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Werner Däppen

Professor of Physics and Astronomy

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-1316
Office: SHS 370

Curriculum Vitae
Personal Website


Ph.D. , Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, 1978

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

Professor Dappen is a theorist who aims at using the sun as a plasma physics laboratory. To pursue this goal, he participates in state-of-the art solar modeling and analysis of helioseismic data. Helioseismology is the first accurate experiment that puts strong constraints on the thermodynamic quantities of the plasma of stellar interiors. Dappen's own contribution to the field (the Mihalas-Hummer-Dappen equation of state) is currently being used by several international solar and stellar modeling groups.

Research Keywords

Solar and stellar structure, evolution and chemical composition; solar and stellar oscillations; helioseismic diagnosis of the equation of state; theory of reacting hot dense Coulomb plasmas; molecular-dynamics simulations of stellar fusion.

Honors and Awards

USC Associates Award For Excellence In Teaching, USC's Highest Teaching Award, 2003-2004   

Service to the University

Administrative Appointments

Chair, 08/16/2009-08/15/2012  
Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy, 08/16/2006-08/15/2009  
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