Research Staff

Olga Panasenco, PhD

Olga Panasenco , PhD

CEO and Senior Research Scientist

(626) 689-6764

Dr. Panasenco has graduated from Moscow State University with a PhD in physics and chemistry of plasma. She has published 27 papers on solar physics in refereed scientific journals. Her research expertise includes the formation, stability and eruption of magnetic structures anchored in the photosphere (such as filaments and prominences) and the subsequent coronal mass ejections, study of solar supergranular cells and photospheric magnetic vortices at the intersections of these cells, properties of coronal pseudostreamers and their solar wind counterparts with applications to coronal heating and Alfvénic turbulence in the solar wind, and many others.

Franco Rappazzo, PhD

Franco Rappazzo , PhD

Research Scientist (former, now at UCLA)

Dr. Rappazzo received his Ph.D. in Physics in 2006 from the University of Pisa (Italy). His research has focused on understanding and modeling the two major topics of solar and space physics: how the outer layer of the solar atmosphere, the corona, is heated to a temperature of a million degrees, and how charged particles are accelerated from the corona forming the solar wind that flows toward Earth filling the interplanetary space. Dr. Rappazzo has published 19 papers in refereed scientific journals.

Aram Panasenco

Aram Panasenco

Software Developer

(626) 382-8403

Aram is a software developer with 5 years of experience. He has developed solar physics programs for aligning solar images, calculating the magnetic flux on a specific region of the Sun, modeling solar wind, and many others. Aram can program in Python, IDL, Java, and other computer languages. He also handles some day-to-day administrative tasks, such as updating the website.

Featured Publications

  2016 (1)
Rapid Reconnection and Field Line Topology. Parker, E.; and Rappazzo, A. In Gonzalez, W.; and Parker, E., editor(s), Astrophysics and Space Science Library, volume 427, pages 181, 2016.
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  2015 (1)
Observations and Analysis of the Non-Radial Propagation of Coronal Mass Ejections Near the Sun. Liewer, P.; Panasenco, O.; Vourlidas, A.; and Colaninno, R. \solphys, 290: 3343-3364. November 2015.
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  2014 (1)
Apparent Solar Tornado-Like Prominences. Panasenco, O.; Martin, S.; and Velli, M. \solphys, 289: 603-622. February 2014.
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