordinated observing campaigns and in ground-based and space data analysis. Within F-CHROMA he is involved in the multi-wavelength analysis of ground- and space-based observations for WP5.
David works at INAF-Arcetri with Gianna Cauzzi on observations of flare footpoints from IRIS and will be learning how to use ground-based data from the DST. He recently completed his PhD and post-doc at the University of Glasgow, and his background is primarily in flare plasma diagnostics from the analysis of EUV spectra, with a focus on properties of flare ribbons and footpoints. Currently in F-CHROMA he is using IRIS spectra to investigate the activation of individual sources along flare ribbons in the chromosphere with high temporal resolution.
Marina’s research interests are in understanding phenomena in the solar atmosphere and interplanetary space by bringing observational data and theoretical studies closer. She has been utilising both large-scale numerical simulations and analytical research for that purpose.
Her research areas include: analytical research into physical characteristics of a 2.5-dimensional model of fast magnetic reconnection and its adaptation for comparison with the energy release in observed solar flares; analytical investigation of the conditions for eruption of toroidal prominence; numerical study of first-order Fermi acceleration on the shock wave driven by a coronal mass ejection with BATS-R-US code; numerical investigation of reconnecting current sheets with FlipMHD code, and of wave activity in the context of a Type III emission model with EPOCH code.
As an F-CHROMA postdoctoral researcher in the solar physics group at the INAF/Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte, Marina is working on the chromospheric signatures of flares.
Francesca Zuccarello is a Professor in Astrophysics, Solar Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics at the University of Catania (Italy). She is the author/co-author of more than 70 refereed articles with more than 670 citations, and she has supervised 11 PhD students. She is currently the Coordinator of the Masters Degree Course in Physics at the Catania University and is the scientist responsible for the European Solar Telescope on behalf of the INAF (Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica).
Her research interests include: solar flares (precursors, magnetic energy storage, magnetic field configuration, multi-wavelength analysis, correlation with CMEs); emergence and evolution of active regions (high resolution spectropolarimetric observations of emerging flux, interaction between the emerging flux and the ambient magnetic field, moving magnetic features); space weather (impact of CMEs on the circumterrestrial environment; relation between solar activity phenomena and Forbush decrease). Within F-CHROMA she is responsible for WP5 on multi-wavelength analysis of ground- and space-based data.
Salvatore Luigi Guglielmino completed his Masters degree (Solar Physics) and PhD (Astrophysics) at the Università degli Studi di Catania, with a research focus on using spectropolarimetry to examine the emergence of large and small-scale flux emergence. He has worked at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, first on a Marie Curie Fellowship and later on the IMaX team, analyzing data from the first flight of the SUNRISE mission. He has also been a Visiting Researcher at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía, analysing multi-wavelength high-resolution data to understand the consequences of flux emergence events from the photosphere to the corona.
Salvatore is now a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Università degli Studi di Catania and at INAF – Osservatorio Astrofisico di Catania. He is working on data reduction and analysis of ground-based and space-based high spatial and temporal resolution observations of the photosphere and chromosphere first on the FP7 Project eHEROES, and now on the FP7 Project F-CHROMA, where his emphasis is on high resolution ground- and space-based observations of solar flares.
Vincenzo Capparelli received his Masters and PhD from the Università della Calabria. His Masters Degree thesis was on climate change carried out through historical data analysis of temperature records, and his PhD research focused on the study of complex geophysical systems related to Sun-Earth interaction. He has also completed a 2nd level postgraduate Masters (Expert in simulations and scientific visualizations). Vincenzo spent 6 month at the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge (UK), carrying out a spatio-temporal analysis of US stations temperature trends over the last century, and trained for 3 months at the Elettra-Sincrotrone company in Trieste (Italy), where his responsibilities were to study the implementation of numerical codes for reconstruction phase-contrast tomographic images. Since September 2014 Vincenzo has been working as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Università degli Studi di Catania for the F-CHROMA project. He is currently studying high-resolution ground-based observations of solar flares.