apl. Prof. Dr. Carsten Denker

Solar Physics
Section Head
Office: HH/113
Phone: +49 331 7499 297

für Astrophysik Potsdam (AIP)
An der Sternwarte 16
14482 Potsdam

Curriculum Vitae


  • 1985–1996: Georg-August University Göttingen
  • 1991: Diploma in Physics (equivalent to M.S.): Penumbral Fine-Sructures and their Magnetic Field (Prof. Dr. Franz Kneer)
  • 1993: Diploma in Social Sciences (equivalent to M.S.): The Enquete-Commission for `Technology Assessment' of the German Parliament – On the Relation Between Politics, Science and Public Opinion (Prof. Dr. H.-G. Marten)
  • 1996: Dr. rer. nat.: Investigation of Sunspot Fine-Structure by Means of Speckle Interferometry (Prof. Dr. Franz Kneer)


  • 2019–present: Head Research Section Solar Physics – Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam
  • 2010–present: Adjunct Professor – University of Potsdam
  • 2010–2018: Lecturer – Humboldt University Berlin
  • 2008–2016: Lecturer – University of Potsdam
  • 2007–present: Head Solar Obervatory Einstein Tower – Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam
  • 2007–2019: Head Research Group Optical Solar Physics – Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam
  • 2007–2009: Research Professor – New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • 2001–2007: Assistant Professor of Physics – New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • 1999–2001: Assistant Research Professor – Big Bear Solar Observatory/New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • 1997–1999: Postdoctoral Researcher – Big Bear Solar Observatory/New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • 1996–1997: Postdoctoral Researcher – California Institute of Technology
  • 1994–1996: Research Assistant – University Observatory Göttingen
  • 1992: Summer Research Assistant – National Solar Observatory, Sacramento Peak, Sunspot, New Mexico
  • 1989–1994: Teaching Assistant – University Observatory Göttingen


  • Physics of the Photosphere and Chromosphere
  • Dynamics of Active Regions and Sunspots
  • Solar Differential Rotation
  • Flares and Eruptions of Filaments and Prominences
  • Space Weather Predictions and Forecast
  • Image Restoration
  • Two-Dimensional Spectropolarimetry
  • Adaptive Optics
  • Solar Instrumentation

Selected Research Projects

  • Balthasar, H., Schwartz, P., et al. 2014: The Magnetic Vector Field in Solar Filaments. Project-Related Exchange Program with Slovakia, DAAD
  • Collados, M., et al. 2013: SOLARNET – High-Resolution Solar Physics Network. Research Infrastructures for High-Resolution Solar Physics, EU FP7 Grant Agreement No. 312495
  • Denker, C., Sobotka, M., Verma, M., Kuckein, C. 2018: Quiet-Sun Magnetic Fields and Newly Emerging Flux – Dynamics, Energetics, and Upper Atmospheric Response. DFG DE 787/5-1
  • Denker, C., Hamann, W.-R., Richter, P., Roth, M.M., Steinmetz, M., Strassmeier, K.G., Wisotzki, L. 2013: Leibniz Graduate School for Quantitative Spectroscopy in Astrophysics. WGL
  • Denker, C. 2011: Flows and Magnetic Fields in Complex Sunspots and their Role in Producing Solar Flares. DFG DE 787/3-1
  • Denker, C. 2002: Next Generation Solar Instrumentation: High-Resolution Observations of Small-Scale Magnetic Fields. NSF CAREER Award, ATM–0236945
  • Goode, P.R., Denker, C., Wang, H. 2003: 1.6 Meter Solar Telescope in Big Bear – The New Solar Telescope (NST). NSF MRI-0320540
  • Liu, C., Denker, C., Tritschler, A., Deng, N., Reardon, K. 2013: Exploring Small-Scale Jets from Photosphere through Chromosphere to Corona. NASA NNH13ZDA001N-HGI
  • Richter, P., Hamann, W.-R., Wisotzki, L., Denker, C., Liermann, A. 2014: Quantitative Spectroscopy in Astrophysics. Graduate School Scholarship Program (GSSP), DAAD
  • Wang, H., Xu, Y., Qiu, J., Denker, C. 2011: Study of Flare Footpoint Emissions Using Advanced Observing Tools. NASA NNH11ZDA001N-LWSTRT
  • Wang, H., Deng. N., Liu, C., Denker, C. 2010: High-Spatial and High Spectral Resolution Study of Small-Scale Jets. NASA 10-LWSTRT10-0024
  • Wang, H., Denker, C., Gerbessiotis, A., Keller, C.U., Shih, F. 2003: Innovative Information Technology for Space Weather Research. NSF ITR-0324816


Publications at NASA ADS: ADS library
Publications at ArXiv: ArXiv link

Latest refereed publications, retrieved from NASA ADS:

Pietrow, A. G. M., ... Alvarado-Gómez, J. D., Hofmeister, S. J., Verma, M., Kamlah, R., Baratella, M., Amazo-Gómez, E. M., Kontogiannis, I., Dineva, E., Warmuth, A., Denker, C., Poppenhaeger, K., ..., 2024
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 682, A46; published February 2024
Reid, H. A. S., ... Denker, C., ..., 2023
Aerospace, 10, 12, 1034; published December 2023
Participating AIP sections and groups: Solar Physics
Ryan, D. F., ... Denker, C., ... Warmuth, A., Verma, M., ... Vocks, C., ..., 2023
Aerospace, 10, 12, 985; published November 2023
Participating AIP sections and groups: Solar Physics
Kamlah, R., Verma, M., Denker, C., Wang, H., 2023
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 675, A182; published July 2023
Participating AIP sections and groups: Solar Physics
Denker, C., Verma, M., Wiśniewska, A., Kamlah, R., Kontogiannis, I., Dineva, E., Rendtel, J., Bauer, S.-M., Dionies, M., Önel, H., Woche, M., ... Pal, P. S., 2023
Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems, 9, 015001; published January 2023
Quintero Noda, C., ... Balthasar, H., ... Denker, C., ... Dineva, E., ... Hofmeister, S., ... Kamlah, R., ... Kontogiannis, I., ... Strassmeier, K. G., ... Verma, M., ... Wisniewska, A., ..., 2022
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 666, A21; published October 2022
Participating AIP sections and groups: Solar Physics
Dineva, E., ... Ilyin, I., Verma, M., Diercke, A., Strassmeier, K. G., Denker, C., 2022
Astronomische Nachrichten, 343, 5, e23996; published June 2022
Participating AIP sections and groups: Solar Physics, High-resolution Spectroscopy and Polarimetry
Diercke, A., Kuckein, C., ... Poppenhäger, K., Alvarado-Gómez, J. D., Dineva, E., Denker, C., 2022
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 661, A107; published May 2022
Participating AIP sections and groups: Solar Physics, Stellar Physics and Exoplanets
Kuckein, C., Balthasar, H., ... Diercke, A., ... Denker, C., Verma, M., Kontogiannis, I., ..., 2021
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 653, A165; published September 2021
Participating AIP sections and groups: Solar Physics