IHY - Group photo

This international school offers an intensive two weeks course in topics related to heliophysics. The course is aimed at Ph.D. and post-doctoral research students. As a special case, a few final year M.Sc (Physics) students, with an interest in Solar Physics and who want to pursue it further, may also be considered. The school will cover a broad spectrum of physical processes in the heliospace. The overall theme of the School is to teach the students how the Sun influences the sphere of 100 AU radius through its electromagnetic and mass emissions and the physical processes involved. The purpose is to provide an introduction to heliophysics for students who do not have an opportunity to take such a course at their home institution. There will be approximately 40 lectures, with activities related to the lecture material. There will also be lab exercises and opportunities to observe the Sun with the existing facilities.

The International Heliophysical Year (IHY) is an international program of scientific collaboration planned for 2007, the fiftieth anniversary of International Geophysical Year (IGY) and extending through 2008. To address IHY’s focus on providing unique opportunities for the global community to increase the visibility and accessibility of heliophysics outreach programme, the IHY International steering committee has formed the IHY Schools Program with the purpose of educating students about Universal Processes and providing them with an opportunity to view their own interests in a new context. By enhancing the scope, impact and outreach of existing space physics programs at various host locations, the IHY schools will enable student cultural exchange with the goal of establishing innovative new models for graduate education and training in heliophysics.

Topics covered:


1. Sun in the Universe
2. Solar interior
3. Solar atmosphere and the heliosphere
4. Solar eruptions and heliospheric consequences
5. Shocks, flows and obstacles
6. Dynamo processes
7. Reconnection processes in Sun and heliosphere
8. Sun-Climate
9. Turbulence in the heliospace
10. Planetary atmospheres, ionospheres and magnetospheres
11. Radio emission processes
12. Energetic particles in the heliosphere
13. Elemental abundances in the heliosphere
14. Space platforms for heliophysical Studies
15. Space weather
16. Cosmic rays and climate