Greetings from the Solar Theory Section!

Our group consists of Mark Linton (Acting Head) plus three research scientists. Official Navy policy prohibits us from identifying anyone else in the section.

We study the causes of energetic and dynamic activity in the solar atmosphere, from the photosphere to the outer corona, using a combination of analytic methods, numerical simulations, and data analysis. Much of our work involves solving the equations of magnetohydrodynamics (MHD), or some subset thereof, in order to understand the highly variable behavior of the magnetized, ionized gases in the Sun's outer layers.

Our research has been supported by the Office of Naval Research, through NRL 6.1 funds; the DoD High Performance Computing Modernization Program and the DoD Common High Performance Computing Software Support Initiative (CHSSI); and by several NASA programs, including the Solar and Heliospheric Physics Supporting Research and Technology (SR&T); Heliophysics Theory (HTP); Living with a Star (LWS) Targeted Research & Technology (TR&T); Heliophysics Guest Investigator; and High Performance Computing and Communications (HPCC) programs.

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