Associate Research Physicist
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL)
Originally from Athens, Greece, Alexandros Gerakis obtained his BSc from the School of Applied Mathematical and Physical Sciences, National Technical University of Athens. He then moved to Scotland, UK, to obtain his Master’s degree from St Andrews and Herriot-Watt Universities, in "Photonic and Optoelectronic Devices". He remained in the UK, only in England this time, in order to obtain his PhD from University College London, under the supervision of Professor Peter Barker. The research he conducted there was regarding coherent Rayleigh-Brillouin scattering, but also the utilization of chirped optical lattices for the creation of ultracold H2 molecular ensembles using the optical Stark deceleration method. He stayed at the same group as a postdoc, before crossing the Atlantic for a postdoc at Harvard University under the supervision of Professor Ni. He finally ended up at PPPL to join the Nano team where he hopes to stay for a long time.