Maria Weber
Fellow, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics

Education: Ph.D., Colorado State University, 2014

Location: ERC 505
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Affiliations: Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum

The Sun, stellar astrophysics, stellar magnetism, stellar convection, fluid dynamics, magnetohydrodynamics, flux emergence, computational simulations
A thin magnetic flux tube from Weber et al. 2011, 2013 embedded in the turbulent solar convection zone. Buoyant magnetic bundles such as these are believed to be the progenitors of sunspots. Visualization credit by T. Sandstrom and C. Henze, NASA Advanced Supercomputing Division.
Research Fields:
My research is largely computational in nature, and focuses on fluid dynamics, magnetohydrodynamics (MHD), and magnetic flux emergence in solar-like and low mass stars. I am particularly interested in exploring the processes at work in stellar interiors that eventually give rise to observed trends in differential rotation, magnetism, and surface patterns of flux emergence. My early work focused on the Sun. Recently, I have been inspired to study M dwarf magnetism and investigate how the presence (or lack) of a tacholine imprints on the dynamo process and subsequent appearance of surface magnetism. This is a timely topic, as the nearest Earth-like worlds in habitable zones may be found orbiting magnetically active M dwarfs.

I am an NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow. In addition to my research activities at the University of Chicago, I enjoy public outreach. I also usually spend one day a week at Adler Planetarium for the purpose of interacting with museum visitors and developing new planetarium visualizations and visual aids.

See my CV for an accurate list of my publications, including links to ADS and arXiv.