Prof. Dr. Masahiro Teshima


Prof. Dr. Masahiro Teshima

+49 89 32354-301

Research focus

Investigation of high-energy cosmic radiation, gamma-ray astronomy, search for the dark matter of the universe.

Website MAGIC and CTA

Website CRESST


The Japanese physicist Prof. Dr. Masahiro Teshima primarily investigates high-energy processes in the universe that take place in stellar explosions or in the vicinity of black holes, for example. His research field, astroparticle physics, combines the physics of the innermost constituent parts of matter with the investigation of how the universe formed. One of Prof. Dr. Teshima’s main collaborative projects is the observation of gamma radiation flashes with the aid of the MAGIC Cherenkov telescope. He and his research groups also make important contributions to the development of the successor project CTA. In addition, he is responsible for the CRESST (Cryogenic Rare Event Search with Superconducting Thermometers) experiment in the Gran Sasso Massif in Italy.

Prof. Dr. Teshima was born in 1958 in Tottori/Japan, studied at Kyoto University and was awarded his doctorate there in 1986. In 1989, he became an associate professor at Tokyo University, where he remained until 2002. From 1992 to 1998 he was also a visiting researcher at the University of Utah in the USA, and from 1998 to 2002 director of the Akeno Observatory, ICRR, at Tokyo University. Since 2003, he has been Director at the Max Planck Institute for Physics.

Scientific awards & memberships

  • Shakti P. Duggal Award (1993)
  • Member of the Japanese Physical Sociey

Publications (selection)

Physics and astrophysics with a ground-based gamma-ray telescope of low energy threshold
Astropart. Phys. 23, 493-509 (2005)
Alberti , J. et al.

Tests of a prototype multiplexed fiber-optic ultra-fast FADC data acquisition system for the MAGIC telescope
Nucl. Inst. Meth. A548, 464-486 (2005)
Bartko, H., F. Goebel, R. Mirzoyan, W. Pimpl, M. Teshima

Signatures of ultra-high energy cosmic ray composition from propagation of nuclei in intergalactic photon fields
Astropart. Phys. 20, 405-412 (2004)
Yamamoto, T., K. Mase, N. Sakaki, M. Takeda, M.Teshima

Energy determination in the AKENO GIANT AIR SHOWER ARRAY experiment
Astropart. Phys.19, 447-462 (2003)
AGASA Collab. (M. Takeda et al.)

The highest ernergy cosmic rays
Prog. Theor. Phys. Suppl. 143, 114-124 ( 2001)
Teshima, M.