Youra Taroyan PhD


Contact Details

Room Number..........:  3.11
Building....................:  Physical Sciences
Phone.......................:   +44 (0)1970 622218
E-Mail........................:   yot
Home Page...............:   Personal

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The launch of SoHO (Solar and Heliospheric Observatory) in the late nineties marked the beginning of a golden age in solar physics. I became fascinated by the wealth of possibilities involved in solar physics research and did a PhD at Sheffield University.

In 2003 I moved to Armagh Observatory to work as a PDRA. In 2006, I was awarded a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship at Sheffield University.

Since 2010 I am a lecturer in the Physics Department at Aberystwyth University. I have recently organised a session at UKSP/NAM 2011 in Wales and an RAS meeting in London. I am also responsible for coordinating departmental outreach and editing the web pages of the Solar System Physics Group.

Research Groups

Research Interests

  • Physics of Space Plasmas:

    I am primarily interested in the physics of space plasmas. The study of processes occurring in such systems is important for understanding the fundamental properties of plasma, the mysterious heating of the solar/stellar atmospheres, predicting space weather. The main areas of my research are

    • Magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) instabilities, compressible flows, absolute and convective instabilities;
    • The dynamics of the solar atmosphere, numerical modelling of solar transients in coronal loops, synthesis of observables;
    • Excitation and damping mechanisms of MHD waves in solar magnetic structures;
    • Determination of solar paramaters through a combination of observations and forward modelling;
    • Helioseismology.

Teaching Areas

Modules Taught



Morgan, H., Taroyan, Y. 2017. Global conditions in the solar corona from 2010 to 2017. Science Advances 3 (7) e1602056


Taroyan, Y., Williams, T. 2016. Magnetic field twisting by intergranular downdrafts. Astrophysical Journal 829 pp. 107. Cadair

Williams, T., Taroyan, Y., Fedun, V. 2016. The NonLinear Evolution of a Twist in a Magnetic Shocktube. Astrophysical Journal 817 (2) 92 Cadair


Price, D.J., Taroyan, Y., Innes, D., Bradshaw, S.J. 2015. Forward Modelling of a Brightening Observed by AIA. Solar Physics 290 (7) pp. 1931-1945. Cadair

Taroyan, Y. 2015. Alfvén instability of steady state flux tubes. II. Upflows in stratified atmospheres. Astronomy and Astrophysics 575 A104 Cadair

Price, D.J., Taroyan, Y. 2015. Physics of outflows near solar active regions. Annales Geophysicae 33 pp. 25-29. Cadair


Taroyan, Y., Bradshaw, S. 2014. Forward-Modeling of Doppler Shifts in EUV Spectral Lines. Solar Physics 289 (6) pp. 1959-1970. Cadair


Taroyan, Y., Burrows, K. 2013. Spectral Signatures of Transient Heating in the Solar Corona. Journal of Physics: Conference Series 440 (Conference 1) 012010 Cadair


Taroyan, Y. 2012. Alfvén Amplifier in the Solar Atmosphere. Multi-scale Dynamical Processes in Space and Astrophysical Plasmas, Astrophysics and Space Science Proceedings. Springer Nature pp. 123. Cadair


Taroyan, Y. 2011. Alfvén instability of steady state flux tubes. Isothermal flow. Astronomy and Astrophysics 533 A68 Cadair

Taroyan, Y., Ruderman, M.S. 2011. MHD Waves and Instabilities in Space Plasma Flows. Space Science Reviews 158 (2-4) pp. 505-523. Cadair

Taroyan, Y., Erdélyi, R., Bradshaw, S.J. 2011. Observational Signatures of Impulsively Heated Coronal Loops: Power-Law Distribution of Energies. Solar Physics 269 (2) pp. 295-307. Cadair


Robertson, D., Ruderman, M.S., Taroyan, Y. 2010. The effect of density stratification on the transverse oscillations of two parallel coronal loops. Astronomy and Astrophysics 515 A33 Cadair

Taroyan, Y., Erdélyi, R. 2010. MHD Wave Heating Diagnostics. Magnetic Coupling between the Interior and Atmosphere of the Sun. Astrophysics and Space Science Proceedings pp. 287-288. Cadair


Taroyan, Y., Erdélyi, R. 2009. Heating Diagnostics with MHD Waves. Space Science Reviews 149 (1-4) pp. 229-254. Cadair

Taroyan, Y. 2009. Alfven Instability in coronal loops with siphon flows. Astrophysical Journal 694 (1) pp. 69-75. Cadair


Taroyan, Y., Bradshaw, S. 2008. Coronal loop oscillations and diagnostics with Hinode/EIS. Astronomy and Astrophysics 481 (1) pp. 247-252. Cadair

Taroyan, Y. 2008. Alfvén Instability in a Compressible Flow. Physical Review Letters 101 (24) 245001 Cadair

Erdélyi, R., Taroyan, Y. 2008. Hinode EUV spectroscopic observations of coronal oscillations. Astronomy and Astrophysics 489 (3) pp. L49-L52. Cadair

Taroyan, Y., Erdélyi, R. 2008. Global Acoustic Resonance in a Stratified Solar Atmosphere. Solar Physics 251 (1-2) pp. 523-531. Cadair

Taroyan, Y. 2008. Integrated approach to the coronal heating problem. Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union 247 pp. 184-194. Cadair