Werner Däppen

Professor of Physics and Astronomy

Contact Information
E-mail: dappen@usc.edu
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  

  • Department of Physics and Astronomy
  • University of Southern California
  • 825 Bloom Walk
  • ACB 439
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0484