Inner Heliosphere

Inner Heliosphere research group funded by OTKA grant FK 128548 (2018-2023)

  • Dr. Andrea Opitz (PI) - Senior Research Fellow (Wigner RCP)
  • DSc. Géza Erdős (senior member) - Scientific Advisor -> Retired Research Associate (Wigner RCP)
  • Gábor Tróznai (junior member) - Research Engineer (Wigner RCP -> Centre for Energy Research)
  • Ákos Madár (junior member) - PhD student (Eotvos University and Wigner RCP)
  • Nikolett Biró (junior member) - PhD student (Eotvos University and Wigner RCP)
  • Gergely Kobán (junior member) - PhD student (Eotvos University and Wigner RCP)
  • Dr. Kovács Péter (junior member) - Research Fellow -> Senior Research Fellow (Wigner RCP)
  • Dr. Melinda Dósa (former junior member) - PhD student -> Research Fellow (Wigner RCP)

  • Wigner Space

    Research: The investigation of the plasma physical processes in the heliosphere is strongly limited by the small number of spacecraft making in situ measurements in single points. This project aims to connect the data of those measurements in order to best exploit the information about the structures and dynamical processes in the heliosphere. The main goal of the project is to establish models and methods for the spatial extrapolation of the plasma characteristics measured by space probes to other places in the heliosphere. This investigation has practical benefits such as the determination of plasma conditions near Earth or other planets, which influence space weather at those bodies. Forecasting the plasma parameters to be measured by a new spacecraft is also useful to plan the missions and to provide test data for the development of data analysis tools before launch.

  • Soltra: a visual tool to find opportunities for coordinated multi-spacecraft observations in the inner heliosphere
  • Propy: a problem-tailored background solar wind propagation tool (contact the team).

  • List of ICME signatures in the in-situ solar wind plasma data observed by numerous spacecraft (contact the team).

  • Koban G., Opitz A., Biro N., Nemeth Z., Orientation of the stream interface of CIRs, submitted to Jswsc.
  • Munteanu C., Kovacs P., Echim M., An Integrated Nonlinear Analysis (INA) software for space plasma turbulence, submitted to Earth and Space Science
  • Hadid L. Z. et al. (including Melinda Dosa and Akos Madar), BepiColombo’s Cruise Phase: Unique Opportunity for Synergistic Observations, Frontiers in Astronomy and Space Sciences, Vol. 8, DOI: 10.3389/fspas.2021.718024 (2021).
  • Mangano et al. (including Melinda Dosa, Akos Madar and Geza Erdos) BepiColombo Science Investigations During Cruise and Flybys at the Earth, Venus and Mercury, SSR 217:1, paper 23 (2021).
  • Horbury et al. (including Geza Erdos) The Solar Orbiter magnetometer, A&A 642, paper A9 (2020).
  • Milillo et al. (including Melinda Dosa) Investigating Mercury's Environment with the Two-Spacecraft BepiColombo Mission, SSR 216:5, paper 93 (2020).
  • Timar A. et al. (including Melinda Dosa and Andrea Opitz) Estimating the solar wind pressure at comet 67P fromRosetta magnetic field measurements, J. Space Weather and Space Climate 9, A3 (2019).
  • Melinda Dósa Long-term recurrences in the heliospheric magnetic field, PhD thesis (2019).
  • Ákos Madár - MSc thesis (2019).

  • Last modified by Andrea Opitz on 10th November 2022.