Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Hollik


Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Hollik
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Research focus

Phenomenology of high-energy physics, supersymmetry, radiative corrections, electroweak precision observables, development of computerized methods for the automated computation of loop corrections and high-energy processes. <link en research structure-of-matter phenomenology external-link-new-window internen link im aktuellen>Website "Phenomenology"


The research undertaken by theoretical physicist Prof. Wolfgang Hollik places special emphasis on “phenomenological elementary particle physics”. This involves developing predictions from theories as to how the properties of the particles these theories describe can be observed in the accelerator experiments, at the CERN nuclear research center in Geneva, for example. One of these theories with new particles is so-called supersymmetry, which is one of Prof. Hollik’s fields of interest. It states that the building blocks of matter (elementary particles) that make up our world have mirror-image “relatives”, so-called supersymmetric particles. Prof. Hollik and the scientists at the Institute thus work with theoretical models which go beyond our current understanding of the physical world.

Prof. Hollik was born in 1951 in Würzburg/Germany, where he studied physics and gained his doctorate as well. In 1989, he was awarded the German postdoctoral lecturing qualification in theoretical physics at the University of Hamburg, and in 1989 and 1990 he did research at CERN in Geneva. From 1990 to 1993 he worked as a research assistant at the Max Planck Institute for Physics in Munich, before accepting a professorship for theoretical physics at the University of Karlsruhe. In 2002, he returned to the Max Planck Institute for Physics in Munich as Director and headed it as Managing Director from 2006 until 2012.


  • Head of the Institute for Theoretical Physics of the University of Karlsruhe (1993-2002)
  • DESY Physics Research Committee (since 2002)
  • Member of Advisory Board on "High Energy Physics" of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) (1999-2005)
  • Spokesperson of the International Max Planck Research School Elementary Particle Physics (since 2005)


Towards high-precision predictions for the MSSM Higgs Sector.
Eur. Phys. J. C 28, 133 (2003).
Degrassi, G., S. Heinemeyer, P. Slavich, G. Weiglein

Electroweak Physics.
Acta Phys. Polon 35, 2533 (2004).
Hollik, W.

The effective electroweak mixing angle with two-loop fermionic contributions.
Nucl. Phys. B 731, 213 (2005).
Hollik, W., U. Meier, S. Uccirati

Electroweak precision observables in the Minimal Supersymmetric Standard Model.
Physics Reports 425, 265 (2006).
Heinemeyer, S., W. Hollik, G. Weiglein

Higgs-mass dependence of the effective electroweak mixing angle at the two-loop level.
Phys. Lett. B 632, 680 (2006).
Hollik, W., U. Meier, S. Uccirati