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News of the Department

Congratulations to Konstantinos Tassis, Assistant Professor of our Department, who was awarded a highly competitive European Research Council (ERC) "Consolidator Grant", and the associated funding of 1.9 million Euros, towards the inovative PASIPHAE experiment. This success is a clear indication of the research excelence performed by the faculty of the Department of Physics and the University of Crete in general. 

The PASIPHAE experiment aims to measure, with the highest precision ever achieved, the polarization of millions of stars in our Milky Way. For this purpose, under the coordination of Dr. Tassis, an international consortium has been set up, which includes, in addition to the Astrophysics Group of Crete, scientsts from Caltech in the USA, the South African Astronomical Observatory in South Africa, the Inter-University Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics in India, and the University of Oslo in Norway. The observations will take place at Skinakas Observatory in Crete as well as at Sutherland, South Africa, using the most accurate astronomical polarimeters in the world, which are under construction especially for this experiment. These pioneering measurements will allow Dr. Tassis and his collaborators to determine the three-dimensional structure of the magnetic field of our Milky Way. It will also be possible to identify the most appropriate areas of the sky where, in the primordial light of the Big Bang, the first moments of creation of the Universe can be sought.

The construction of the polarimeters  was funded by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the Infosys Foundation in India, South Africa's National Equipment Program and the National Science Foundation of the USA. Funding by the European Research Council will allow the data to be obtained and scientifically analyzed. The program will include undergraduate, as well as Masters and PhD students from the University of Crete, who will have the opportunity to participate in cutting edge forefront research in Cosmology.

1 December 2017

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