Prof. Matthew Kunz uses analytical and numerical techniques to investigate magnetic fields and multi-scale plasma dynamics in a wide variety of astrophysical and space systems, including star-forming molecular clouds, protostellar cores, the intracluster medium of galaxy clusters, black-hole accretion flows, protoplanetary disks, and the solar wind. Prof. Kunz obtained his undergraduate degrees, graduating with honors, from the University of Virginia in Astronomy-Physics and Music. He subsequently earned a PhD in Physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, specializing in the non-ideal magnetohydrodynamics of partially ionized astrophysical plasma such as protostellar cores and protoplanetary disks. Following a postdoctoral research position at the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics at the University of Oxford and four years at the Department of Astrophysical Sciences of Princeton University as a NASA Einstein Postdoctoral Fellow and a Lyman Spitzer, Jr. Postdoctoral Fellow, he began his current position as an Assistant Professor of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University and PPPL in 2015.
Assistant Professor of Astrophysical Sciences
Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University