Bart De Pontieu

Living with our nearest Star - Rosseland lecture 2016

Bart De Pontieu is a principal physicist at Lockheed Martin’s Solar & Astrophysics Laboratory which is part of Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center in Palo Alto, California. De Pontieu is the science lead for NASA’s solar satellite Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) which was built by Lockheed Martin and which has been observing the Sun’s atmosphere since its launch in 2013. He is also adjunct professor at the Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics at the University of Oslo. His research focuses on using high-resolution observations and numerical models to understand the physical processes that cause the rapid rise of temperatures from 10,000 degrees to millions of degrees in the low solar atmosphere. Throughout De Pontieu’s involvement with half a dozen NASA missions, he has prioritized public outreach through lectures, class-room visits and websites.