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Prof. Dr. Thomas Boller

Prof. Dr. Thomas Boller is working at the Max-Planck Institut für extraterrestrische Physik in Garching since 1990. His main research interests include Active galactic Nuclei. During his work at MPE he has worked out the importance of Narrow-Line Seyfert 1 Galaxies for the study of active galaxies resulting in an improve understanding of several problems raised by the Seyfert phenomenon. He is lecturing all courses on Astrophysics at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt am Main since 1996 for students of Physics and Astronomy. Since 2004 he is also a Professor for Astrophysics at the University of Padova. Thomas Boller is a member of the international Sloan-Collaboration, the XMM Survey Science Consortium and the XEUS Astrophysical working groups. He has organized several international workshop on all aspects of AGN research activities.
Prof. Thomas Boller has been awarded with the Michael and Biserka Baum Preis for his outstanding research on ActiveGalactic Nuclei at MPE and his excellent teaching at the Goeth University Frankfurt. Prof. Boller has accepted a call as a full member of the Academia Europaea, Section Physics and Engineering in 2011.

Research interests:

  • XMM-Newton and Chandra observations on active Galactic Nucley
  • AGN accretion disc physics
  • The nature of the giant and rapid X-ray variability inNarrow-Line Seyfert 1 Galaxies
  • Testing the strong and weak field limit in AGN with X-rays
  • Relativistic Fe K and Fe L line studie
  • Quasar SED's and related alpha_ox science
  • Pseudo-complex theory of black holes
  • Comptonization processes and accretion states in active Galactic Nuclei


Contact Address:

Dr. Thomas Boller
Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik
P.O. Box 1312
D-85741 Garching, Germany

E-Mail: bol @