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Jens Boos
photo credit: John Ulan

My name is Jens, and I am a theoretical physicist. Presently I am a postdoctoral researcher at William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA, United States, in the high energy theory group with Prof. Chris Carone, Prof. Josh Erlich and Prof. Marc Sher.

My primary interest lies in black holes: very dense astrophysical objects in our Universe, surrounded by an event horizon, beyond which nothing—not even light—can escape. After their discovery and observation I am interested in using black holes as testing grounds for new fundamental physics yet to be discovered. You can read more about my research in theoretical gravity and high energy physics here.

Besides my research I am interested in scientific outreach, I organize the PhD/early postdoc symposium on non-locality, and together with Dr. Ran Yang I organize the Evening Electronics 101 meetings at William & Mary.


From 2016–2020 I was a Ph.D. student at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, with Valeri P. Frolov and Don N. Page as a Vanier Scholar, working on integrability in black hole physics and, later, on non-locality in gravity and quantum theory. I was awarded the Faculty of Science Dissertation Award by the University of Alberta and the DTP/WITP P.R. Wallace Thesis Prize by the Canadian Association of Physicists, Division of Theoretical Physics, as well as the Winnipeg Institute for Theoretical Physics.

Before, from 2015–2016, I was a PSI graduate student at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and worked on the symplectic structure of gauge theories with Prof. Lee Smolin and Prof. Laurent Freidel.

From 2012–2015, I was a master student in the gravitation & relativity group at the Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Cologne, Germany. I wrote my master's thesis under supervision of Prof. Friedrich W. Hehl and Prof. Claus Kiefer on the quasi-normal modes of the BTZ black hole. You can find my old website here.

Other interests

In my spare time I like to collect Nixie tubes, check out my collection and an invited article I wrote for IEEE Spectrum on the history of the Nixie tube. I also run an electronics blog for beginners in electronics and produce video tutorials for the connected YouTube channel “FriendlyWire.”