Prof. Dr. Peter Böni


Neutron Scattering
Professor emeritus since April 1, 2021



Academic Career and Research Areas

Using the scattering of neutrons and photons, Prof. P. Böni (*1955) investigates the static and dynamic properties of magnetic and superconducting materials on an atomic scale in order to understand their macroscopic behavior und to make them useful for technical applications. Key questions of his research include investigations of the fundamental properties of strongly correlated electron systems near phase transitions and of magnetic heterostructures for data storage and spintronics.

After receiving the diploma in physics from ETH Zurich, Prof. P. Böni received a doctor’s degree from ETH in the field of dynamic light scattering in 1983. Prior to his employment as full professor at TUM, he worked as scientist at Brookhaven National Laboratory (until 1988) and at the Paul Scherrer Institute (until 2000), where he occupied the position of the deputy of the Laboratory for Neutron Scattering ETH & PSI. Prof. Böni is founding member of the company SwissNeutronics AG. Since 1999, he has acted as chairman of the board of management and CEO of SwissNeutronics. Prof. Böni is involved in the board of the Transregional Research Centre TRR 80 of the DFG.


  • EPS CMD Europhysics Prize of the Condensed Matter Division of the European Physical Society for outstanding achievements in condensed matter physics (2016)
  • Award for extraordinary work, Paul Scherrer Institute (1997)
  • IBM Prize of the Swiss Physical Society (1992)

Weber T, Waizner J, Tucker GS, Georgii R, Kugler M, Bauer A, Pfleiderer C, Garst M, Böni P: "Field dependence of nonreciprocal magnons in chiral MnSi", Physical Review B. 2018; 97: 224403-(1-8). 


Kreuzpaintner W, Wiedemann B, Stahn J, Moulin JF, Mayr S, Mairoser T, Schmehl A, Herrnberger A, Korelis P, Haese M, Ye J, Pomm M, Böni P, Mannhart J: "In situ Polarized Neutron Reflectometry: Epitaxial Thin-Film Growth of Fe on Cu(001) by dc Magnetron Sputtering", Physical Review Applied. 2017; 7: 054004-(1-7). 


Mühlbauer S, Binz B, Jonietz F, Pfleiderer F, Rosch A, Neubauer A, Georgii R, Böni P: “Skyrmion Lattice in a Chiral Magnet”. Science. 2009; 323: 915-919.


Böni P: “New Concepts for Neutron Instrumentation”, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A. 2008; 586: 1-8.


Birgeneau RJ, Chen CY, Gabbe DR, Jenssen HP, Kastner MA, Peters CJ, Picone PJ, Thio T, Thurston TR, Tuller HL, Axe JD, Böni P, Shirane G: “Soft phonon behaviour and transport in single crystal La2CuO4”. Physical Review Letters. 1987; 59: 1329-1332.