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Atominstitut Office at Freihaus

Ms. Sonja Schuh
TU Wien, Freihaus, Turm B, 6.OG
Wiedner Hauptstraße 8-10
1040 Wien, Austria
Tel.: +43 1 58801 142101
Fax: +43 1 58801 14299

Opening Hours for Students:
Monday to Friday 9:30-11:30 and 12:30-15:30


Deanery at Freihaus

Faculty of Physics

TU Wien, Freihaus, Turm B, 5. OG
Wiedner Hauptstraße 8-10
1040 Wien, Austria

Decan: Ao.Univ.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. Helmut Leeb
Responsibility: diploma/doctoral examination, approval for doctoral studies, implementation of curriculum, all matters for master studies of material sciences

Vice Decan: Privatdoz. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. Herbert Balasin
Responsibility: recognition and change of courses, approval for master studies, grants

Nuclear and particle astrophysics

Nuclear and particle astrophysics is an interdisciplinary science connecting the microcosmos (particles, nuclei and atoms) with the macrocosmos (stars, galaxies and the universe). In nuclear astrophysics nuclear processes on one hand produce the energies of stars, on the other side most chemical elements have been created in stars. In particle astrophysics the processes of the big bang are intimately connected with particle physics. 

Coordinator of working group

Heinz Oberhummer
Atominstitut of the Austrian Universities

TU Wien
Wiedner Haupstr.
A-1040 Wien
Tel.: 0043/1/58801/14251
Fax: 0043/1/58801/14299
Mobile: 0043/676/4123409

Curriculum Vitae

Date of Birth: May, 19th, 1941
Place of Birth: Bischofshofen, Austria
Family status: Married, 2 children
Citizenship: Austria
Present position: Univ. Prof. emeritus, co-ordinator of the working group in astrophysics
More than 165 scientific publications including 106 in peer-reviewed journals, more than 350 scientific talks multimedia presentations and posters, 4 books, many popular-science articles, supervision of 64 diploma works and 18 doctoral thesis, supervision of 25 research-projects.


Curriculum Vitae Oberhummer:

pdf-file (61KB)


pdf-file (153KB)


Main research areas

  • Nucleosynthesis (Production of the elements in the big bang and in stars)
  • Development of a web-based learning and information systems

Publications on fine-tuning of the universe

H. Oberhummer (TU Vienna), A. Csoto (Eotvos University, Budapest), Helmut Schlattl (Max-Planck Institute for Astrophysics, Garching)
Fine tuning the basic forces of nature through the existence of carbon-based life
Science 89(2000)88

Press release and press conference


H. Oberhummer, The origin of the chemical elements, Chapter written for Handbook of Nuclear Chemistry - Vol. 2, Kluwer Academic Publishers 2003, p. 1-48

pdf-file (820KB)

Some publicatons and presentations in popular science

H. Oberhummer and J. Deutsch: Public Awareness of Nuclear Science: Why and How? Nuclear Physics International 14(2004)38

pdf-file (97KB)

H. Oberhummer: A tailor-made Universe Proceedings of the II.~International Radiation Education Symposium, Debrecen, Hungary, 2002, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Universidad Simon Bolivar, 2003, S. 137

pdf-file (131KB)

H. Oberhummer: Life in the Universe, Alpbach Summer School 2004: The Birth, Life and Death of Stars

Powerpoint-file (962KB)



Cinema and Science (CISCI) (EU-project): CISCI contains scenes from blockbusters and video clips from documentaries with scientific explanations and descriptions


Cosmological Fine-Tuning: The fine-tuning of the universe for life


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