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BIN CHEN
Research
The Big Picture

The Sun is not as benign as it may appear. It produces big explosions that release a large amount of energy, sometimes comparable a billion megatons of TNT! These explosions, first of all, serve as a good laboratory to study similar, but often even more violent explosions in the Universe thanks to the Sun's proximity. A few examples include large flares on active stars that may destroy the habitability of exoplanets found in the "Habitable Zone", and relativistic jets from black holes. Studying these explosions also have important practical values: Our space environment, known as "Space Weather", is strongly affected by such explosions on our nearest star. Our technology today has become increasingly prone to damaging space weather events. A nonexclusive list includes satellite operations and astronaut safety, radio/satellite communications, GPS reception, and power grids. Understanding the origin of the drivers of space weather would help our society predict and mitigate such effects.

 

My current research focuses on the physics of solar activities, especially solar flares and coronal mass ejections (CMEs), and their relation to space weather. I am especially interested in understanding the physical processes responsible for the storage, release, and transport of the energy involved in these explosions. I use multi-wavelength observations, assisted with theoretical investigations, to reveal the multifaceted nature of these processes. My main specialty lies in solar radio astronomy. I am an expert user of the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) and the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) for solar studies, both of which are major, general-purpose radio facilities. I am also heavily involved in the development and commissioning of the Expanded Owens Valley Solar Array (EOVSA), a new solar-dedicated radio facility operated by NJIT.

Solar Flares

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Radio Astronomy

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Research
The Big Picture
Solar Flares
Radio Astronomy
Research
BIN CHEN
The Big Picture
Solar Flares
Radio Astronomy
Research
The Big Picture
Solar Flares
Radio Astronomy