His research interests have included the linear and non-linear theory of hydromagnetic waves; hydromagnetic instabilities due to energetic particle beams, resonance absorption in inhomogeneous plasmas, the acceleration of high speed wind streams in solar and stellar coronal holes, and plasma heating in closed magnetic structures. Dr. Davila has also published research on the acceleration of cosmic rays, the transport of energetic, particles within the Galaxy, the modulation of Galactic cosmic rays by the solar wind and the propagation of solar cosmic rays in the interplanetary medium.
Dr. Davila was Principal Investigator for the Solar Extreme-ultraviolet R Telescope and Spectrograph (SERTS) and has conducted research in the structure of the solar corona
Positions and Appointments
Joseph Michael Davila is currently as Astrophysicist in the Solar Physics Branch at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.
Dr. Davila earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Lamar University, Beaumont, TX in 1972, a BS in Physics from the University of California, Irvine in 1978 and a PhD in Astronomy from the University of Arizona in 1982.
He is a member of the American Astronomical Society, the American Geophysical Union and the International Astronomical Union.
Nakariakov, V. M., Ofman, L., DeLuca, E., Roberts, B., and Davila, J. M., 1999, TRACE Observation of Damped Coronal Loop Oscillations: Implications for Coronal Heating, Science, 285, 862.
Brosius, J. W., Thomas, R. J., and Davila, J. M., 1999, SERTS-95 Measurements of Wavelength Shifts in Coronal Emission Lines Across a Solar Active Region, Ap. J., 526, 494.
Reginald, N. L., and Davila, J. M., 1999, MACS for Global Measurement of the Solar Wind Velocity and the Thermal Electron Temperature During the Total Solar Eclipse on 11 August 1999, Solar Phys., 195, 111.
Davila, J. M., and Ofman, L., 1999, Two-fluid 2.5D MHD Simulations of the Fast Solar Wind in Coronal Holes and the Relation to UVCS Observations, Sp. Sci. Rev., 87, 287.
Falconer, D. A., and Davila, J. M., 2001, Huge Coronal Structure and Heating Constraints, Ap. J., 547, 1109.
Ofman, L. and Davila, J. M., 2001, Three-Fluid 2.5-Dimensional Magnetohydrodynamic Model of the Effective Temperature in Coronal Holes, Ap. J., 553, 935.
St. Cyr, O.C., Mesarch, M.A., Maldonado, H.M., Folta, A.D., Harper, A.D., Davila, J.M., and Fisher, R.R., 2002, Space Weather Diamond: A Four Spacecraft Monitoring System, J. Atmos. and Sol. Terr. Phys., 62, 1251.
Reginald, N. L., St. Cyr, O., and Davila, J. M., 2003, Electron Temperature Measurements in the Low Corona: Results from the 2001 June Eclipse, Ap. J., 599, 596.
Davila, J.M., Poland, A. I., and Harrison, R. A., 2004, International Heliophysical year: a program of global research continuing the tradition of previous international years, Adv. Sp. Res., 34, 2453.
Moran, T. G., and Davila, J. M., 2004, Three-dimensional Polarimetric Imaging of Coronal Mass Ejections, Science, 305, 66.