Dr. Eoin Carley
Tel: +353 (0)1 896 2157
Fax: +353 (0)1 671 1759
I graduated from NUI Maynooth in 2008 with a BSc in Physics with Astrophysics. After the completion of my degree I generally lived the life of a nomad graduate and moved to Chicago for a number of eventful months. Eventually, I came home and I have been living in Dublin since then. I became a member of the Astrophysics Research Group in September 2009 where I am studying for a PhD in Solar Astrophysics, or CME masses and energetics to be exact. Apart from astronomy I have an odd mixture of interests which include photography, life drawing and playing the guitar.
Solar coronal mass ejections (CMEs) are large, spectacular eruptions of plasma and magnetic fields that drive space weather in the near-Earth environment and beyond. Despite nearly thirty years of study, the basic physics that expels these plasma clouds into the solar system is still not well understood. A substantial body of literature exists concerning direct properties of these events (e.g. height, brightness). Far fewer consider the derived properties (e.g. speed, mass) that are necessary for studying their energetics. Before the launch of the Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO), all measurements were 2D projections of 3D structures. Hence all results are only lower limits, strongly dependent on the angle of propagation of the CME. My research will involve the use of STEREO to accurately track CMEs in four dimensions (three spatial and one temporal) and hence accurately measure the mass and energetics of these explosive space-weather events.