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Our team is multidisciplinary, covering a broad range of expertise in magnetism of the Sun and cool stars, exoplanets and astrobiology. Our research is based on spectro-polarimetric measurements, Stokes profiles modeling, MHD simulations, Big Data analysis with machine learning and stochastic thermodynamics tools, as well as laboratory and field measurements.

Team Members

Berdyugina, Svetlana (KIS Director, Group Head)
Solar and stellar magnetism, exoplanetary atmospheres, astrobiology, physics of molecules, polarised radiative transfer.

Díaz Castillo, Saida (PhD Student)
Small-scale magnetic field in the quiet Sun, spectropolarimetry, computational tools and machine learning.

Lindner, Philip (PhD Student)
Sunspots, penumbra formation, spectropolarimetry and inversions of photospheric and chromospheric solar lines.

Schmassmann, Markus (Research assistant)
MHD simulations of sunspots with the MURAM code.

Steiner, Oskar (Senior scientist)
Small-scale magnetism of the Sun and stars; numerical simulation of magnetohydrodynamic processes in solar and stellar plasmas; polarised radiative transfer; radiation hydrodynamics; numerical methods in computational fluid dynamics and radiative transfer.


Beluzzi, Luca (Scientist, jointly with IRSOL)
Polarised radiative transfer theory

Gorobets, Andrei (Postdoc, jointly with SDC)
Stochastic data analysis

Yakobchuk, Taras (Postdoc, jointly with SDC)
Polarimetry of exoplanets, multispectral polarimetry using UAV

Former members

Fischer, Catherine (Scientist)
Small-scale magnetic field in the quiet Sun, analysis of high-resolution spectropolarimetric, spectroscopic, and imaging data of the solar photosphere and chromosphere