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Lindsay Glesener

Assistant Professor (Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics)

TATEH 262 (office), 612-624-8392
TATEH 255 (lab)
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Assistant Professor, School of Physics & Astronomy, Univ. of Minnesota, 2015-present
Assistant Researcher, Space Sciences Laboratory, Univ. of California, Berkeley, 2015
Postdoctoral Researcher, Space Sciences Laboratory, Univ. of California, Berkeley, 2013-2015


Japan Society for the Promotion of Science short-term postdoctoral fellow, December 2013-January 2014
Royal Astronomical Society’s Tomkins Thesis Prize for Instrumentation, 2013
NASA Graduate Student Research Project fellowship, 2009-2012

Summary of Interests
Solar and space physics, high-energy astrophysics, astronomical instrumentation development

About My Work

I am a high-­energy solar astrophysicist, concentrating on the Sun’s remarkable capabilities for accelerating particles. Solar flares and coronal mass ejections transform huge amounts of energy from the coronal magnetic fields into particle kinetic energy through processes that are not yet understood. We attempt to evaluate and explain these phenomena by examining the high­-energy emission from flares, all the way from large eruptive flares down to small, prevalent, unresolved ones. My main investigative tools are data from the extreme ultraviolet and hard X-­rays, primarily from the RHESSI, NuSTAR, SDO, and Hinode spacecraft. I also concentrate on the development of new instrumentation for high-energy exploration of the Sun, with an emphasis on hard X-­ray sensors. Before reaching the large spacecraft stage, developing instruments are tested on sounding rockets, balloons, and CubeSats. In collaboration with several other institutions, we are developing hard X­-ray focusing telescopes for solar purposes via the FOXSI project, which has had two successful flights on suborbital sounding rockets from the White Sands Missile Range. We are also developing solar-observing CubeSats to measure high-energy radiation from the Sun with high time precision. The capabilities of this and other new instruments will open a new door by which we can understand some of the most energetic phenomena in the solar system.

Advisees and Collaborators

Subramania Athiray (Postdoctoral Researcher)
Sophie Musset (Postdoctoral Researcher)
Julie Vievering (Physics PhD Student)
Trevor Knuth (Astrophysics PhD Student)
Ryan Vogt (Undergraduate Student)
Kendra Bergstedt (Undergraduate Student)
Maxwell Yurs (Undergraduate Student)
Sam Drehmel (Undergraduate Student)
Jenna Burgett (Undergraduate Student)
Megan Birch (Undergraduate Student)
Lance Davis (Undergraduate Student)
Jeff Chaffin (Recent Graduate)

Selected Publications

Glesener, Lindsay; Krucker, Säm.; Christe, Steven; Ishikawa, Shin-nosuke; Buitrago-Casas, Juan Camilo; Ramsey, Brian; Gubarev, Mikhail; Takahashi, Tadayuki; Watanabe, Shin; Takeda, Shin'ichiro; Courtade, Sasha; Turin, Paul; McBride, Stephen; Shourt, Van;, The FOXSI solar sounding rocket campaigns, Proceedings of the SPIE

Grefenstette, Brian W.; Glesener, Lindsay; Krucker, Säm; Hudson, Hugh; Hannah, Iain G.; Smith, David M.; Vogel, Julia K.; White, Stephen M.; Madsen, Kristin K.; Marsh, Andrew J.; Caspi, Amir; Chen, Bin; Shih, Albert; Kuhar, Matej; Boggs, Steven E.; Chris, The First Focused Hard X-ray Images of the Sun with NuSTAR, The Astrophysical Journal

Chen, Bin; Bastian, Timothy S.; Shen, Chengcai; Gary, Dale E.; Krucker, Säm; Glesener, Lindsay, Particle acceleration by a solar flare termination shock, Science

Ishikawa, S., Glesener, L., Christe, S., Ishibashi, K., Brooks, D., Williams, D., Shimojo, M., Sako, N., Krucker, S., Constraining Hot Plasma in a Non-flaring Solar Active Region with FOXSI Hard X- ray Observations., Publications of the Astronomical Society of Japan doi:10.1093/pasj/psu090

Krucker, S., Christe, S., Glesener, L., Ishikawa, S., Ramsey, B., Takahashi, T., Watanabe, S., Saito, S., Gubarev, M., Kilaru, K., Tajima, H., Tanaka, T., Turin, P., McBride, S., Glaser, D., Fermin, J., White, S., Lin, R., First Images from the Focusing Optics X-Ray Solar Imager., The Astrophysical Journal Letters

Glesener, L., Krucker, S., Bain, H.M., Lin, R.P., Observation of Heating by Flare-accelerated Electrons in a Solar Coronal Mass Ejection, The Astrophysical Journal Letters

Glesener, L., Krucker, S., Lin, R.P., Hard X-Ray Observations of a Jet and Accelerated Electrons in the Corona, The Astrophysical Journal

Bain, H.M., Krucker, S., Glesener, L., Lin, R.P., Radio Imaging of Shock-accelerated Electrons Associated with an Erupting Plasmoid on 2010 November 3, . The Astrophysical Journal


Ph.D. Univ. of California, Berkeley, 2012, Advisors Robert P. Lin and Säm Krucker
M.A. Univ. of California, Berkeley, 2009
B.S. San Francisco State Univ., 2006