UCL Department of Space and Climate Physics


Prof Sarah Matthews

Professor of Solar Physics

Dept of Space & Climate Physics

Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences

Joined UCL
1st Oct 1999

Research summary

Solar physics: storage and release of energy in magnetic fields in the solar atmosphere; active region structure and evolution; initiation and evolution of solar flares and coronal mass ejections; formation mechanisms of 'sun-quakes'; solar energetic particle acceleration and space weather; ground and space-based instrumentation for remote sensing observations; solar activity.

Teaching summary

Departmental Head of Education and MSc Space Science and Engineering Programme Director

Various modules, including Space Data Systems and Processing (module lead); Space Science, Environment and Satellite Missions; Solar Physics. MSc individual project tutor.


University of Glasgow
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 1996
University of Glasgow
First Degree, Bachelor of Science (Honours) | 1992