Daniel MüllerSolar 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.
- Helioinformatics (development of advanced techniques for data assimilation, visualisation, and browsing)
- Solar spectropolarimetry (radiative transfer calculations and data analysis)
- Models of coronal loops
- 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
Project/mission at ESA
- 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
- 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 Academic Scholarship 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