Georgios Pastras

Research Associate

Dr. Georgios Pastras was born in Patras, Greece in 1980. He received his BS in Physics from University of Patras in 2002 and he obtained his PhD in Physics from Harvard University in 2009. He has worked as a post-doctoral scientific collaborator in École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, University of Patras, National Technical University of Athens and he is currently a post-doctoral scientific collaborator at the Institute of Nuclear and Particle Physics in the National Center for Scientific Research “Demokritos” and principal investigator of the research program “HAPPEN”.

He has conducted research on Spontaneous Metastable Supersymmetry Breaking, Little Higgs Models, Black Hole Thermodynamics in Higher Derivative Gravity, Tunneling Solutions in Quantum Field Theory, Entanglement in Quantum Field Theories, Holographic Entanglement Entropy, Pohlmeyer Reduction and Classical String Theory Solutions. Between 2012 and 2014, he had a side-career in Engineering, focusing on Energy Efficiency of Manufacturing Processes, Modelling of Nonconventional Manufacturing Processes and Robotics.

Dr. Georgios Pastras has taught in Harvard University for nine semesters as a teaching fellow. He has received the ”Certicate of Distinction in Teaching” by the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning twice and he has been awarded with the ”Harold T. White Prize for Excellence in the Teaching of Physics” by the Physics Department. Finally, he has received research funding from the Greek State Scholarship Foundation (2017-2019) and the Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation (2019-).

Recent Publications:

Katsinis D., Mitsoulas I., Pastras G., “Stability Analysis of Classical String Solutions and the Dressing Method”, arXiv:1903.01412 [hep-th]

Katsinis D., Mitsoulas I., Pastras G., “Salient Features of Dressed Elliptic Strings on R×S2”, arXiv:1903.01408 [hep-th]

Pastras G., Fysikopoulos A., Chryssolouris G., “A Theoretical Investigation on the Potential Energy Savings by Optimization of the Robotic Motion Profiles”, RCIM, Volume 58, pp 55–68 (2019)

Katsinis D., Mitsoulas I., Pastras G., “Dressed Elliptic String Solutions on R×S2”, Eur.Phys.J. C78 (2018) no.8, 668, arXiv:1806.07730 [hep-th]

Katsinis D., Mitsoulas I., Pastras G., “Elliptic String Solutions on R×S2 and Their Pohlmeyer Reduction”, Eur.Phys.J. C78 (2018) no.11, 977, arXiv:1805.09301 [hep-th]

Katsinis D., Pastras G., “An Inverse Mass Expansion for Entanglement Entropy in Free Massive Scalar Field Theory”, Eur. Phys. J. C78 (2018) no.4, 282, arXiv:1711.02618 [hep-th]

Pastras G., “On the Holographic Entanglement Entropy for Non-smooth Entangling Curves in AdS4”, Fortsch.Phys. 66 (2018) no.3, 1700090, arXiv:1710.01948 [hep-th]

Pastras G., “Revisiting the O(3) Non-linear Sigma Model and Its Pohlmeyer Reduction”, Fortsch.Phys. 66 (2018) no.1, 1700067 , arXiv:1612.03840 [hep-th]

Pastras G., “Static Elliptic Minimal Surfaces in AdS4”, Eur. Phys. J. C77 (2017) no.11, 797, arXiv:1612.03631 [hep-th]