Solar plasma physics
The solar corona consists of hot plasma in temperatures over 1 MK and extends to the heliosphere. Why is the hot corona created above the 6000 K photosphere? How can we observe various kinds of explosions and associated dynamics in the corona? How does the magnetic field on the solar surface drive such heating and dynamics? I’m pursuing observational researches to address these fundamental questions. I have been one of active scientists in developing new advanced telescopes for diagnosing dynamics of the solar magnetized plasma, such as the solar observing satellite Hinode and its onboard Solar Optical Telescope. It has been more and more important to quantitatively understand the solar magnetism as the driving source of disturbances in the heliosphere. Solar-C EUVST, which is the new solar mission to be launched around 2026, will carry EUV high throughput spectroscopic telescope, and I’m working in research and developments of telescope technologies needed for this mission.
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