Juan Carlos Martinez Oliveros

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My name is Juan Carlos Martínez-Oliveros, I am a Colombian astronomer. I was born in Bogotá , Colombia. I studied physics in the National University of Colombia for 4 years and left Colombia to study astronomy and astrophysics in Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation. There I studied at the Saint Petersburg State University, in the faculty of Mathematics and Mechanics and got the degree of Msc in Astronomy and Astrophysics in 2004. I worked in solar radio astrophysics group under the supervision of Dr. Valery Georgovich Nagnibeda using radio data from the radio telescope RATAN-600 of the Russian Academy of Sciences and BPR of the Pulkovo Astronomical Observatory. I worked in Colombia for the Observatorio Astronómico Nacional (National Astronomical Observatory) and for the department of physics of the Universidad de los Andes.

I did my PhD studies at Monash University under the supervision of Prof. Paul Cally and Dr. Alina-Catalina Donea. I studied the process of particle acceleration and magnetic field variations and their relation with the generation of sunquakes.

At the present time I work at the Space Sciences Laboratory- University of California at Berkeley. My current research project is related to the study of type II and III radio solar bursts, using radiometers onboard the twin spacecraft STEREO A and B. We use a technique called radio direction-finding or Goniopolarimetry to determinate the position of radio sources in the interplanetary medium. The ultimate goal is to link the acceleration and propagation properties of particles and mass in the solar corona from the flare site to observation in the interplanetary space and  at 1AU. Also I work using data from RHESSI and the Solar Dynamics Observatory, continuing my flare physics and sunquake generation processes.

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“The diversity of the phenomena of nature is so great, and the treasures hidden in the heavens so rich, precisely in order that the human mind shall never be lacking in fresh nourishment.”

 Johannes Kepler (1571-1630)