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Mats Löfdahl
Institute for Solar Physics
Stockholm Observatory
AlbaNova University Center, Stockholm

Birth Place, Country:
Stockholm, Sweden

Academic Details:
• MSc in Engineering Physics, Royal institute of technology, Stockholm, Sweden, 1989
• PhD in Observational Astrophysics, Stockholm University, 1996

Career overview:
After earning my PhD I worked as a research scientist at Lockheed-Martin Missiles and Space, about half-time with a group developing optics for future space missions and the other half with LMSAL. I then returned to Stockholm and the Institute for Solar Physics, where I have been working mainly with development of algorithms, characterizing instrumentation, and data pipelines.

Current research/ job focus:
I’m wrapping up a far too long project developing data pipelines for the CRISP and CHROMIS instruments and looking forward to returning to the development of image restoration methods.

Area of expertise:
Wavefront sensing, image restoration, data processing pipelines

I will try a couple of ideas I have had for some time, that, if they work, are improvements of the algorithms for image restoration that we use regularly for data from the SST Such algorithms will be needed also for data from the EST.

What do you like to do when not doing research?
I am a pretty decent table tennis player and an enthusiastic cook.

What motivated you to choose your field of study/ your professional field?
I like problem solving, and working with image data is rewarding in the sense that you get feedback in a form that often makes it very clear when you’ve nailed it.