Michael DeLuca

University of Pittsburgh

REU Student - Summer 2014
Montana State University

Contact : mdd40[at]pitt.edu

Office : EPS 230

Advisor : Dr. Andrés Muñoz-Jaramillo

Research Project

I am working with Dr. Andrés Muñoz-Jaramillo to study the solar cycle. The Sun follows a roughly 22-year cycle of high and low activity. This activity is driven mainly by the magnetic field buried in the Sun, which erupts through the surface in what are called active regions. I will work to assemble a database of active regions in the Sun using magnetograms taken by the MDI instrument on board the SOHO satellite. This database will track active regions over more than a decade of daily MDI observations, enabling an unprecedented ability to study their properties over time with the changes in the solar cycle.

Research Log

Week 1 : June 8th - June 14th

Week 2 : June 15th - June 21st

Week 3 : June 22nd - June 28th

Week 4 : June 29th - July 5th

Week 5 : July 6th - July 12th

Week 6 : July 13nd - July 19th

Week 7 : July 20th - July 26th

Week 8 : July 27th - August 2nd

Week 9 : August 3rd - August 9th


Here are some links to what I have been working on:

Active Regions Movie

Parameter Search (Compressed File)

Midterm Presentation

Large Active Regions Movie

Final Presentation (PowerPoint)

Final Presentation (PDF)


Pictures from Montana