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Bart De Pontieu, research scientist, Lockheed Martin Solar & Astrophysics Lab, Palo Alto, CA |
Dr. Bart De Pontieu is a research scientist at the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technoogy Center's Solar and Astrophysics Lab (LMSAL) in Palo Alto, CA. His work has focused on understanding the connection between the Sun's surface and its atmosphere by studying the Sun's chromosphere and transition region using ground-based and space-based imaging and spectroscopy, as well as numerical simulations. He is a member of the teams working on the NASA TRACE spacecraft and NASA/JAXA's Solar Optical Telescope (SOT) onboard the Japanese Hinode satellite. He is also a co-Investigator of the AIA instrument to be launched onboard NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO).
De Pontieu received his Masters in Physics from the University of Ghent, Belgium, and his Ph. D. in Physics from the University of Ghent and the Max-Planck-Institute for extraterrestrial Physics, Garching, Germany.
Scott McIntosh, research scientist, Southwest Research Institute, Boulder CO
Dr. Scott McIntosh is a Senior Research Scientist in the Space Studies Department of Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in Boulder, Colorado and also a Visiting Scientist at the High Altitude Observatory (HAO) of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Boulder, CO. His work has focused on understanding the connection between the Sun's surface and its upper atmosphere by studying the interaction of waves and magnetic fields in the Sun's chromosphere and transition region using ground and space-based Imaging, Doppler imaging and ultraviolet spectroscopy. He is a member of the team working on the NASA/JAXA's Solar Optical Telescope (SOT) onboard the Japanese Hinode satellite.
McIntosh received his Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University of Glasgow, United Kingdom.