Wilfried Buchmüller

Particle Cosmology and Unified Theories

Wilfried Buchmüller is professor of theoretical particle physics at the University of Hamburg and leading scientist at DESY. He focusses on the interface of particle physics and cosmology. The fundamental laws of nature, as described by the Standard Model of particle physics, exhibit an increasing amount of symmetries, as one probes progressively shorter distances. Pursuing this development beyond the Standard Model, one is led to supersymmetric theories, which unify electromagnetic, weak and strong forces, in four and more space-time dimensions. Physics at the shortest distances is closely related to the evolution of the very early universe, in particular the matter-antimatter asymmetry, dark matter and gravitational waves.

Academic career

Since 1992 Professor at University of Hamburg
Since 1990 Leading Scientist at DESY
1990 Visiting Scientist at the Institute for Theoretical Physics, Santa Barbara, USA
1986-1990 Full Professor (C4) at Leibniz University, Hannover
1984-1986 Junior Staff Member, CERN
1981-1983 Research Associate, Max Planck Institut für Physik, München
1979-1981 Research Associate, Cornell University and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, USA
1977-1979 Research Associate at University of Bonn
1975-1977 Postgraduate Studies and PhD at University of Bonn
1968-1974 Undergraduate Studies (Physics) at Universität Bonn and Imperial College, London


Since  2007 Full member of the Academy of Sciences in Hamburg
2005-2009 Spokesman of the Virtual Institute of  Particle Cosmology (VIPAC) of the Helmholtz Association
Since 2005 Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal for Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
Since 1990 Member of various experts and advisory boards of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, of the German Physical Society DPG, the European Research Centre CERN and other boards abroad