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Dr Judith de Patoul

Associate Research Fellow | AXA Research Fellow


Telephone: 01392 725280

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Address: College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences
             Harrison Building - Streatham Campus - University of Exeter
             North Park Road -  Exeter EX4 4QF -  United Kingdom



The major source of changes in space weather is the Sun, which expands into interplanetary space through its solar wind, impacting the Earth and posing a critical risk to telecommunications, electrical infrastructures and modern technologies. For a functional forecast of space weather and its effects on human’s activities, it is necessary to elucidate the relations between solar coronal structures associated with the source of the fast solar wind and to explore forecasting potentials of these structures on the (properties of solar wind.

The investigation combines the development of novel advanced data analysis techniques and the understanding of the underlying physical processes. It is based on timely high-resolution observations from a comprehensive suite of multi-wavelength remote-sensing solar data.

This project is done in connection with the Solar-Terrestrial Plasmas and Space Weather research group.

Research Interests

  • Astrophysics and space plasma physics: solar physics (morphology and variability of coronal structures), solar wind (turbulence, heating and acceleration mechanisms), and space weather.
  • Image processing: multi-scales analysis, wavelet transform and statistical analysis.
  • 3D reconstruction: computer vision, tomography and stereoscopy.
  • Space instruments: EUV to X-ray observations, in-situ measurements.

Academic Qualifications

  • PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) in Physics, 2011. International Max-Planck Research School, Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Germany.
  • MSc in physics (Space - Earth - Climate), 2004. Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL), Belgium
  • BSc in Mathematics, 2002.(Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL), Belgium.

Fellowships / Awards

  • PROBA2 Guest Investigator Program 2014, Royal Observatory of Belgium.
  • AXA Research Fund Award, 2014 Post-Doctoral Fellowships Campaign.
  • Max Planck Society, PhD Fellowship, 2008-2011.

Refereed Publications

  • de Patoul, J., Foullon, C., Riley, P. (2015).  3D Electron Density Distributions in the Solar Corona during Solar Minima: Assessment for More Realistic Solar Wind Modeling. The Astrophysical Journal, 814, 1. [ApJ]
  • Tao, C., Sahraoui, F., Fontaine, D., de Patoul, J., Chust, T., Kasahara, S., and Retinò, A. (2014). Properties of Jupiter’s magnetospheric turbulence observed by the Galileo spacecraft. J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics. 120, 2477-2493. [ADS]
  • de Patoul, J., Inhester, B., Robert, C. (2013). Polar plumes' orientation and the Sun's global magnetic field. Astronomy and Astrophysics. 558 L4. [ADS] [arXiv] [PDF]
  • Sahraoui, F., Huang, S. Y., de Patoul, J., Belmont, G., Goldstein, M. L., Retino, A., Robert, P.  (2013). Scaling of the electron dissipation range of solar wind turbulence. Astrophysical Journal. [ADS] [arXiv]
  • Feng, L., Inhester, B., de Patoul, J., Wiegelmann, T. (2012). On the propagation of the polar jets from SECCHI/STEREO images. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 538, A34. [ADS] [arXiv]
  • de Patoul, J., Inhester, B., Feng, L., Wiegelmann, T. (2013, Accepted: Nov. 2011 ). 2D and 3D polar plume analysis from the three vantage positions of STEREO/SECCHI A, B, and SOHO/EIT. Solar Physics, 283, 207-225. [ADS] [arXiv] [PDF]
  • Zhukov, A. N., Rodriguez, L., de Patoul, J. (2008). STEREO/SECCHI Observations on 8 December 2007: Evidence Against the Wave Hypothesis of the EIT Wave  Origin. Solar Physics. 259, 73-85. [ADS]
  • Delouille, V., de Patoul, J., Hochedez, J.-F., Jacques, L., Antoine, J.-P. (2005). Wavelet Spectrum Analysis Of EIT/SOHO Images. Solar Physics. 228, 301-321. [ADS] [PDF]