Balázs Pintér
MPhys (Hungary) PhD Belgium

Senior Lecturer

Contact Details

Room Number..........:  3.22
Building....................:  Physical Sciences
Phone.......................:   +44 (0)1970 622839
E-Mail........................:   bap


I was infected by the beauty and joy of maths and physics in the primary school, which I did in the small town of my childhood, Lábatlan (Hungary). I did my secondary school at ELTE Apáczai Csere János Gyakorló Gimnázium in Budapest, where I also had excellent maths and physics teachers. I graduated as a physicist at the Faculty of Science at Eötvös Lóránd University in Budapest. I started to explore the magnetic effects on helioseismic oscillations as a doctoral study in the Centre for Plasma Physics at the Catholic University Leuven (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium). After I finished my studies in Leuven in 1999, I moved back to Hungary for a short time and worked for GE Lighting Tungsram Rt., Budapest as a design engineer. I went back to helioseismology when I joint the BiSON (Birmingham Solar-Oscillations Network) Research Team in 2000. I worked at the Sheffield Hallam University with my supervisor, Roger New. In 2004 I started to work on a computational code at the University of Sheffield as a research assistant. By that code we modeled phenomena in the upper atmosphere of the Earth. I came to the Aberystwyth University in 2006.

Research Groups

Research Interests

  • Solar Physics:

    The first area of my research is solar physics. More specifically I am interested in theoretical and observational helioseismology. This field studies the global surface oscillations of the Sun and uses them as diagnostic tools to learn about the interior of the Sun, which is optically not visible in any direct ways, as the photons of solar light that reach our eyes or telescopes are generated in the photosphere, which is the thin surface layer of the Sun. The global pulsation of the photosphere is caused by acoustic waves which travel in the hot material of the solar interior. Acoustic waves from the interior reach the surface continuously and give an impulse to the photosphere as they are reflected back towards the centre of the Sun by the sharp drop of the plasma density at the solar surface. Those impulses keep the photospheric oscillations alive. Modeling these global waves and analysing the observational data provides a glimpse into a spectacular world beneath the solar surface. In the modeling study I focus on the question how the magnetic atmosphere of the Sun influences global oscillations, which are almost completely trapped in the solar interior. I am also interested in the recently developed techniques of local helioseismology, which studies oscillations observed in small regions on the surface or in the atmosphere of the Su

    My other research area is in planetary exploration. In our Venus Research Group we exploit Venus Express data about the ionosphere of our neighbouring planet. The spacecraft orbits Venus once a day and counts – among several other quantities - the number of ions and electrons impacted one of the onboard instruments. We also have a project on our other neighbour, in which we study the radiation environment on Mars. The results of our models will hopefully be useful when the measurements of rocks and regolith from the first two-way mission to Mars will be ready to be interpreted.

Teaching Areas

Modules Taught


Fundamental (f) Oscillations in a Magnetically Coupled Solar Interior-Atmosphere System: An Analytical ApproachPintér, B. & Erdélyi, R. 2017 In : Advances in Space Research.
Dissipative instability in a partially ionised prominence plasma slabBallai, I., Pinter, B., Oliver, R. & Alexandrou, M. 2017 In : Astronomy and Astrophysics.603, 11 p., A78
Effects of Magnetic Fields in the Solar Atmosphere on Global OscillationsPintér, B. & Erdélyi, R. 2011 In : Space Science Reviews.158, 2-4, p. 471-504
Venusian bow shock as seen by the ASPERA-4 ion instrument on Venus ExpressWhittaker, I., Guymer, G., Grande, M., Pintér, B., Barabash, S., Federov, A., Mazelle, C., Sauvaud, J. A., Lundin, R., Russell, C. T., Futaana, Y., Fränz, M., Zhang, T. L., Andersson, H., Grigoriev, A., Holmström, M., Yamauchi, M., Asamura, K., Baumjohann, W., Lammer, H., Coates, A. J., Kataria, D. O., Linder, D. R., Curtis, C. C., Hsieh, K. C., Koskinen, H. E. J., Kallio, E., Riihelä, P., Schmidt, W., Kozyra, J., Mckenna-Lawlor, S., Thocaven, J. J., Orsini, S., Cerulli-Irelli, R., Mura, A., Milillo, M., Maggi, M., Roelof, E., Brandt, P., Frahm, R. A., Sharber, J. R., Wurz, P. & Bochsler, P. 2010 In : Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics.115, A9, p. n/a A09224
From the Sun to the Earth: The 13 May 2005 Coronal Mass EjectionBisi, M. M., Breen, A. R., Jackson, B. V., Fallows, R. A., Walsh, A. P., Mikić, Z., Riley, P., Owen, C. J., Gonzalez-Esparza, A., Aguilar-Rodriguez, E., Morgan, H., Jensen, E. A., Wood, A. G., Owens, M. J., Tokumaru, M., Manoharan, P. K., Chashei, I. V., Giunta, A. S., Linker, J. A., Shishov, V. I., Tyul'Bashev, S. A., Agalya, G., Glubokova, S. K., Hamilton, M. S., Fujiki, K., Hick, P. P., Clover, J. M. & Pintér, B. 2010 In : Solar Physics.265, 1-2, p. 49-12779 p.
Modelling the Coupling Role of Magnetic Fields in HelioseismologyPintér, B. 2009 Helioseismology, Asteroseismology, and MHD Connections. Gizon, L., Cally, P. & Leibacher, J. (eds.). New York: Springer Nature, p. 329-340
Prominence Seismology: Wavelet Analysis of Filament OscillationsPintér, B., Jain, R., Tripathi, D. & Isobe, H. 2008 In : Astrophysical Journal.680, p. 1560-15689 p.
The way forward for coronal heatingMoortel, I. D., Browning, P., Bradshaw, S. J., Pintér, B. & Kontar, E. P. 2008 In : Astronomy & Geophysics.49, 3, p. 21-266 p.
Modelling solar atmospheric gravity oscillation modesPinter, B. 2008 In : Astronomische Nachrichten.329, 5, p. 503-507
Global oscillations in a magnetic solar model: II Oblique propagationPintér, B., Erdélyi, R. & Goossens, M. 2007 In : Astronomy and Astrophysics.466, 1, p. 377-38812 p.
Modeling subauroral polarization streams equatorward of the plasmapause footprintsPintér, B., Thom, S. D., Balthazor, R. L., Vo, H. & Bailey, G. J. 2006 In : Journal of Geophysical Research.111, A10
Studies of the solar mean magnetic field with the Birmingham Solar-Oscillations Network (BiSON)Chaplin, W. J., Dumbill, A. M., Elsworth, Y. P., Isaak, G. R., McLeod, C. P., Miller, B. A., New, R. & Pintér, B. 2003 In : Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.343, 3, p. 813-8186 p.
Rotational splitting of helioseismic modes influenced by a magnetic atmosphereNew, R., Pintér, B. & Erdélyi, R. 2001 In : Astronomy and Astrophysics.378, 1, p. 1-44 p.