Yvonne Elsworth

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Yvonne Elsworth
Education University of Manchester (BSc, PhD)
Scientific career
Institutions University of Birmingham
Thesis A field-compensated multiplex spectrometer for the visible region  (1976)
Website www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/physics/people/staff-profile.aspx?ReferenceId=8416

Yvonne Elsworth FRS FInstP FRAS is an Irish physicist, Professor of Helioseismology and Poynting Professor of Physics in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Birmingham. [2] Elsworth is also the Head of the Birmingham Solar Oscillations Network (BiSON), the longest running helioseismology network with data covering three solar cycles. [3]



In 1970 Elsworth graduated with honours from the University of Manchester with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics. In 1976 she was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree [4] [5] from the School of Physics at the University of Manchester. [2] [6] [7] [8]


Elsworth's research interests include: helioseismology, solar physics, solar variability, asteroseismology, stellar physics and stellar variability. [2] [9] [10] [11] Her research has been funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). [12]

Awards and honours

Elsworth was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2015 for her work on helioseismology. [1] Her certificate of election reads:

In 2011 she was awarded the Payne-Gaposchkin Medal and Prize from the Institute of Physics (IoP). [13] Elsworth is also a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (FInstP) and a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society (FRAS). [14]

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  3. https://web.archive.org/web/20070611210739/http://astro.phys.au.dk/SONG/WORKSHOP-2006/Miller.ppt
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  5. Elsworth, Y; James, J F; Sternberg, R S (1974). "A field compensated interference spectrometer for the visible region: the optical design". Journal of Physics E: Scientific Instruments. 7 (10): 813–816. Bibcode:1974JPhE....7..813E. doi:10.1088/0022-3735/7/10/011.
  6. Hopkinson, G. R.; Elsworth, Yvonne; James, J. F. (1974). "Dust in the head of Comet Kohoutek". Nature. 249 (5454): 233–234. Bibcode:1974Natur.249..233H. doi:10.1038/249233a0.
  7. Hopkinson, G. R.; Elsworth, Yvonne; James, J. F. (1974). "Photometry of the zodiacal light in the near infrared". Nature. 251 (5477): 694. Bibcode:1974Natur.251Q.694H. doi:10.1038/251694a0.
  8. Elsworth, Y; James, J F (1973). "An optical screw with a pitch of one wavelength". Journal of Physics E: Scientific Instruments. 6 (11): 1134–1136. Bibcode:1973JPhE....6.1134E. doi:10.1088/0022-3735/6/11/027.
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  10. Chaplin, W. J.; Kjeldsen, H.; Christensen-Dalsgaard, J.; Basu, S.; Miglio, A.; Appourchaux, T.; Bedding, T. R.; Elsworth, Y.; Garcia, R. A.; Gilliland, R. L.; Girardi, L.; Houdek, G.; Karoff, C.; Kawaler, S. D.; Metcalfe, T. S.; Molenda-Zakowicz, J.; Monteiro, M. J. P. F. G.; Thompson, M. J.; Verner, G. A.; Ballot, J.; Bonanno, A.; Brandao, I. M.; Broomhall, A.- M.; Bruntt, H.; Campante, T. L.; Corsaro, E.; Creevey, O. L.; Dogan, G.; Esch, L.; Gai, N.; Gaulme, P.; Hale, S. J.; Handberg, R.; Hekker, S.; Huber, D.; Jimenez, A.; Mathur, S.; Mazumdar, A.; Mosser, B.; New, R.; Pinsonneault, M. H.; Pricopi, D.; Quirion, P.- O.; Regulo, C.; Salabert, D.; Serenelli, A. M.; Aguirre, V. S.; Sousa, S. G.; Stello, D.; Stevens, I. R.; Suran, M. D.; Uytterhoeven, K.; White, T. R.; Borucki, W. J.; Brown, T. M.; Jenkins, J. M.; Kinemuchi, K.; Van Cleve, J.; Klaus, T. C. (2011). "Ensemble Asteroseismology of Solar-Type Stars with the NASA Kepler Mission". Science. 332 (6026): 213–216. arXiv: 1109.4723 . Bibcode:2011Sci...332..213C. doi:10.1126/science.1201827. PMID   21474754.
  11. Bedding, Timothy R.; Mosser, Benoit; Huber, Daniel; Montalbán, Josefina; Beck, Paul; Christensen-Dalsgaard, Jørgen; Elsworth, Yvonne P.; García, Rafael A.; Miglio, Andrea; Stello, Dennis; White, Timothy R.; De Ridder, Joris; Hekker, Saskia; Aerts, Conny; Barban, Caroline; Belkacem, Kevin; Broomhall, Anne-Marie; Brown, Timothy M.; Buzasi, Derek L.; Carrier, Fabien; Chaplin, William J.; Di Mauro, Maria Pia; Dupret, Marc-Antoine; Frandsen, Søren; Gilliland, Ronald L.; Goupil, Marie-Jo; Jenkins, Jon M.; Kallinger, Thomas; Kawaler, Steven; Kjeldsen, Hans; Mathur, Savita; Noels, Arlette; Aguirre, Victor Silva; Ventura, Paolo (2011). "Gravity modes as a way to distinguish between hydrogen- and helium-burning red giant stars". Nature. 471 (7340): 608–611. arXiv: 1103.5805 . Bibcode:2011Natur.471..608B. doi:10.1038/nature09935. PMID   21455175.
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