Prof. Dr. Stephan Paul


Physics I

Academic Career and Research Areas

Professor Paul's research areas are hadron physics and particle physics with neutrons. At TUM he teaches particle and nuclear physics, optics and quantum physics as well as data analysis, among other things.

Professor Paul (*1957) studied physics at the University of Bonn and received his doctorate from the University of Heidelberg. He did research at the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg and was a research fellow at CERN, where he is still active as a visiting scientist. In addition to CERN, he also works at the Japanese research centre KEK, the MLZ in Garching and the ILL in Grenoble. From 2006 to 2018 he coordinated the Cluster of Excellence "Origin and Structure of the Universe" at the TUM, since 2019 he is the co-coordinator of the Cluster of Excellence ORIGINS.


  • Max Planck Fellow (2019)
  • Federal Cross of Merit (2010)
  • Call to the Chair of Experimental Physics at ETH Zurich and Head of the Institute for Particle Physics at the Swiss research laboratory PSI (rejected) (2008)

Ellis RK, et al.: “Physics briefing book: input for the European strategy for particle physics update 2020”. CERN. 2020.


COMPASS: Alekseev MG et al.: „Observation of a JPC=1-+ Exotic Resonance in Diffractive Dissociation of 190 GeV/c π- → π-π-π+ “. Phys. Rev. Lett. 2010; 104, 241803.


COMPASS: Ageev ES et al.: „A new measurement of the Collins and Sivers asymmetries on a transversely polarised deuteron target“. Nucl. Phys. B. 2007; 765 31-70.


COMPASS, Alexakhin VY et al.: „First measurement of the transverse spin asymmetries of the deuteron in semi-inclusive deep inelastic scattering“. Phys. Rev. Lett. 2005; 94: 202002.


COMPASS, C Adolph al.:, “Observation of a New Narrow Axial-Vector Meson a1(1420)“. Phys. Rev. Lett. 2015; 115 (8), 082001.