In the ever-evolving realm of solar physics, a quest to understand the enigmatic solar plages (pronounced /pleɪdʒ/) has led to significant breakthroughs. Among those dedicated to unraveling the mysteries of these bright patches is João da Silva Santos, a scientist at the National Solar Observatory (NSO). His innovative work not only sheds light on the intricate nature of solar plages but also addresses critical data calibration challenges within the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST).
João’s journey in solar physics has been marked by a dedication to understanding our Sun’s most captivating phenomena. Prior to his postdoctoral position at NSO, Joao worked at the Swedish Solar Telescope as a graduate student. Still an early career scientist, his groundbreaking work marks the beginning of a promising career dedicated to unlocking the secrets of our home star, and its dynamic behavior. João’s research centers on solar plages, which are bright patches on the Sun’s surface that correspond to magnetic activity.