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NuSTRAP group (Nuclear Structure, Reactions and Applications)

Group Members

  • Theo J. Mertzimekis, Associate Professor
  • Varvara Lagaki, Post-Doc
  • Ioannis Madesis, Post-Doc
  • Ana Dura, PhD Candidate
  • Katerina Zyriliou, PhD Candidate
  • Timos Vasileiou, PhD student
  • Georgios Siltzovalis, PhD student
  • More than 10 undergraduate students

Short Description

The group focus on experimental investigations of nuclear structure and reactions using state-of-the art international facilities. There is special attention to exotic shapes and sizes of nuclear isotopes near the extremes of the nuclear chart.

In addition, the group is active in collaborations with scientists across various disciplines to study environmental applications of nuclear technology and radioactivity. Recently, a highly innovative R&D project (RAMONES) has been funded by EU H2020 to develop new instruments aboard autonomous robotic vehicles and carry out detailed radioactivity measurements in ocean ecosystems.

Distinctions and awards

  • Academy of Athens Award in "Experimental Physics" (TJM)
  • Best poster (GSG 2018, AD)
  • HFRI scholarships (AD and KZ)

Selected Publications

  • A. Khaliel et al., Experimental study of the 2n-transfer reaction 138Ba(18O,16O)140Ba in the projectile energy range 61–67  MeV, EPL 128 62001 (2019)
  • A. Khaliel et al., First cross-section measurements of the reactions 107,109Ag(p,γ)108,110Cd at energies relevant to the p process, Phys. Rev. C 96, 035806 (2017), doi: 10.1103/PhysRevC.96.035806
  • E. Bakalis et al., Breathing modes of Kolumbo submarine volcano (Santorini, Greece), Nature Sci. Rep. 7, 46515 (2017), doi: 10.1038/srep46515
  • T.J. Mertzimekis, Prediction and evaluation of magnetic moments in T=1/2, 3/2 and 5/2 mirror nuclei, Phys. Rev. C 94, 064313 (2016), doi: 10.1103/PhysRevC.94.064313
  • T.J. Mertzimekis et al., An online database of nuclear electromagnetic moments, Nucl. Instrum. Meth. Phys. Res. A 807, 56 (2016), doi: 10.1016/j.nima.2015.10.096

Research Collaborations


Research Grants

  • RAMONES (2021-2024) (Spokeperson, T.J. Mertzimekis, NKUA)
  • SANTORY (2021-2023) (Spokeperson, P. Nomikou, NKUA)
  • APAPES (2010-2015) (Spokeperson, TJM Zouros, U. Crete)
  • LIBRA (2009-2013) (Spokeperson, S. Harissopulos, NCSR Demokritos)

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