A/Prof. Michael S. Wheatland
Sydney Institute for Astronomy
School of Physics
The University of Sydney
Tel: +61 2 9351 5965
Fax: +61 2 9351 7726
My office is Rm 355 in the School of Physics
(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 past talks are collected here. This page with compiles some of my contributions to popular media.
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 some Junior tutorials. I have a YouTube channel (Mike's PhysFest) with clips of lecture demos and computer simulations from my Junior physics lectures.
University of Sydney Faculty of Science Profile page
Research opportunities - Senior/Hons/PhD projects
What's new on the Sun? - solar links
Solar Physics - I am an Editor in Chief at this journal
Additional research links
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 lecture demos
Popular media stories - a scrapbook of media contributions
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