A/Prof. Mike Wheatland
Sydney Institute for Astronomy
School of Physics
The University of Sydney
Tel: +61 2 9351 5965 (H90) or +61 2 9351 5126 (A28)
Fax: +61 2 9351 7726
My main office is at Rosehill St Redfern (building H90). When I'm in the School of Physics I may be found in Room 205.
(Image credit: Bill Webster)
Teaching, research and administration
My research is mostly in solar astrophysics (the physics of events at the Sun). Specific research interests include solar flares and solar activity, the statistics of that activity, coronal magnetic fields, solar-terrestrial relations, and Bayesian probability. An up-to-date list of my publications is maintained here, and overheads for a number of recent talks are collected here. I maintain a page with recent contributions to the popular media related to my research.
I have worked on the problem of modelling magnetic fields in the Sun's corona using nonlinear force-free fields.
I currently teach PHYS 1001 Physics 1 (Mechanics), PHYS 1902 Physics 1B Advanced (Quantum), the Senior Physics Computational Physics module, and COSC 3011/3911 Scientific Computing. I have a YouTube channel (Mike's PhysFest) with clips of lecture demos and computer simulations from my Junior physics lectures.
I am the coordinator for Senior Physics (third year).
Theoretical Physics group in the School of Physics
Research opportunities - Senior/Hons/PhD projects (updated September 2012)
What's new on the Sun? - solar links
A DIY Linux cluster in the School of Physics
Modeling the fall of a slinky
The double pendulum
Double square pendulum - a model for the pendulum in the SoP corridor
Solar flare prediction - a statistical method for flare prediction
Mike's PhysFest - YouTube channel with my lecture demos
Popular media stories - a scrapbook of media contributions
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