A/Prof. Mike Wheatland
Sydney Institute for Astronomy
School of Physics
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006
Australia
Email: michael.wheatland@sydney.edu.au
Tel: +61 2 9351 5965
Fax: +61 2 9351 7726
My office is Rm 223 Rosehill St Redfern (building H90).


(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 this 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).


A small sunspot region goes flare mad (Image Credit: NASA/EIT)

Various links
Theoretical Physics group in the School of Physics
My Profile page on the Science Faculty's web pages
Research opportunities - Senior/Hons/PhD projects (updated October 2013)
My publications
What's new on the Sun? - solar links
Teaching-related links
Additional research 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


Modeling the fall of a slinky


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