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

Biography

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

Publications

2017

Ballai, I., Pinter, B., Oliver, R., Alexandrou, M. 2017. Dissipative instability in a partially ionised prominence plasma slab. Astronomy and Astrophysics 603 A78 10.1051/0004-6361/201629215

2011

Pintér, B., Erdélyi, R. 2011. Effects of Magnetic Fields in the Solar Atmosphere on Global Oscillations. Space Science Reviews 158 (2-4) pp. 471-504. 10.1007/s11214-011-9805-9 Cadair

2010

Whittaker, 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. Venusian bow shock as seen by the ASPERA-4 ion instrument on Venus Express. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics 115 (A9) A09224 10.1029/2009JA014826 Cadair

Bisi, 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. From the Sun to the Earth: The 13 May 2005 Coronal Mass Ejection. Solar Physics 265 (1-2) pp. 49-127. 10.1007/s11207-010-9602-8 Other Cadair

2009

Pintér, B. 2009. Modelling the Coupling Role of Magnetic Fields in Helioseismology. In L. Gizon., P. Cally., J. Leibacher. (eds) Helioseismology, Asteroseismology, and MHD Connections. Springer Nature, New York pp. 329-340. 10.1007/978-0-387-89482-9_23 Cadair

2008

Pintér, B., Jain, R., Tripathi, D., Isobe, H. 2008. Prominence Seismology: Wavelet Analysis of Filament Oscillations. Astrophysical Journal 680 pp. 1560-1568. 10.1086/588273 Cadair

Moortel, I.D., Browning, P., Bradshaw, S.J., Pintér, B., Kontar, E.P. 2008. The way forward for coronal heating. Astronomy & Geophysics 49 (3) pp. 21-26. 10.1111/j.1468-4004.2008.49321.x Cadair

Pinter, B. 2008. Modelling solar atmospheric gravity oscillation modes. Astronomische Nachrichten 329 (5) pp. 503-507. 10.1002/asna.200710985 Cadair

2007

Pintér, B., Erdélyi, R., Goossens, M. 2007. Global oscillations in a magnetic solar model: II Oblique propagation. Astronomy and Astrophysics 466 (1) pp. 377-388. 10.1051/0004-6361:20041632 Cadair Other

2006

Pintér, B., Thom, S.D., Balthazor, R.L., Vo, H., Bailey, G.J. 2006. Modeling subauroral polarization streams equatorward of the plasmapause footprints. Journal of Geophysical Research 111 (A10) Cadair Other

2003

Chaplin, W.J., Dumbill, A.M., Elsworth, Y.P., Isaak, G.R., McLeod, C.P., Miller, B.A., New, R., Pintér, B. 2003. Studies of the solar mean magnetic field with the Birmingham Solar-Oscillations Network (BiSON). Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 343 (3) pp. 813-818. 10.1046/j.1365-8711.2003.06715.x Cadair

2001

New, R., Pintér, B., Erdélyi, R. 2001. Rotational splitting of helioseismic modes influenced by a magnetic atmosphere. Astronomy and Astrophysics 378 (1) pp. 1-4. 10.1051/0004-6361:20011061 Cadair