Tom Van Doorsselaere
Worked at: University of Warwick, UK
Current university: KULeuven, Centre for plasma astrophysics / Mathematics Department,
Title of the project: Coronal seismology in the Solar Dynamics Observatory era
From the jury report:
Tom Van Doorsselaere has a very strong scientific background in the world-leading Centre for Plasma Astrophysics in Leuven, followed by postdoctoral research at a major institution in the UK. Moreover, he has held a highly competitive Marie Curie Fellowship. He has, largely on his own initiative, taken up the field of seismology of the solar corona, a field where the required observational data are only now becoming available. This resulted in very substantial contributions to the field, despite his young age.. Also, he has given an impressive number of seminars and other presentations, further contributing to making him an internationally known and recognized scientist.
His impressive list of publications, relatively focused towards the magnetohydrodynamics of the solar atmosphere, constitute an excellent background for his actual project on corona seismology. The well-defined work plan of the project is an indication for a strong potential for research leadership, beyond his own individual research. This exciting highly original and extremely timely research will transform our understanding of the Sun's corona. Coronal seismology is a new field, and this research will transform it from a theoretical exercise into a highly practical one in which the physical properties of the corona will be deduced in detail for the first time from the properties of the observed oscillations.
The project is highly feasible, the method and focusing are ideal. The candidate and his colleagues have been preparing for the major advance represented by this project for many years. The recent launch of the huge new space satellite SDO makes the project extremely timely, since many of the analysis tools have already been developed by the applicant. This will certainly greatly enhance the world visibility and standing of Flanders’ research.