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PPPL astrophysicist Matthew Kunz named a 2017 Sloan Research Fellow

Matthew Kunz, a physicist at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and an assistant professor of astrophysical sciences at Princeton University, has been named a 2017 Sloan Research Fellow. The two-year, $60,000 fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation recognizes early career scientists of outstanding promise who have been nominated by their colleagues. Kunz, who studies the detailed plasma physics of space and astrophysical systems, was among 126 researchers, including six Princeton University faculty members, to receive a 2017 Sloan fellowship.   

“I’m extremely grateful for having been chosen as a Sloan Fellow and for the flexibility that such an award provides to my research group,” Kunz said. 

Among his recent research, Kunz and colleagues developed a new method for modeling the accretion disk that feeds the ever-hungry, supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy.  Such a model provides a foundation for simulating the astrophysical processes involved. Accretion disks are clouds of plasma that orbit and gradually get ingested by massive bodies such as black holes.

PPPL, on Princeton University's Forrestal Campus in Plainsboro, N.J., is devoted to creating new knowledge about the physics of plasmas — ultra-hot, charged gases — and to developing practical solutions for the creation of fusion energy. The Laboratory is managed by the University for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, which is the largest single supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, please visit science.energy.gov.

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