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Atomic physics plays a key role in astrophysics as astronomers' only information about a particular object comes through the light that it emits, and this light arises through atomic transitions. The two major topics tackled by our group are thus:

  • Performing atomic physics calculations that  are needed to astronomers. Our group has played a key role in developing and maintaining CHIANTI, a Database for Astrophysical Emission Line Spectroscopy.
  • Using atomic data to interpret astronomical observations and measure the plasma state using spectroscopic diagnostics.

We are mostly interested to study the Sun, in particular the solar corona. We are members of the vibrant UK Solar Physics community (UKSP)  




Old  Atomic astrophysics pages