Opendata, web and dolomites


Solar prominences: unraveling the ultimate condensation catastrophe

Total Cost €


EC-Contrib. €






 PROMINENT project word cloud

Explore the words cloud of the PROMINENT project. It provides you a very rough idea of what is the project "PROMINENT" about.

heliosphere    weight    solar    magnetic    eruption    train    observations    effort    barbs    mass    body    daddy    outweighs    structure    coronal    historic    intriguing    adaptive    disappearance    sizes    gigantic    orbiter    limits    recorded    resolution    magnetically    thermal    instabilities    formed    astrophysical    june    grid    involve    space    poorly    unravel    software    mysterious    corona    structures    weather    initio    prominence    topology    earth    mediated    oscillation    dominant    supercomputers    contexts    spectacular    population    pervade    little    surprisingly    giant    causes    fundamental    missions    form    grand    size    violent    resolve    mysteries    degree    history    gravity    ejection    conclusive    found    million    predict    feet    induce    spontaneously    physicists    confront    parker    gravitationally    condensations    invariably    inner    dense    1946    fine    forthcoming    shapes    ultimate    tornadoes    frequencies    advent    natural    riddles    simulations    ejections    armed    seismologically    cloud    quantify    plasma    itself    revolutionary    feasible    probe    eruptions    radiatively    easily    condense    threads    answers    4th    cool    catastrophic    ab    generation   

Project "PROMINENT" data sheet

The following table provides information about the project.


Organization address
address: OUDE MARKT 13
city: LEUVEN
postcode: 3000

contact info
title: n.a.
name: n.a.
surname: n.a.
function: n.a.
email: n.a.
telephone: n.a.
fax: n.a.

 Coordinator Country Belgium [BE]
 Total cost 2˙331˙250 €
 EC max contribution 2˙331˙250 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2018-ADG
 Funding Scheme ERC-ADG
 Starting year 2019
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2019-09-01   to  2024-08-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN BE (LEUVEN) coordinator 2˙331˙250.00


 Project objective

The most spectacular solar eruptions recorded in history - such as the Grand Daddy Prominence eruption on the 4th of June 1946 - invariably involve the violent ejection of a prominence: a giant, cool and dense plasma cloud that formed spontaneously within the million-degree solar corona. The role of the dominant prominence mass in all magnetically mediated coronal mass ejections is poorly understood, and yet a typical prominence easily outweighs our Earth population in mass (and the Earth itself in size). While they pervade the solar corona in all shapes and sizes, surprisingly little is known on their formation and ultimate disappearance. At the advent of two revolutionary space missions to the inner reaches of our heliosphere (Parker Probe and Solar Orbiter), a dedicated effort on ab initio prominence simulations beyond current resolution limits is needed. This must provide conclusive answers to intriguing riddles: How, where and why does the solar corona spontaneously condense to form these gigantic structures? What is the magnetic field topology throughout the prominence body, and how can it support their weight against solar gravity? What causes the fine structure (so-called threads and barbs) throughout the prominence body, and what is the role of the mysterious solar tornadoes often found at their feet? Can we use their natural oscillation frequencies seismologically? Is it feasible to predict their eruption, and can one quantify their role in space weather contexts? Armed with state-of-the-art, grid-adaptive software to efficiently exploit current and next generation supercomputers, we will resolve these mysteries, confront historic and forthcoming observations, and train a new generation of solar physicists. Along the way, we unravel fundamental processes relevant in many astrophysical contexts: how do radiatively driven, thermal instabilities induce catastrophic, non-gravitationally mediated condensations?

Are you the coordinator (or a participant) of this project? Plaese send me more information about the "PROMINENT" project.

For instance: the website url (it has not provided by EU-opendata yet), the logo, a more detailed description of the project (in plain text as a rtf file or a word file), some pictures (as picture files, not embedded into any word file), twitter account, linkedin page, etc.

Send me an  email ( and I put them in your project's page as son as possible.

Thanks. And then put a link of this page into your project's website.

The information about "PROMINENT" are provided by the European Opendata Portal: CORDIS opendata.

More projects from the same programme (H2020-EU.1.1.)


Evolving communication systems in response to altered sensory environments

Read More  

MAMEMS (2020)

Mount Athos in Medieval Eastern Mediterranean Society: Contextualizing the History of a Monastic Republic (ca. 850-1550)

Read More  

NeuroMag (2019)

The Neurological Basis of the Magnetic Sense

Read More