Institute of Nuclear and Particle Physics
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Fanourakis George

Director of Research

Phone: +30 210 650 3525, +30 697 769 9621


Research Interests

  • Experimental Particle and Astroparticle Physics (High Energy Physics)
  • Novel educational methodologies

Short Vitae

George K. Fanourakis obtained his PhD  in 1980, in the field of Particle Physics, from the University of Athens, Greece, after completing his thesis work, on Antineutrino Interactions on Protons, at the Nuclear Research Center (now National Center for Science Research) "Demokritos", in Athens area, Greece and at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, USA.

His work experience includes:

  • Specialist in Physics (1978-1980) and Research Associate (1980-1983) at the University of Wisconsin, at Madison, USA,
  • Research Associate (1983-1985) and Senior Research Associate (1985-1993) at the University of Rochester, New York, USA,
  • Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Crete, Greece (1993-1996),
  • Principal Researcher (1996-2003) and Director of Research (2003-present) at the Institute of Nuclear and Particle Physics (INPP), National Center for Science Research "Demokritos", Greece.

He has wide experience in the development and operation of Particle detectors, of Data Acquisition and Monitoring techniques and on Data Analysis.

He is now involved in the following projects:

  • Search for solar axions (since 2000), as a member of the CAST experiment at CERN,
  • Micromegas detector development for SLHC (RD51 collaboration) and Nuclear Physics applications (FIDIAS)
  • In 2008 he joined the EDM collaboration planning to measure the Electric Dipole Moment of protons and deuterons at Brookhaven USA.  

He has coauthored more than 270 papers in refereed scientific journals and many more in conference proceedings.

His activities and interests in education include:

  • The coordination of the graduate program of INP (2003-2010).
  • Courses taught in the joint Graduate Program in Physics of Demokritos with the National Technical University of Athens:  Statistical Analysis (1998-2005), Classical Electrodynamics II (2004-2008).
  • Courses taught at the University of Crete: Electronics lab (1993-1995), Introduction to Computers (1996).
  • Teaching General Physics and Mathematics courses at the Hellenic Open University (since 2001), and
  • The development of novel educational methods (since 1997).
  • Outreach projects for Students, Teachers and the General Public (since 1997).