Works for more than 20 years at CERN
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Works for more than 20 years at CERN

Michael Koratzinos is an experimental physicist and works at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).

M. Koratzinos was born on 12th of July, 1961 in Athens. He completed his High-School education in the Hellenic-American Educational Foundation in Athens and then continued his studies at the Imperial College, where he received his B.Sc. and Ph.D. in Physics.

In 1986, because of his thesis for his Ph.D., “Charmed Particle Photoproduction and a Search for Magnetic Monopoles”, he visited CERN in Geneva as a Fellow and remaines there until now.

From 1991 until 1992, M. Koratzinos was a research assistant in the Torino University in Italy. He then became a Fellow at Oslo University in Norway for two years.

In 1995, he joined CERN as a staff member in the Particle Physics Experiment (PPE) division and he still holds this position.

M. Koratzinos has been involved in many experiments at CERN. He started with the NA14 during his Ph.D., a fixed target photo production experiment at the Super Proton Synchrotron (SPS), incorporating a state-of-the-art silicon microstrip detector.

He joined the Delphi collaboration in 1990 and for the second part of his fellowship, he worked on the alignment of the newly commissioned Delphi microvertex detector. He then moved to the field of electroweak precision tests at LEP, a field where some of the most stringent tests of the standard model could be made.

In March 1991, M. Koratzinos joined the VSAT group of Delphi, a silicon/tungsten calorimeter located in the very forward direction (5-7mrad) serving as a very high statistics relative luminosity counter. In the end of the year 1992, he joined SAT group, an absolute luminosity counter of Delphi.

From 1993, he has been an active member of the LEP energy group, the body responsible for providing LEP energies and error estimates for the 1993 scan, an important issue of the LEP scan campaign.

M. Koratzinos played a vital role in the ATLAS experiment, an experiment that involved roughly 3.000 physicists from over 175 institutions in 38 countries. He helped to construct the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a particle accelerator, which led in the discovery of a particle consistent with the Higgs boson in July 2012.