One of the top particle physicists
Charalampos Anastasiou is an associate professor at ETH Zurich and he is considered as one of the top particle physicists in his field.
Anastasiou started his education in 1991 at the Athens University. He finished his PhD in Durham in 2001 and from 2001 he worked at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, CERN and ETH.
Anastasiou focused on the theoretical description and interpretation of experimental data from the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva. Through his research, he made ground-breaking discoveries in relation to the long-sought Higgs boson and the characteristics of this elementary particle.
His new projects go beyond the standard model of particle physics enabling him to attract experienced modelling engineers to Zurich. The result of his research enhanced the international reputation of the Particle Physics Group at ETH Zurich.
Anastasiou was one among the 277 scientists and researchers that succeeded in getting funding from the European Research Council (ERC) with the project “Automatization of perturbative QCD at very high orders” in the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH). The total funding of the ERC foundation was €647 million that will be given to the winners.
He says his career has not always been easy, although it may appear to have gone smoothly when viewed from the outside. Many things in physics happen spontaneously, but there have been times in which he had to fight his way through. “But for me there was no way back.” The main aim of his work has not been to reach a particular position but to do “good physics”. One of his great pleasures is to pass on knowledge and know-how to others and to make other people enthusiastic about physics.