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Dr. Kelly Korreck

I am a solar physicist working at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in the High Energy Astrophysics Department in the Solar Stellar X-ray Group (SSXG). I work on understanding high energy phenomena associated with shock physics in the heliosphere and in astronomical systems such as supernova remnants. To do this, I work on building and operating scientific satellite instrumentation. I am a science Co-I and former chief observer for the X-ray Telescope (XRT) aboard JAXA's Hinode Satellite. I was a planner for the TRACE Satellite. The images from this wonderful satellite is the reason why I am in solar physics.

I had the distinct pleasure to work with an amazing international team to build the High Resolution Coronal Imager (Hi-C) Sounding Rocket. Those 5 minutes of flight captured the highest resoultion images of the solar corona in the extreme ultraviolet.

Currently, I am a science Co-I and head of Science Operations of the Solar Wind Electron Alpha and Proton (SWEAP) Instrument Suite which will fly on NASA's Solar Probe Plus - a mission to touch the Sun's corona.

Scientific Interests

  • Heating of the Solar Corona
  • Space Weather
  • Acceleration of Particles at Shocks
  • Solar and stellar wind source regions
  • Extreme Ultraviolet Telescopes
  • Connections between solar plasma physics, astrophysics and laboratory plasma physics

Current Research

  • Energy in Solar Flares as observed by Hinode
  • Coronal Mass Ejection Shocks in the low corona as observed by the Solar Dynamics Observatory
  • Extreme Ultraviolet Coronagraph Development
  • Neutral atom simulations at shock fronts

Publications and CV

CV and Publication List

Contact Information

Dr. Kelly E. Korreck
60 Garden Street, MS-58
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617)496-1611 (office)
(617)496-7577 (fax)


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