Thomas Howson

SMTG St Andrews


I am currently a 2nd year PhD student in the Solar and Magnetospheric Theory Group at the University of St Andrews. My supervisor is Professor Ineke De Moortel and I am funded by the STFC. Previously, I have received financial support from a European Research Council grant.

Visiting Old Faithful in Wyoming

My research concerns the coronal heating problem. We hope to compare the heating efficiency of several wave, reconnection and turbulence based theories to test their suitability for heating the solar atmosphere. My research interests include:

  • 3D MHD simulations of reconnection heating.
  • The damping of coronal waves through mode coupling/resonant absorption.
  • The formation of the Kelvin-Helmholtz Instability in oscillating coronal loops.
  • The use of forward modelling to generate synthetic observations from numerical experiments.

Outside work, I have a love-hate relationship with golf - I think its fantastic until a sliced drive into the gorse on the first brings a swift change of heart. My feelings about football are fairly similar but my proudest moments include bringing the National Astronomy Meeting football trophy to St Andrews not once but twice!

Talks and Conferences
Thanks to the financial support of the ERC, STFC and the RAS, I have been able to attend the various conferences and workshops that are listed below.

Date Meeting Location Information
June 2018 CISM Summer School - Advanced Topics in MHD Udine, Italy -
May 2018 Solar Seminar Series St Andrews Talk
April 2018 European Week of Astronomy and Space Science Liverpool Talk
March 2018 UKMHD St Andrews Talk
January 2018 RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting London Talk
September 2017 European Solar Physics Meeting Budapest, Hungary Poster
August 2017 STFC Advanced Solar System Plasmas Summer School Preston -
July 2017 National Astronomy Meeting Hull Talk
June 2017 8th Coronal Loops Workshop Palermo, Italy Talk
May 2017 Solar Seminar Series St Andrews Talk
March 2017 UKMHD Durham Talk
January 2017 Postgraduate Intradisciplinary Mathematics Symposium (Organising Committee) The Burn, Edzell, Scotland Introductory Talk
January 2017 School Research Day St Andrews Talk
Aug/Sep 2016 5th SOLARNET Workshop - Heating in the Solar Atmosphere Belfast Talk
July 2016 HPC and MPI Summer School Edinburgh -
June 2016 National Astronomy Meeting Nottingham Poster
June 2016 Solar Seminar Series St Andrews Talk
January 2016 Postgraduate Intradisciplinary Mathematics Symposium The Burn, Edzell, Scotland Talk
September 2015 STFC Introductory Solar System Plasmas Summer School Glasgow -
Summer 2014 Solar Physics REU Bozeman, Montana Website

The formation of the Kelvin-Helmholtz Instability.

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