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Solar and Space Physics

We are a successful group pursuing high-international-priority research across the broad remit of Solar and Space Physics. The group demonstrates international leadership across theory, numerical modelling, observations of solar and space plasma, data intensive science, and a growing reputation for space-related hardware.

Our Solar and Space Physics research has been supported with core funding from STFC and NERC as well as funding from EU Horizon 2020, European Space Agency (ESA), UK Space Agency (UKSA), the US Air Force, the National Solar Observatory (USA), the Leverhulme Trust, and the Royal Astronomical Society. Group members sit on various national and international panels including the STFC Education, Training and Careers Committee (Prof James McLaughlin), STFC Solar System Advisory Panel (Dr Richard Morton), STFC Project Peer Review Panel (Dr Robert Wicks), UKSA’s Space Programme Advisory Committee (Prof Clare Watt) and ESA’s Space Science Advisory Committee (Prof Jonathan Rae). Members of the group, including Prof Jonathan Rae, Prof Clare Watt, Dr Shaun Bloomfield and Dr Jasmine Sandhu also contribute to the ongoing UKRI SWIMMR (Space Weather Instrumentation, Measurement, Modelling and Risk) national space weather programme in support of the UK Met Office. The group includes 1 Future Leader Fellow (Dr Richard Morton) and 2 STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellows (Dr Patrick Antolin and Dr John Coxon). 


Group leadership and contacts

Academic team


Research Fellows


Visiting Fellows

PhD students

  • Ms Shannon Killey (PhD student working with Jonathan Rae, Sarah Bentley and Clare Watt)
  • Ms Hemanthi Miriyala (PhD student working with Richard Morton)
  • Ms Dovile Rasinskaite (PhD student working with Clare Watt, Sarah Bentley, Jasmine Sandhu and Jonathan Rae)
  • Ms Seray Sahin (PhD student working with Patrick Antolin)
  • Mr Vishal Singh (PhD student working with Gert Botha)
  • Ms Morgan Stores (PhD student working with Natasha Jeffrey)
  • Ms Ramada Sukarmadji (PhD student working with Patrick Antolin)
  • Mr Jordan Talbot (PhD student working with James McLaughlin and Gert Botha)


Research relationships

The group’s recent research achievements include the discovery of coronal reconnection nanojets (Antolin et al., 2021, Nature Astronomy5, 54), revealing the source of Jupiter’s x-ray auroral flares (Yao et al., 2021, Science Advances, 7, 28), creating global maps of the solar magnetic field (Yang et al., 2020, Science368, 694), and uncovering a basal contribution from p-modes to the Alfvénic wave flux in the Sun’s atmosphere (Morton, Weberg & McLaughlin, 2019, Nature Astronomy3, 223).

To view research papers emanating from this group, please click here to view Northumbria Research Link, our open access repository of research output from Northumbria University.

This group is a part of the University’s multi-disciplinary research into the theme of Extreme Environments.


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