Dr. Adam F. Kowalski joined the National Solar Observatory and the Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences as Assistant Professor. His research interests are solar and stellar astrophysics with a specialization in spectroscopy of optical and ultraviolet emission in stellar flares. Adam uses state-of-the-art modeling codes and techniques combined with analysis of data from ground and space-based observatories to understand how the lower, dense stellar atmosphere is heated in response to the sudden release of magnetic energy during flares. Recently, he has been working on connecting the physical processes in solar flares to much (up to 1000 times!) more energetic flares on red dwarf stars using data from NASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph and the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph on the Hubble Space Telescope. He will be actively participating in the science plan for studying flares with future data from the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope.
stellar astrophysics, solar physics, flares, radiative processes in stellar atmospheres, radiative hydrodynamic modeling, optical and ultraviolet spectroscopy, interpretation of spectral phenomena, observing