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My Research Interests are
  • High resolution in solar physics
  • Image restoration techniques
  • Dynamics of photospheric plasma flows in solar active regions
  • Moving magnetic features and their interaction with convective plasma motions

My BIG Question about Solar & Stellar Physics is
''Are we technologically capable of discovering very small magnetic structures in the Sun (of the order of just a few km) that might be the fundamental blocks of the Sun's whole magnetic configuration and possibly be responsible for the massive explosive events that affect our planet and space weather in general?''

A Science Quote I Love is
''I have a friend who's an artist and he's some times taken a view which I don't agree with very well. He'll hold up a flower and say, "look how beautiful it is," and I'll agree, I think. And he says, "you see, I as an artist can see how beautiful this is, but you as a scientist, oh, take this all apart and it becomes a dull thing." And I think he's kind of nutty. First of all, the beauty that he sees is available to other people and to me, too, I believe, although I might not be quite as refined aesthetically as he is. But I can appreciate the beauty of a flower. At the same time, I see much more about the flower that he sees. I could imagine the cells in there, the complicated actions inside which also have a beauty. I mean, it's not just beauty at this dimension of one centimeter: there is also beauty at a smaller dimension, the inner structure & also the processes. The fact that the colors in the flower are evolved in order to attract insects to pollinate it is interesting - it means that insects can see the color. It adds a question - does this aesthetic sense also exist in the lower forms that are - why is it aesthetic, all kinds of interesting questions which a science knowledge only adds to the excitement and mystery and the awe of a flower. It only adds. I don't understand how it subtracts.''   Richard Feyman

One Fact About Me is
It's been almost 10 years of being my own hairdresser; that means I have saved up more than £1000 but still I don't know what I have done with that money.

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