Kevin Dalmasse and Space Weather Forcasting

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Kevin Dalmasse is currently finishing a 2-year postdoc jointly funded by CISL and an Air Force grant from HAO Senior Scientist, Sarah Gibson. His current postdoc is on data constrained reconstruction of the solar coronal magnetic field, with the goal of better constraining/quantifying the 3D properties of eruptive solar magnetic fields (for Space Weather predictions).

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Kevin Dalmasse

Starting from October 20 (2016), Kevin will become an ASP postdoc for one year. He will continue working on data constrained reconstruction of the solar coronal magnetic field, but focusing on studying the role of magnetic helicity in the evolution and dynamics of active regions (both from theoretical and observational approaches).

Kevin's research interests are studying the structure of the solar coronal magnetic field and its role on solar activity, both from theory (analytical work and numerical simulations) and observations (optical, UV, and spectropolarimetric), as part of improving Space Weather Forecasting.

Prior to receiving his bachelor’s degree, he was first introduced to solar physics when interning with Frédéric Auchère at the Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale (IAS) in Orsay (France) on "Modeling the intensities of Lyman alpha Hydrogen and Helium lines in the solar corona".

Kevin received his master's degree in solar physics completing a one-year internship in the UK with superviser Philippa Browning at the School of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Manchester. His internship was on "Modeling the coronal heating from energy dissipation caused by successive magnetic reconnection events in solar coronal loops". While in the UK he was first introduced to the concepts of magnetic reconnection, magnetic helicity, and solar flares, which became his main concentration throughout his master studies. Kevin completed a second year with Étienne Pariat at the Laboratoire d’Études Spatiale et d’Instrumentation en Astrophysique (LESIA) in Meudon (France), his master's thesis was on "Numerical simulations of solar coronal jets".

While working on his PhD at the LESIA/Paris Observatory under the supervision of both Guillaume Aulanier and Étienne Pariat he became immersed in studying the role of current-carrying magnetic fields on solar flares. In particular, he worked on magnetic helicity, electric currents, magnetic topology, and magnetic reconnection.