Solar Plasma Spectroscopy: Achievements and Future Challenges

Celebrating the Career of Dr Helen Mason

DAMTP, University of Cambridge, 13-15 September 2010




Solar Plasma Spectroscopy: Achievements And Future Challenges

Recent spectroscopic instruments such as the Coronal Diagnostic Spectrometer (CDS) on board the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SoHO) and the Extreme-ultraviolet Imaging Spectrometer (EIS) on board Hinode have revealed the importance of high quality atomic databases and plasma diagnostic techniques applicable to solar plasmas.

Dr Helen Mason has made major contributions in atomic physics for the solar corona and has been a founding member of the CHIANTI database. In addition she has played a pioneering role in the development and application of plasma diagnostic techniques to probe solar coronal plasmas, helping us understand the problem of solar coronal heating.

To honour Dr Helen Mason's scientific contributions and achievements, we are organising a conference on "Solar Plasma Spectroscopy: Achievements And Future Challenges" in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.

The conference will review past and recent achievements, as well as future challenges in the fields of atomic physics and solar spectroscopy and their application to the problem of heating of the solar atmosphere. We encourage the participation of colleagues from atomic physics, spectroscopy, and solar physics.

The topics covered will include:

  1. Development and application of plasma diagnostic techniques to measure physical plasma parameters in solar and astrophysical plasmas
  2. Observations and modelling of solar active regions and flares
  3. Atomic physics calculations and data

If you would like to attend this meeting please send an e-mail to before 20th April, 2010. Colleagues who have already expressed an interest have been included in the list of participants.

The information regarding abstract submission and registration fees will be provided in a future announcement shortly after 20th April 2010.