The Greek professor of Physics that constitutes an integral part of CERN’s “Dream Team”
About 250 Greek researchers are presently working for the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). Moreover, about a hundred Greek professors have the fortune of doing free postgraduate studies in the same organization annually, and about 50 post graduate students have the fortune of receiving a scholarship which allows them to study at CERN. One of the most important members of the Greek «Dream Team» of CERN, is Particle Physics Professor at National Technical University of Athens, Evangelos Gazis. Gazis is mostly noted for being the National Contact Physicist (NCP) for the ATLAS Greek teams, CLIC, CAST, RD-51 Collaborations, from 2006 until today, and also the Coordinator of the CERN-Greek Working Group (2007-Today), positions which gave him the opportunity to perform measurements of Standard Model processes with Xb-meson and Higgs boson -the famous «God Particle»- at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). He has also participated in six CERN experiments (NA14 and NA14΄, DELPHI, ATLAS, CAST and CLIC).
Gazis was born on the 27th of December 1951, and was a physics enthusiast from day one. He acquired his Bachelor’s Degree in Physics in 1973 (Athens University, Physics Department), and continued with his Graduate Studies at NRC «Demokritos» from 1973 to 1974. He obtained his PhD from the Physics Department of the University of Athens in 1980, while part of the PhD thesis was realized at «Demokritos» and the University of Paris-Sud XI (Orsay, France).
As far as his academic positions are concerned, he was Guest Professor at the Physics Department of CERN (2009-2011), and Visiting Professor in the Physics Department at the University of Lund, Sweden (2007 until today). He is presently a Professor of Particle Physics at the School of Applied Mathematical & Physical Sciences, Physics Department, NTU-Athens.
Gazis is the co-author to more than 640 international scientific papers in particle-, nuclear- and astro-physics with more than 23.500 citations, and also the author to monographs for the ATLAS Muon Spectrometer (2000) and 11 university lecture notebooks for the NTUA students. Regarding his research administration positions, he is -as we mentioned before – the National Contact Physicist (NCP) for the ATLAS Greek teams and the Coordinator of the CERN-Greek Working Group. He was also the Scientific Delegate of Greece to the CERN Council, from 2005 to 2012, the Coordinator for the Greek teams to the FP7 program (AIDA for the future detector development) and EDUSAFE (for the automatic control system for the background radioactivity measurement, implemented the Augmented Reality).
His current research interests focus on the preparation for searching for new physics and the participation into the micro-megas detector as a possible candidate option for the ATLAS muon spectrometer upgrade during the LHC phase-II period, and also the beam instrumentation and DCS development for the CLIC project. Furthermore, he is working for the development of the proton therapy in Greece and the relative transfer technology from CERN to Greece, he participates in programs for medical applications development, and he coordinates the High School Teachers, from all the areas of Greece, training at CERN (940 from 2008-today).