Matthew Kunz

Assistant Professor of Astrophysical Sciences
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Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University

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.