Dynamics of a solar active region

Project Title Dynamics of a solar active region
Project Leader Boris Gudiksen
Research Field Universe Sciences
Resource Awarded 72 million core hours
Computer System Marconi - KNL
Partner Institutions University of Oslo - NO

Abstract:

The solar corona is extremely hot. The temperature is more than 1 million degrees and no obvious heating mechanism is at play. The magnetic field of the sun is playing a big part in the heating of the corona, but so far we have not had a full understanding of how the sun is able to produce these enourmous temperatures. In this project we will simulate the hottest parts of the solar corona to understand the heating mechanism and the to reveal if the same heating mechanism is at play everywhere or just in places where the solar magnetic field is the strongest.