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Ms Camille Lorfing
G01
Mullard Space Science Laboratory
Holmbury Hill Road
Holmbury St Mary
Dorking
RH5 6NT
Ms Camille Lorfing profile picture
Appointment
  • Post Graduate Teaching Assistant
  • Dept of Space & Climate Physics
  • Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences
Biography

I graduated with an MPhys in Physics with Astrophysics from the University of Manchester in 2020 where I worked on designing a novel technique to optimally characterised radio pulsars at the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics under the supervision of Dr Patrick Weltevrede. 

My PhD combines both theoretical predictions as well as observational analysis (Solar Orbiter) of solar electron beams, Langmuir waves, and type III solar radio bursts in the solar corona and the solar wind.

Alongside my PhD I am developping a passion for outreach and science communication to wider audiences.

In my free time I love to go swimming, bouldering, playing football and learning languages. My guilty pleasure is sitting in the dark in front of a huge cinema screen to timetravel to alternative worlds for the length of a movie session. 

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Research Summary

Humans have been fascinated by the Sun shining upon them since the beginning of times. In ancient times our ancestors had already understood many things about our Star but there is still so much to uncover...

The Sun is a big and highly eruptive ball of plasma. Through its activity it emits particles like electrons in the form of beams that travel through the plasma of the solar corona and the solar wind. As these beams propagate away from the Sun, they interact with the plasma they pass through, causing a specific kind of plasma waves called Langmuir waves to grow. Wave-wave interactions in the plasma then subsequently produce emission at radio wavelength. All the steps in wave-particle interaction and emission production process are observed both by in-situ instruments onboards spacecrafts like Solar Orbiter and Parker Solar Probe as well as remote sensing observations at Earth.

It is not well understood yet what energies of electrons interact with the plasma to grow Langmuir waves as a function of distance from the Sun, and what is the velocity (energy) range of the electron beam producing the radio emission.

My work involves looking at the resonant interactions between solar accelerated electron beams and the plasma in the solar corona and the solar wind. I look specifically at the maximum electron velocity growing Langmuir waves at different distance from the Sun as well as the subsequent radio emission in the form of type III solar radio bursts. 

My research combines both Fortran simulations of the wave-particle interactions using a Fokker-Planck approach of 1D quasilinear theory as well as a comparison of my predictions with in-situ data from Solar Orbiter’s RPW, SWA, and EPD instruments.

Teaching Summary
Postgraduate Teaching Assistant

- Space Plasma and Magnetospheric Physics (SPCE0005) 2021/2022

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