Investigations of Solar Activity with Instruments of the Owens Valley Solar Array

Project: Research project

Project Details


The research to be carried out centers on solar radio astronomy. Specifically, decimetric

bursts will be studied using the combined spectral, temporal, and spatial capabilities of

the Owens Valley Solar Array (OVSA) and the Frequency Agile Solar Radiotelescope

(FASR) Subsystem Testbed. The magnetic and plasma properties of the solar corona

above active regions will also be explored, including elucidating the 3D structure of the

corona above active regions. In-depth studies of magnetic reconnection in both tworibbon

flares and bursts with pulsations will be undertaken, and their relation to the

acceleration of electrons that produce the radio and hard X-ray bursts will be evaluated.

The OVSA instrument is a university-based solar-dedicated radio imaging array and the

only solar-dedicated radio instrument in the US. During the award period, the

testing/prototyping of technology for the Frequency Agile Solar Radiotelescope will

be continued. In addition, the data collected through

OVSA will made available to scientists world-wide as well as to undergraduates and

graduate students at the New jersey Institute of Technology for use in research projects.

Effective start/end date7/1/066/30/10


  • National Science Foundation: $778,678.00


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