Theoretical Physics Division

The Division of Theoretical Physics has been established as an integral unit of the Department of Physics in 1967. Its premised occupy the front central part of the 4th floor of the Natural Sciences Building. The research interests of its members are:

  1. Theoretical High Energy Physics.
  2. Conformal Field Theories.
  3. String Theory and Holography.
  4. Theoretical low and intermediate energy physics (Exotic Nuclei Structure, Nuclear Structure).
  5. Quantum Information.
  6. Mathematical Physics of Complex Systems.

** More information regarding the academic and scientific activities of the Division can be found here.

Anastasios Petkou

The applications of Nuclear Physics in Astrophysics and mainly on the study of supernova and neutron stars are widely and very important. Open problems still remain on the above research. The problems concern a) the construction of the equation of state of nuclear matter up to very high values of the baryon density b) the study of pairing correlations and the superconductivity and superfluidity phenomenon on nuclear matter and c) the neutrino emission process of supernova and hot neutron stars.


The nuclear structure study of finite nuclei is a fundamental activity in Theoretical Nuclear Physics. The mean field theory describes well the nuclear structure but experimental studies indicate that short-range correlations effects, between nucleons, must be taken into account. The study of the effect of short-range correlations is achieved by applying the many-body density matrix formalism. In general, the calculation of the density matrices, in Nuclear Physics, is very hard and complicated. The density-matrix can be evaluated by applying approximated methods. The knowledge of the many-body density matrices leads to the evaluation of the most important quantities of nuclear structure as the nuclear energy, the density and momentum distribution, the form factors, the quadrupole moments e.t.c.


A. APPLICATIONS OF INFORMATION AND COMPLEXITY THEORIES IN CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM SYSTEMS. Information-theoretic applications in atomic nuclei, atomic clusters, atoms and correlated atoms in a trap. Development of models needed for those applications e.g. nuclear models, models for the atom e.t.c. Important results so far : A universal property for the information entropy. Quantitative measures for the complexity and self-organization of atoms and other quantum systems. Various practical interdisciplinary applications e.g. in EEG, aesthetics, politics, economics , biology e.t.c.

B. QUANTUM COMPUTERS. Theoretical research in methods of implementation of quantum computers. Quantum control theory.


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