Category Archives: Active Group Member

Mary Georgousi

09/2021 – today 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 MSc 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 currently continues her studies in astrophysics and space applications in the Master program “Advanced Physics” 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.

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

Vidhu Catherine Antony

05/2021 – today PhD Student on BEC1


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.

Giorgos Vasilakis


01/2020 – today Research group leader at IESL-FORTH
06/2016 – 06/2018 Marie Curie Individual Postdoctoral Fellow on BEC
02/2016 – 05/2016 Visiting Scientist


Before joining us Georgos was…

2012 – 2016 PostDoc at the Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen
Georgo was a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the Quantop Group of Eugene S. Polzik at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen. He was working on Experimental quantum optics / Light-atom quantum interface.

2006 – 2011 PhD at Princeton University, NJ under the supervision of Michael V. Romalis. The topic of his PhD thesis was: “Precision Measurements of Spin Interactions with High Density Atomic Vapors”

2003-2006 Master at Princeton University

2002-2003 Graduate program in Optoelectronics and Microelectronics, University of Crete

1997-2002 B.S. in Physics University of Crete

Giannis Drougakis

10/2021 – today Postdoc on BEC 1 and Space Optics
11/2016 – 10/2021 PhD Student on BEC 1 and OBST
03/2015 – 10/2016 Master Student on the ESA-OBST project

Giannis joined the Cretan Matter Waves group in March 2015 to work on the ESA-OBST project. He holds a diploma in electrical and computer engineering (2012) from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. He received his master’s degree from the inter-institutional graduate program “Vision and Optics”, of the University of Crete finishing his master thesis entitled “Vibrational and angular stability of optical systems for space applications” in December 2015. He continued for his PhD working on BEC 1 and OBST, graduating in October 2021. He is now a postdoc on BEC 1 and OBST.

Wolf von Klitzing

2005 – now: Head of Group


2005-now Group Leader of the Cretan Matter Waves
2006-2010 Marie-Curie Excellence Group Leader
2000-2004 Post-doctoral Fellow with Prof. Walraven at the Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics (AMOLF) and the Van der Waals Zeemann Institute of the University of Amsterdam
1999-2000 Marie Curie post-doctoral Fellow in the group of Prof. De Martini, University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’, Italy
1996 – 1999 Marie Curie Postoc at the ENS with Serge Haroche
1992 – 1996 PhD Student at Cavendish Laboratory of the Cambridge University

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Email: wvk@iesl.forth.gr