Sofia P. Moschou
At the High Energy Astrophysics Division of the Center for Astrophysics my role is to use my background on solar physics and try to apply it and improve our understanding of stellar activity on different types of stars. My research interests include the study of solar and stellar outflows and activity events, such as coronal mass ejections (CMEs), flares, and energetic particles. More specifically, my work is focused on phenomena associated with magnetic reconnection, such as shocks, particle acceleration and multi-wavelength emission and their energy partition in different regimes. Finally, I am particularly interested in studying the effects of stellar activity on (exo)planetary magnetospheres and habitability. My first scientific work was during my undergrad years at the University of Athens, when I studied solar jet dynamics by analyzing SDO and STEREO data for my bachelor thesis. Staying in Greece for my Master thesis I did a semi-analytic study of MHD instabilities in astrophysical jets. I obtained my PhD entitled “Dynamics of the solar atmosphere and solar wind modeling” at the KU Leuven on Computational Plasma Astrophysics.