Solar physics

Definition

Solar physics is the study of the fundamental processes occurring in the sun. Primarily this is related to the dynamics of plasmas and their interplay with the sun’s magnetic fields, and how these processes vary in different regions of the sun, from its core to the surrounding corona.

Latest Research and Reviews

News and Comment

  • News and Views |

    The Sun is a magnetically active rotating star. Simultaneous observations with the STEREO and SDO space missions reveal solar analogues of planetary Rossby waves that will help forecast space weather.

    • Stéphane Mathis
  • News and Views |

    Solar eruptions are triggered by magnetic stress building up in the corona due to the motion of the Sun's dense surface. New observations reveal that these eruptions can, in turn, induce the rotational motion of sunspots.

    • Guillaume Aulanier
    Nature Physics 12, 998–999
  • News and Views |

    Frequent storms on the young Sun would have ejected energetic particles and compressed Earth's magnetosphere. Simulations suggest that the particles penetrated the atmosphere and initiated reactions that warmed the planet and fertilized life.

    • Ramses Ramirez
    Nature Geoscience 9, 413–414
  • Comments and Opinion |

    A new NASA mission will reveal the electron-scale physics of magnetic reconnection, a process that connects our planet to the rest of the Universe.

    • Thomas Earle Moore
    • , James L. Burch
    •  & Roy B. Torbert
    Nature Physics 11, 611–613