An RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Dr Nicolas Labrosse (Glasgow)* and Dr Duncan Mackay (St Andrews)
*Contact: nicolas.labrosse_AT_glasgow.ac.uk This specialist discussion meeting aims to review our current understanding of the life-cycle of solar prominences. How do they form? How do they interact with their environment, from the photosphere to the corona? How do they disappear? What is their contribution to Space Weather? Addressing these questions relies on interactions between experts in plasma physics, MHD, magnetic field modelling and observation, spectroscopy, radiation transfer, ... This will be an excellent opportunity to discuss open issues in this area of interest to solar and stellar physicists, keeping in mind recent and future developments in observations and in modelling. 10:30 Brigitte Schmieder (Observatoire de Paris): Prominences - Formation and plasma properties11:00 Spiro Antiochos (NASA/GSFC): Prominences - Magnetic Field and Heliospheric Connection11:30 Jaroslav Dudik (University of Cambridge): Magnetic Topology of Bubbles in Quiescent Prominences11:50 Ramon Oliver (University of the Balearic Islands: Dynamics of descending plasma knots in solar prominences
12:10 Veronique Bommier (Observatoire de Paris): The Solar Prominence Magnetic Field Measurements12:30 Break for lunch / poster session14:00 Tom Berger (National Solar Observatory): Prominences and the Chromosphere-Corona Mass Cycle14:20 Istvan Ballai (University of Sheffield): The role of partial ionisation in the stability of prominence structures14:40 Richard Morton (Northumbria University): A statistical study of Alfvenic waves in a quiescent prominence15:00 Jeff Smith (Aberystwyth University): AIA Observations of Fast Counter-streaming Flows along a Solar Filament channel15:20 Stanislav Gunár (University of St Andrews): Synthetic high-resolution prominence observations15:40 Manuel Luna (Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias): Observations and Implications of Large-Amplitude Longitudinal Oscillations in a Solar Filament Tea and coffee will be available from 10:00 and again after the meeting at 16:00.