"Studying the Sun on both sides of the Atlantic"
Valentín Martínez Pillet
National Solar Observatory Director
This lecture is free and open to the general public. The program will be in English and refreshments will be served.
Registration is required at: https://ecusa-dc-seminar-4-21-15.eventbrite.com
The Sun is a fascinating object. I have been fortunate enough to study our star at research institutions in Spain and in the US. I became a professional astronomer in 1987 at the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (Tenerife) and have developed my career interacting with a number of international institutions, including the US National Solar Observatory (NSO)—the institution that I joined as Director in 2013. NSO is an exciting center that is building in Hawaii the largest ever designed solar telescope, the 4m class Daniel K Inouye Solar telescope (DKIST). From a rather personal perspective, I will address the reasons that make the Sun the most relevant astronomical object for our society and will offer a comparison on how research is structured in both sides of the Atlantic.
Dr. Martínez Pillet is director of the National Solar Observatory (NSO) that operates solar telescope facilities in New Mexico and Arizona and is developing the soon to be largest solar telescope in the world, the 4m class Daniel K Inouye Solar telescope (DKIST), in Hawaii. He has more than 25 years of experience in solar physics research. He is Principal Investigator of the IMaX instrument that flew on board the the Sunrise balloon-borne telescope and he is Co-Principal Investigator of the SO/PHI instrument in the ESA/NASA Solar Orbiter mission.
Before joining NSO in 2013, he was a Senior Scientist at the Instituto Astrofísico de Canarias (Spain) and professor a the University of La Laguna (Spain). He has been member of several international scientific advisory bodies as well as former President of the Division II "The Sun & the Heliosphere" of the International Astronomical Union. He has numerous publications in high impact journals.