About me

As a postdoctoral researcher at Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) in Göttingen, Germany, I am a member of the Planetary Interiors Group of the Planetary Science Department. I am currently mainly contributing to a project on modelling deep exoplanetary atmospheres in the collaborative research project SPP 1992 of DFG. Before that, I worked in the Solar and Stellar Interiors Department at MPS and I completed my Ph.D. at Leibniz Institute for Solar Physics (KIS) and the University of Freiburg, Germany.

As an astrophysicist, I am interested in turbulent flows in the interior of the Sun and of solar system planets as well as on hot Jupiter atmospheres. My main goal is to understand how large-scale flows and magnetic fields emerge on these objects. Why do the giant planets Jupiter and Saturn have jets? Why does the Sun rotate differentially? How can this knowledge be transferred to exoplanets, where we are only starting to understand the physics at play? Thereby, my aim is to contribute to an understanding of astrophysical and geophysical flows including their turbulent nature and their impact on magnetic phenomena like solar activity and planetary dynamos. In my research, I combine theory, simulations, and observations based on my dual training in astrophysics and applied mathematics.


Research interests: Statistics of turbulent flows, especially solar and planetary interior convection and magnetic fields; emergence of large-scale flows like differential rotation, planetary jets, meridional flow, large-scale features like solar supergranulation and Saturn’s polar hexagon, large-scale flows on hot Jupiter atmospheres; planetary and stellar dynamos; seismology of the Sun and planets; non-linear interactions; solar g-modes.

Methods: Analytical modelling, data analysis, perturbation theory, numerical fluid dynamics, inverse methods, stochastic processes, time series analysis.

Image credits: NASA SDO and JUNO missions (images of the Sun and of Jupiter), Böning et al. 2020 (LCT data), and graphics by V. Böning (other pictures)


Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS)
Dr. Vincent Böning
Justus-von-Liebig-Weg 3
37077 Göttingen
Tel.: +49 551 384 979 472
boening [“at”]mps[“dot”]mpg[“dot”]de
My homepage at MPS: https://www.mps.mpg.de/mitarbeiter/59381


All publications on orcid (https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6337-098X) or on ADS.

Refereed Publications

Böning, V. G. A., Wulff, P., Dietrich, W., Wicht, J., Christensen, U. R. (2023). Direct driving of simulated planetary jets by upscale energy transfer. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 670, A15. [doi,arXiv]

Böning, V. G. A., Birch, A. C., Gizon, L., Duvall, T. L. Jr. (2021). Helioseismological determination of the subsurface spatial spectrum of solar convection: Demonstration using numerical simulations. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 649, A59. [doi, arXiv]

Böning, V. G. A., Birch, A. C., Gizon, L., Duvall, T. L. Jr, Schou, J (2020). Characterizing the spatial pattern of solar supergranulation using the bispectrum. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 635, A181. [doi, arXiv]

Böning, V. G. A., Hu, H., & Gizon, L. (2019). Signature of solar g modes in first-order p-mode frequency shifts. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 629, A26. [doi, arXiv]

Böning, V. G. A., Roth, M., Jackiewicz, J., & Kholikov, S. (2017). Inversions for Deep Solar Meridional Flow using Spherical Born Kernels. The Astrophysical Journal, 845, 2. [doi, arXiv]

Böning, V. G. A., Roth, M., Jackiewicz, J., & Kholikov, S. (2017). Validation of Spherical Born Approximation Sensitivity Functions for Measuring Deep Solar Meridional Flow. The Astrophysical Journal, 838, 53. [doi, arXiv]

Böning, V. G. A., Roth, M., Zima, W., Birch, A. C., & Gizon, L. (2016). Sensitivity Kernels for Flows in Time-Distance Helioseismology: Extension to Spherical Geometry. The Astrophysical Journal, 824, 49. [doi, arXiv]

Further Publications

Böning, V. G. A. (2018). Ambiguity of the Solar Meridional Flow. Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union, 13 (S340), 13-14. [doi]

Böning, V. G. A. (2017). Inferences of the Deep Solar Meridional Flow. PhD. thesis, University of Freiburg. [doi]