Youra Taroyan



Office: Office: 302, Physical Sciences Building, Penglais Campus
Phone: 01970 622 218
Fax: 01970 622 826

Teaching Areas

·         PH24610 – Stars

·         PH28310 - The Solar Interior

·         PH39320 - Ionised Atmospheres and Space Plasma

·         PH34000 – Advanced Techniques

·         PHM4810 - Advanced Topics in Solar System Physics

·         PH18010 - Astronomy


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.


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.

Staff Publications

My recent publications include:

Taroyan Y., Alfven instability of steady state flux tubes. Isothermal flow, 2011, Astron. & Astrophys., 533, 68

Taroyan Y., Ruderman M., MHD waves and instabilities in space plasma flows, 2011, Invited review article for Space Science Reviews, in press

Taroyan Y., Erdélyi, R., S. Bradshaw, Forward modelling of impulsively heated coronal loops with a power-law distribution, 2011, Solar Physics, 269, 295

•Robertson D., Ruderman M., Taroyan Y., The effect of density stratification on the transverse oscillations of two parallel coronal loops, 2010, Astron. & Astrophys., 515, 33

Taroyan Y., Erdélyi R., Heating diagnostics with MHD waves, 2009, Invited review article for Space Science Reviews, 149, 229

Taroyan Y., Alfven instability in coronal loops with siphon flows, 2009, Astrophys. J., 694, 69

Taroyan Y., Alfven instability in a compressible flow, 2008, Physical Review Letters, 101, 5001

Erdélyi R. and Taroyan Y. Hinode EUV spectroscopic observations of coronal oscillations, 2008, Astron. & Astrophys. Lett., 489, L49,

Taroyan Y. and Erdélyi R., Global acoustic resonance in a stratified solar atmosphere, 2008, Solar Physics, 251, 523

Taroyan Y. and Bradshaw, S., Coronal loop oscillations and diagnostics with Hinode/EIS, 2008, Astron. & Astrophys., 481, 247