Solar Physics Department
From ISTP SB RAS
Head of the Department is D.Sc. (Phys.&Math.) M.L. Demidov
The Department staff includes 9 Doctors and 21 Candidates of Sciences (Phys.&Math, Technics)
 Structure of the Department:
- Laboratory of Experimental Solar Physics and Astrophysical Instrument Making (C.Sc. (Phys.&Math.) D.Yu. Kolobov);
- Solar Atmospheric Structure Laboratory (D.Sc. (Phys.&Math.) V.I. Skomorovsky);
- Solar Activity Laboratory (D.Sc. (Phys.&Math.) A.V. Mordvinov);
- Laboratory of Infrared Methods in Astrophysics (C.Sc. (Phys.&Math.) M.V. Eselevich);
- Sayan Solar Observatory (A.A. Lukovnikova);
- Baikal Astrophysical Observatory (C.Sc. (Phys.&Math.) A.V. Borovik.
In 1962, Corresponding Member of RAS V.E. Stepanov founded scientific school on solar physics with a wide spectrum of investigations ranging from solar global properties to structure and dynamics of various solar-atmosphere processes. Since 1985, the school has been headed by V.M. Grigoryev; its speciality is combination of solar research and development of new astrophysical experimental methods and techniques. A major contribution to the Solar Department formation was made by the organizer of the solar research direction in Siberia Prof. G.Ya. Smolkov, and its evolution was due to Prof. G.V. Kuklin and D.Sc. (Phys.&Math.) V.G. Banin.
For its outstanding activities, the Department was awarded a grant of State support of leading scientific schools of the Russian Federation.
 Lines of investigation:
- Structure and dynamics of global magnetic fields and velocity fields on the Sun;
- Variability of solar global characteristics (general magnetic field, indices of coronal and chromospheric activity, coronal holes, coronal mass ejections, luminosity, etc.);
- Theoretical models for magnetic field generation, convection and Sun’s differential rotation;
- Evolution of active regions, sunspot models, oscillatory phenomena in sunspots and active regions;
- Development of methods for measuring magnetic fields and ray velocities on the Sun, and creation of problem-oriented telescopes and instruments for solar physics;
- Applied astronomical problems (astrometry and photometry of high-orbit spacecraft and space debris, creation of the 1.5-meter infrared telescope and observational methods in the infrared spectral range).