UCL Department of Space and Climate Physics


Prof Lucie Green

Professor of Physics

Dept of Space & Climate Physics

Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences

Joined UCL
4th Apr 2005

Research summary

My research focusses on the study of the evolution of the Sun’s magnetic field and how it drives solar activity that in turn leads to space weather at the Earth. My early work used new techniques to quantify the amount of magnetic helicity ejected by the Sun during events called coronal mass ejections. The results are important for many areas of solar physics including dynamo theory and the evolution of the global solar magnetic field. More recently, I have focussed on the question of whether or not flux ropes form in the lower solar atmosphere before coronal mass ejections. I am interested in how observations can be used to quantify the magnetic flux in these ropes so that we can better understand their evolution to an unstable and eruptive configuration. This work is  important for developing the science that underpins space weather forecasting.


University College London
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2001
University of Sussex
Other higher degree, Master of Physics (Honours) | 1998