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Integrating High Resolution Solar Physics

Project description

Solar magnetism attracts world-class researchers and infrastructures for collaboration

The flow of hot ionised gas in our Sun generates a powerful magnetic field. About every 11 years, the Sun's north and south poles flip. This solar cycle is associated with the appearance of sunspots and huge eruptions such as solar flares, which can affect us here on Earth. Predicting them is an important area of research related to both our well-being and our understanding of the evolution and activity of other stars. The EU-funded SOLARNET project is bringing together world-class European infrastructures for high-resolution solar physics research to enhance instrumentation, data access, imaging tools and algorithm development, experimentation, collaboration and trainings that will support full exploitation of future research facilities.


This project aims at integrating the major European infrastructures in the field of high-resolution solar physics. The following actions will be taken: (i) realise transnational access to all European users; (ii) integrate small communities and foster European collaboration; (ii) enhance and spread data acquisition and processing expertise to the Europe-wide community; (iii) increase the impact of high-resolution data by offering science-ready data and facilitating their retrieval and usage; (iv) encourage combination of space and ground-based data by providing unified access to pertinent data repositories; (v) foster synergies between observational and theoretical research communities by organising meetings where each presents state-of-the-art methodologies; (vi) train a new generation through student schools, a mobility program, and grant program to attend conferences; (vii) develop innovative post-focus instrumentation; (viii) develop and build next generation devices to correct for atmospheric turbulence; (ix) lay foundations for combined use of synoptic and high-resolution facilities on ground and in space (x) dissemination activities towards society. The project involves all pertinent European research institutions, infrastructures, and data repositories. Together, these represent first-class facilities. The additional participation by private companies and non-European research institutions maximizes the impact on the world-wide scale. In particular, the project achievements will be of principal importance in defining the exploitation of the future 4-meter European Solar Telescope.

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Net EU contribution
€ 2 269 110,85
79104 Freiburg

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Baden-Württemberg Freiburg Freiburg im Breisgau, Stadtkreis
Activity type
Research Organisations
Total cost
€ 2 756 345,00

Participants (36)