Derek A. Lamb

Derek A. Lamb, Ph. D.

Senior Research Analyst, Solar Astrophysics

Department of Space Sciences

Southwest Research Institute

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Research Summary

I am a solar physicist whose main research focus is the evolution of magnetic fields on the surface of the Sun. I am best known for my work developing and employing algorithms to automatically track hundreds of thousands of evolving magnetic features across the solar surface. These methods have allowed my to discover that much of the magnetic field on the Sun exists in forms that are unable to be routinely detected with current instrumentation, and that the dynamo that is thought to produce magnetic fields on small scales on the Sun must operate deep within the Sun’s convection zone. I have been primarily responsible for deploying a module in the Solar Dynamics Observatory’s near-real-time data pipeline that automatically detects regions of emerging magnetic flux.


The Solar Magnetic Tracking Series

  1. "Software Comparison and Recommended Practices", DeForest et al., 2007, Astrophysical Journal (pdf, ADS)
  2. "The Apparent Unipolar Emergence of Quiet Sun Flux", Lamb et al., 2008, Astrophysical Journal (pdf, ADS)
  3. "Apparent Unipolar Flux Emergence in High-resolution Observations", Lamb et al., 2010, Astrophysical Journal (pdf, ADS)
  4. "The Death of Magnetic Features", Lamb et al., 2013, Astrophysical Journal (pdf, ADS)

Other Papers

Contact Information

Derek Lamb
Department of Space Studies
Southwest Research Institute
1050 Walnut Street Suite 300
Boulder, CO 80302
Tel: 720-208-7207