Leibniz-Institut für Sonnenphysik, Schöneckstr. 6, D-79104 Freiburg, Germany
Birth Place, Country: Deggendorf, Bavaria, Germany
• Exchange graduate student 1990/91 at University of Colorado in Boulder. Independent studies with Prof. Hansen.
• Diploma in Physics in 1994 from University of Freiburg, Germany; Thesis: “The phase of the radial mean field in the solar dynamo” (supervisor: Prof. Stix, Kiepenheuer-Institut für Sonnenphysik).
• PhD in 1997 in Physics from Ludwig-Maximilian-University in Munich, Germany; Thesis: “Magnetic flux tubes evolving in sunspots. A model for the Evershed effect and the penumbral fine structure” (supervisors: Prof. Haerendel, Max-Planck-Institut for extraterrestrical Physics and Dr. H.U. Schmidt, Max-Planck-Institute for Astrophysics)
Since 1997 Scientist at Leibniz-Institute for Solar Physics (KIS) in Freiburg
Current research/ job focus:
Structure and evolution of sunspots
Area of expertise:
Area of interests:
Solar physics, solar dynamo, flux emergence, magnetic coupling throughout the solar atmosphere
Role in SOLARNET/PRE-EST:
• SOLARNET coordinator
• Chair of EST Science Advisory Group (PRE-EST WP 5)
Life outside Science:
• Playing music with french horn, guitar and harp
• Running and biking in the forest, and cross-country skiing in winter
• Drinking beer in Biergarten
What motivated you to choose your field of study/ your professional field?
I was and am fascinated by the challenge to understand nature, physics, and the universe.