Research school  «Magnetospheric and ionospheric indignations during the periods of the high-energy events caused by solar activity»
Project leader:

Nikolay Barkhatov

Dsci in Physics and Mathematics, professor

Main areas of work of the school:

  1. The nature of magnetospheric and ionospheric indignations during the periods of the increased solar activity
  2. Monitoring and forecasting negative consequences of heliogeophysical activity for communications equipment.

Key results of the scientific work of the school of science:

  1. They developed an algorithm of determining parameters of magnetic clouds according to the patrol satellite that registers parameters of the interplanetary environment, as well as a method of the close forecast of intensity of the expected magnetic storm on the basis of measuring the component of interplanetary magnetic field at the initial stage of magnetosphere passing through a cloud;
  2. They created a technique of classifying comprehensive global geomagnetic indignations based on their cause and effect relationship with manifestations of solar activity in solar wind;
  3. They suggested and proved a new explanation of seasonal variation of geomagnetic activity which, according to our scholars, is caused not only by the usual factors (like orientation of a terrestrial dipole or helioprojection of Earth) but also by the fact that geoeffective magnetic clouds have particular orientation concerning the ecliptic plane.

As a result, they obtained a patent for the above method together with the equipment and software.

The activities of our research school is supported by Russian Fundamental Research Fund (2012-2014., 2016-2017., 2016-2018.), Russian Ministry of Science and Higher Education (2014-2016., 2017-2019.).

The school gave rise to creating the research laboratory ‘Physics of Solar and Terrestrial Communications" (project leader – N. Barkhatov).


We support scientific cooperation with Pushkov Institute of Terrestrial Magnetism, Ionosphere and Radio Waves Distribution of RAS (Troitsk), Radio and Physics Research Institute (Nizhny Novgorod), Polar Geophysical Institute of RAS (Apatity), Institute of Applied Physics of RAS (Nizhny Novgorod).