Hans-Arwed Weidenmüller is a German theoretical physicist, who works primarily in the field of nuclear physics.

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Education

Weidenmüller studied in Bonn and from 1956 to 1957 in Heidelberg under J. Hans Doctorate. Jensen, who was his doctoral thesis advisor for his thesis on stripping reactions (Zeitschrift für Physik Bd150, 1958, 389), in which the nuclei used as projectiles lose nucleons to the nuclei used as targets.

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Career

He was from 1963 professor for theoretical physics at the University of Heidelberg. From 1968 he worked at the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics and was director there from 1972 until his 2001 retirement. Weidenmüller is known above all for his work in the theory of nuclear reactions.

He examined nuclear reactions in the shell model under inclusion of continuum states and developed a microscopic statistical theory of nuclear reactions.

This statistical theory (now known as transport theory) had applications to the interpretation of the particle accelerator experiments with heavy ions as well as on highly excited compound nuclei. He also examined chaotic dynamism in atomic nuclei and nuclear reactions (as well as Bose–Einstein condensates) with the help of the method of random matrices.

## Membership

German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. Heidelberg Academy for Sciences and Humanities.