Personal profile


Paul works in the School of Mathematical Sciences at Monash University as a Professor.

Paul's research areas of interest are:

  • magnetohydrodynamics waves and instabilities
  • MHD mode mixing and resonant absorption
  • solar physics
  • solar tachocline
  • helioseismology
  • applications of applied mathematics to solar and astrophysical modelling

Paul is Professor of Solar Physics in the School of Mathematical Sciences at Monash. He obtained his PhD in Applied Mathematics from Monash in 1980, and held postdoctoral positions in the UK before returning to Monash as a lecturer in 1984. He has been an Affiliate Scientist at the High Altitude Observatory of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, USA since 1998. Paul's research mainly concerns waves and instabilities in the solar plasma. He is a foremost expert on magnetohydrodynamics mode conversion and applications to solar activity.


  • Magnetohydrodynamics Waves
  • MHD Mode Mixing
  • Solar Physics
  • Helioseismology

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Projects 2000 2018

Research Output 1997 2018

A study of acoustic halos in active region NOAA 11330 using multi-height SDO observations

Tripathy, S. C., Jain, K., Kholikov, S., Hill, F., Rajaguru, S. P. & Cally, P. S. 15 Jan 2018 In : Advances in Space Research. 61, 2, p. 691-704 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Role of Interaction between Magnetic Rossby Waves and Tachocline Differential Rotation in Producing Solar Seasons

Dikpati, M., McIntosh, S. W., Bothun, G., Cally, P. S., Ghosh, S. S., Gilman, P. A. & Umurhan, O. M. 1 Feb 2018 In : Astrophysical Journal. 853, 2, 19 p., 144

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Alfvén waves in the structured solar corona

Cally, P. S. 2017 In : Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 466, 1, p. 413-424 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Current State of Seismic Emission Associated with Solar Flares

Besliu-Ionescu, D., Donea, A. & Cally, P. 2017 In : Sun and Geosphere. 12, 1, p. 59-67 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle