Curriculum Vitae
Prof. Dr. Johann Rafelski

Department of Physics
The University of Arizona

PAS Bldg 81, Room 386D
1118 E. 4th Street
TUCSON, AZ 85721-0081
Contact: E-mail: Rafelski at Gmail.COM
same as: Rafelski at Physics.Arizona.Edu
Tel.: +1 520-777 9519
Cell.: +1 520-990 4213


EU and USA citizen, born May 19, 1950 in Krakow, Poland, schooled in Poland and Germany
married with Victoria A Grossack, an author and actuary
children: Susanne M. Rafelski, Ph.D. , at Allen Institute for Cell Science and UC-Irvine;
and Marc A. Rafelski, Ph.D. at Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)
Languages: English, French, German, and Polish, Hobbies: skiing, history of science


  1. Vacuum structure of QED; and QCD: quark deconfinement and quark-gluon plasma;
  2. Hadronization (creation of matter from energy) in laboratory and the early Universe;
  3. Neutrinos in the Universe and Cosmological Evolution;
  4. Strong Field and critical acceleration;
  5. Physics with ultra-intense light pulses; relativistic plasma; aneutronic fusion

Abitur: 1968 Goethe Gymnasium, Frankfurt/Main highest honors and Prize Award
Study: 1968--71 J.W. Goethe University, Frankfurt `Studienstiftung' Fellowship
Degrees: 1970 Vordiplom
1971 Diplom Physiker
1973 Dr. Phil. Nat., Theoretical Physics


CURRENT Professor, Department of Physics (tenured)
Member, Program in Applied Mathematics
Affiliate Faculty, Theoretical Astrophysics
Professor, Arizona Research Laboratory (tenured)
at The University of Arizona
at The University of Arizona
at The University of Arizona
at The University of Arizona


1971-73 Assistent, Institut für Theoretische Physik J.W. Goethe Universität, Frankfurt
1971-93 Guest Scientist NBS/NIST, Washington, DC
1973-74 Postdoctoral Fellow University of Pennsylvania
1974-80 Postdoctoral Fellow
from 1975 Junior Staff
from 1977 on leave
Physics Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Chicago
1977-79 Fellow CERN, Geneva
1979-83 C3-Professor für Theoretische Physik J.W. Goethe Universität Frankfurt
1983-87 Chair of Theoretical Physics
University of Cape Town
September 1987 Appointment as full professor with tenure
The University of Arizona

1979-17 Guest Scientist CERN, Geneva: including sabbatical leaves 1982/83, 1986/87, 2000/01, 2004/5
1979-91 Scientific Advisor and Guest Scientist GSI-Darmstadt, Germany
1983-87 Scientific Advisor US-MUCF research program BYU/LAMPF The Los Alamos Meson Physics Facility
1992 Guest Scientist MPI Max Planck Institut für Physik Werner-Heisenberg Institute, Munich
1993-06 Guest Professor Universit'e Paris 7, LPTHE (sabbatical leave 1993/94, 2004/5)
2008-09 DFG Excellence Professor Munich Center for Advanced Photonics, LMU
2010-16 Guest Professor LULI, Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France
2013-16 Fundamental Science Advisor ELI-Beamlines European Extreme Light Infrastructure in Dolni Brezany - Prague