Daniel Müller

Solar Physicist

 

Main Research Fields

I am the Project Scientist for the Solar Orbiter mission, a joint ESA-NASA space mission to study the Sun up close. Solar Orbiter is the first mission of ESA's Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 Programme. Scheduled for launch in February 2020, it will provide close-up, high-latitude observations of the Sun to study how the Sun creates and controls the Heliosphere, the huge plasma bubble in space that surrounds our solar system. I also serve as the Deputy Project Scientist for The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO).

In addition, I have a strong interest in high-performance scientific data visualization. In particular, I am coordinating the development of the open-source  JHelioviewer software and am the ESA Project Lead of the ESA/NASA Helioviewer Project.


Keywords

  • Helioinformatics (development of advanced techniques for data assimilation, visualisation, and browsing)
  • Solar spectropolarimetry (radiative transfer calculations and data analysis)
  • Models of coronal loops

Ongoing collaborations

  • Goddard Space Flight Center (Greenbelt, MD, USA)
  • Kiepenheuer Institute for Solar Physics (Freiburg, Germany)
  • Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics, University of Oslo (Norway)
  • High Altitude Observatory (Boulder, CO, USA)
  • Universidad de Almería (Spain)
  • ESTEC-ESAC Heliophysics Group, European Space Agency

Publications

Publications on ADS

Project/mission at ESA

Solar Orbiter, SOHO

Professional Experience

  • Since 2012: Solar Orbiter Project Scientist, European Space Agency, ESTEC, The Netherlands
  • 2005-2010: SOHO Deputy Project Scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, USA
  • Since 2005: Staff Scientist, European Space Agency
  • 2004-2005: Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics, University of Oslo, Norway
  • 2001-2003: Research Scientist, Kiepenheuer Institute for Solar Physics, Freiburg, Germany
  • 1999-2001: Research Assistant, Kiepenheuer Institute for Solar Physics, Freiburg, Germany

Education

  • 2004: Ph.D. in Physics, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany (summa cum laude)
  • 2001: Diploma (M.S.) in Physics, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany
  • 1998-1999: Graduate Studies in Physics, University of Texas at Austin, USA

Awards & Grants

  • 2004-2005: Marie Curie Fellow, European Research Training Network "Turbulence in Space Plasmas"
  • 2004-2005: Fellow, Norwegian Center of Excellence "Center of Mathematics for Applications"
  • 2002-2004: Ph.D. Scholarship, Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (German National Academic Foundation)
  • 1998-1999: University Honor List, University of Texas at Austin, USA
  • 1998-1999: Graduate Scholarship, University of Texas at Austin, USA
  • 1996-2001: Scholarship, Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes