Dr. Matthias Rempel is a Senior Scientist in the High Altitude Observatory at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. His research area is solar physics, with special emphasis on theoretical modeling of the solar interior and the solar photosphere.
Dr. Rempel uses computer models to study key features of the Sun, including regions that cannot be directly observed. He led an international team of scientists to create the first-ever comprehensive model of sunspots, the dark patches on the Sun's surface that are associated with the 11-year solar cycle and solar storms. His work can help scientists better understand the Sun's magnetic fields and the transport of energy from the Sun's interior into the solar system.
Dr. Rempel received his diploma in physics in 1998 and his Ph.D. in astrophysics in 2001 from the University of Goettingen, Germany. The research for his Ph.D. thesis was done at the Kiepenheuer Institute for Solar Physics in Freiburg and the Max-Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) in Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany.
Dr. Rempel has been at HAO since 2002. From 2002 to 2004 he received an ASP postdoctoral fellowship and since 2004 he is a staff scientist at HAO.