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Dr. Shaun Bloomfield

Senior Research Fellow

Tel: +353 (0)1 896 3281
Fax: +353 (0)1 671 1759


Shaun received an M.Sci. (Hons.) in Physics with Astrophysics in 2001 followed by a PhD in Astrophysics in 2005, both from Queen's University Belfast. He continued as a research fellow in Belfast before moving to the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Germany. He arrived in Trinity College Dublin in October 2007. Dr. Bloomfield is a Member of the Institute of Physics (AMInstP), a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society (FRAS), and part of the Max Millennium Chief Observer team responsible for sending daily alerts on the expected level of solar activity.


Dr. Bloomfield's research has focused on atmospheric dynamics and flare activity on the Sun and other cool stars. Shaun is interested in flare forecasting methods, sunspot magnetic structure and activity, Stokes polarization inversion for the retrieval of 3-D magnetic fields, novel image processing methods, and advanced Fourier and multi-scale wavelet time series analysis techniques. He has been Co-I on numerous successful ground- and space- based telescope time allocation proposals and instrumentation funding applications. He is also a team member for the SWAP (Sun Watcher using Active Pixel System detector and Image Processing) instrument on ESA's PROBA-2 satellite which will be launched in November 2009.