Category Archives: People

Theodoros Kapnas

12/2023 – today Undergraduate Student

06/2023 – 08/2023 Intern on a demonstration project


Theodoros Kapnas is currently in his final year of her undergraduate degree in Physics at the University of Crete. During the summer period of 2023 he worked on a demonstration project for the 2023 Researcher’s Night. He built and demonstrated (together with Afroditi Aretakis) a single photon interferometer. In order to make the concept of interferometry more comprehensible, they built acoustic interferometers. Currently, he is working on her thesis which is on a laser Amplifier to be used in a BEC/MOT experiment.

Minoas Chairetis

01/2024 – today Technician of the BEC and Space-Optics Groups


Minoas joined us beginning of 2024 as a technician. He hold bachelor and master diplomas on Material Science and Technology that both took place in Heraklion Crete. Before joining us, he did his Master’s Degree (9/2021 – 9/2023) in the Nanoscale Optoelectronics Lab of Prof Savvidis. He worked on Perovskite crystal synthesis and optical characterization for Polaritonic Devices.

Afroditi Aretakis

12/2023 – today Undergraduate Student

06/2023 – 08/2023 Intern on a demonstration project


Afroditi Aretaki is currently in her final year of her undergraduate degree in Physics at the University of Crete. During the summer period of 2023 she worked on a demonstration project for the 2023 Researcher’s Night. She built and demonstrated (together with Theodoros Kapnas) a single photon interferometer. In order to make the concept of interferometry more comprehensible, they also built acoustic interferometers. Currently, he is working on her thesis which is on a laser Amplifier to be used in a BEC/MOT experiment.

Marcel Morillas

11/2023 Visiting Student on BEC1


I am Marcel Morillas, I completed my undergraduate studies at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Then, I pursued an MSc. in Photonics at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, where I did my Master’s Thesis on simulating one and two-mode squeezed light in topological photonic lattices as a member of the Quantum and Atom Optics Group (QAOS) at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

Beyond my scientific pursuits, I enjoy watching and playing sports, especially American football and playing the bass guitar.

Mary Georgousi

12/2022 – today PhD Student on Space Optics
09/2021 – 10/2022 MSci Student on Space Optics


Mary joined us in September 2021 to work on a novel spectroscopy model for quantum space missions.

Mary Georgousi is a PhD student in the Space–Optics Group in IESL. She completed her undergraduate studies in Physics at the Physics Department of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. As member of the  Gravitational Waves Group – AUTh, she has worked on  probing the properties of our Galaxy based on the detection of gravitational waves from LISA. She then obtained her MSc diploma on Advanced Physics, focusing on astrophysics and space applications, in the Physics Department of University of Crete. She is also a member of SpaceDot  team, participating in Fly your satellite! 3 program for CubeSats.

Email: georgousi@iesl.forth.gr

Linkedin:  www.linkedin.com/in/mary-georgousi

Vidhu Catherine Antony

05/2021 – today PhD Student (on leave)


Vidhu did her Bachelor of Science (Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science – Triple Major) at Bangalore University (Wiki), from which she graduated second of her class (Gold Medalist).  

During the final year of her Bachelor’s Program, she was selected for the prestigious Indian Academy of Science (IASc) – Summer Research Fellowship Program (SRFP) – 2017 at the Quantum Materials and Devices Group (formerly known as the Low-Temperature Nano-Electronics Group), Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, under Prof Arindam Ghosh.

After working as a Project Trainee in the same group, she continued with her Master of Science (Physics) at Bangalore University and graduated top of her class (Gold Medalist). Her master’s project was on Quantum Computation, Estimating Pi using Quantum Phase Estimation Algorithm, which she runs on the public access quantum computer of IBM (Qiskit).

Following her masters, she joined as a Project Assistant / Junior Research Fellow (JRF) at the Quantum Optics and Quantum Information Processing Group, Department of Instrumentation and Applied Physics, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

At the moment she is awaiting her visa which has been delayed due to COVID restrictions.

Vasiliki Bolpasi

05/2014 –  10/2020 Research Assistant on BEC2 and AtomQT
02/2009 – 04/2014 PhD Student
09/2006 – 06/2008 Master Student


Vasiliki joined the Cretan Matter-Waves Group in October 2005 as an undergraduate student. She graduated from the Physics Department of the University of Crete in October 2006. Right after that, she started her Master in Optoelectronics – Microelectronics in the University of Crete, where she completed her master thesis working on high-power tapered-diode lasers. She has recently finished her PhD on high flux atom lasers and now she works in our lab as a postdoc. She is now teaching at the University of Crete.