Faculty Type: 
Former Faculty
Title: 
to Erlangen, 2014
Additional Titles: 
Associate Professor of Particle Physics and Astrophysics, SLAC

Research Interests

Professor Funk's research interests focus on high energy astrophysics with instruments spanning the energy range from keV X-rays to the highest-energy gamma-rays detected from any astrophysical object with Cherenkov telescopes at up to 100 TeV. A strong focus of his research is connected to the upcoming Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST-LAT) mission. Major areas of his research in the field of gamma-ray astronomy include: the study of gamma-ray emission from Galactic Particle accelerators such as Supernova remnants or Pulsar Wind Nebulae; understanding particle acceleration in astrophysical objects and the origin of Cosmic rays; identification strategies for Gamma-ray emitters; and the connection between GeV sources and TeV sources.

Prof. Funk is also involved in the instrumentation, design and planning of future international Gamma-ray instruments, and is an associated member of the High Energy Spectroscopic System (H.E.S.S.) collaboration.

Career History

  • Ph.D., 2005, Max Planck-Institut fuer Kernphysik and Heidelberg Universitaet, Germany
  • M.A., 2002, Humboldt Universitaet, Berlin, Germany.  
  • Postdoctoral fellow, 2005-2006 at the Max Planck-Institut fuer Kernphysik, Heidelberg, Germany
  • Research Associate, 2006-2007, at KIPAC, SLAC
  • Assistant Professor of Physics, Stanford, 2007-2013 (joint appointment)
  • Associate Professor of Particle Physics and Astrophysics, SLAC, 2007-present
  • to Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, 2014