We would like to welcome you to the web pages of the Department of Physics of the University of Crete, located in the suburbs of the city of Heraklion in the island of Crete. Our department was founded in 1978 and is the youngest of similar departments in Greece. We are known internationally for high quality research in all areas of modern physics, as well as for the high level of education and career opportunities offered to our students. Over the years we have developed a broad curriculum of undergraduate physics courses and a competitive graduate program leading to Masters and Ph.D. degrees.

We hope that our web pages will provide a thorough description of our activities. Please feel free to contact us if you need further information.

Proof-of-Concept ERC grant to Prof. P. Rakitzis

The Department of Physics is proud to announce that Dr. Peter Rakitzis, Associate Professor of Atomic and Molecular Physics at the University of Crete, was awarded a Proof-of-Concept ERC grant, titled "Sensing chirality using cavity-enhanced polarimetry: advances in sensitivity and time-resolution (CHIRALSENSE)". The grant of 150,000 Euros will enable Prof. Rakitzis to work towards the commercial development of cavity-based polarimetery ideas arising from work from his ERC Starting grant TRICEPS.

2014 L’ORÉAL-UNESCO 2014 award to Prof. V. Pavlidou

The Department of Physics is proud to announce that Dr. Vassiliki Pavlidou, Assistant Professor of Theoretical Astrophysics at the University of Crete, was awarded one of the three 2014 l'Oreal-UNESCO Women in Science awards. The award, which also includes a 10,000 Euro prize, was established in Greece in 2006 and recognizes scientific excellence among Greek female scientists up to 38 years old, who work in the fields of life sciences and natural sciences.

Open Online Courses in Modern Physics

The Department of Physics is pleased to announce that during the academic year 2013-14 it is offering, for the first time in Greece, three free online courses in modern physics.


Crete Center for Quantum Complexity and Nanotechnology - CCQCN

The Department of Physics of the University of Crete announces the formation of a center for Quantum Complexity and Nanotechnology in Crete (CCQCN). The CCQCN will operate, starting September 2013, through a competitive grant from the European Union with the support of the University of Crete. It is a research entity constituted by theorists and experimentalists that focus on the broad area of Condensed Matter Physics, with particular emphasis ιn topics such as superconductivity, magnetics, graphene, metamaterials, complex systems, biological physics, field theory, nanotechnology and nanofabrication.

More information is available on the web site of the Center.

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