Prof. Dr. Andrzej J. Buras


Theoretical Physics IV
Professor emeritus since April 1, 2012

Academic Career and Research Areas

Professor Buras (b. 1946) conducts research on applied quantum field theory with the objective of constructing a flavor theory (different types of quarks and leptons). In this connection, he studies various extensions to the standard model of elementary particle physics, with a focus on the flavor-changing decay of mesons and violation of CP symmetry.

After studying physics at Warsaw University, he received a doctorate at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen (1972). After a three-year term at the Niels Bohr Institute, a two-year term as a fellow at CERN in Geneva and a five-year period at Fermilab in Chicago, where he was appointed to a permanent position in 1981, he moved to the Max Planck Institute for Physics (Munich) in 1982. He has been a full professor in the physics department of TUM since 1988. He is one of the most cited elementary particle theoreticians in Europe (SPIRES), with 250 scientific publications and Hirsch indices (2016) of 95 (SPIRES) and 69 (ISI).


  • Max Planck Medal of the German Physical Society (2020)
  • Emeritus of Excellence at the Technical University of Munich (2012)
  • ERC Advanced Grant of the European Research Council (2011-2016)
  • Oridnary Member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities (2010)
  • Smoluchowski-Warburg Medal of the German and Polish Physical Societies (2007)

A. J. Buras. „Gauge Theory of Weak Decays. The Standard Model and the Expedition to New Physics Summits.“ Cambridge Press, 2020


Buras AJ: “Weak Hamiltonian, CP violation and rare decays”. Les Houches, Lectures 1997.


Buchalla G, Buras AJ, Lautenbacher ME: “Weak decays beyond leading logarithms”. Rev. Mod. Phys. 1996; 68: 1125-1144.


Bardeen WA, Buras AJ, Duke D, Muta T: “Deep Inelastic scattering beyond the leading order in asymptotic free gauge theories”. Phys. Rev. 1987; D 18:3998-4017.


Buras AJ, Girrbach J: "Towards the Identification of New Physics through Quark Flavour Violating Processes". Reports on Progress in Physics. 2014; 77(8).