Dr. Michael Tatarakis

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Michael Tatarakis is a Professor at the Department of Electronic Engineering of the School of Engineering at the Hellenic Mediterranean University with specialization in high power laser matter interactions and applications. He is the founder and the Director of the Centre for Plasma Physics & Lasers (CPPL), a statutory research Laboratory of the T.E.I. of Crete (FEK Vol. Β΄, 2461, 16/11/2015). 

He received his PhD in 1997 from the Physics Department of Imperial College London and since then he has occupied several research positions at Imperial College, at the Technical University of Crete and at the T.E.I. of Crete. In 2004, he was elected as Associate Professor at the Department of Electronic Engineering of T.E.I. of Crete and he became Director of the Laboratory of Optoelectronics, Lasers and Plasma Technology. He also holds an honorary visiting academic position at the Department of Physics of Imperial College London. Since December 2010 he is the national representative of Greece in ESFRI/Energy Strategic Working Group.

His research interests cover a wide range of basic and applied physics and applications. Basic physics: laser- matter interactions, study of the plasma dynamics produced by the interaction of high power laser pulses with matter, acceleration of ion and electron beams generated by high intensity laser matter interactions, study of the ultra-high magnetic field generation by laser matter interactions and its influence on ions and electrons acceleration, study of the propagation of relativistic particle beams (electrons, ions, neutrons) in hot and dense plasmas, study of secondary plasma radiation sources produced by lasers and by pulsed power plasma devices (Z-pinch, X-pinch, Plasma Focus). Applied Physics: Acceleration of particles to ultra-high speeds using EM laser pulses, Plasma Imaging, Imaging and study of microstructures and nanostructures in materials using lasers, magnetic applications of plasmas and materials, study of the thermo-elastic nano-acoustic material properties. Technological applications: Detection of materials (e.g., explosives and drugs) using nuclear spectroscopy of neutrons produced by pulsed power plasma devices (plasma focus), high spatial resolution (nm) X-ray radiography of materials and biological systems, characterization/profilometry of ultrathin films using laser generated nano-acoustic waves, inertial fusion technologies, pulsed power optoelectronic devices.

He is an active researcher publishing in peer review journals of high impact factors, and he is an Editor and invited referee for many peer review journals (including journals of the American Physical Society, the American Institute of Physics and the Institute of Physics). His h-index is 36 according to Scopus or 41 according to Google Scholar. He has more than 200 publications in peer review journals, conference proceedings and contributions, among them more than 85 published in peer review journals, which have received more than 5350 citations (source: Scopus – excluding self-citations of selected author). His publications include one publication in Nature (impact factor 43.769), one in Nature Physics (impact factor 22.684), one recent (2017) in Nature Communications (impact factor 13.092) and 22 publications in Physical Review Letters (impact factor 8.462).

Academic cv: cv.tatarakis


 IPPL is one of the access points of the National Research Infrastructure “ELI - LASERLAB Europe Synergy, HiPER & IPERION-CH.gr” (HELLAS-CH)

and the leader of the “Fundamental Science Program ” of the ESFRI research infrastructure HiPER.


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