Maria Vasileiou
Associate Professor

Maria Vasileiou
Dr. Maria Vasileiou

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Department of Physics
University of Athens
Zografou Campus
GR-15784, Athens

Area of Interest

Heavy Ion Physics

Research Interests

The ALICE Experiment at the LHC.

The ALICE Collaboration has built a dedicated heavy-ion detector to exploit the unique physics potential of heavy ion interactions at LHC energies. Our aim is to study the physics of strongly interacting matter at extreme energy densities, where the formation of a new phase of matter, the quark-gluon plasma (QGP), is expected. For this purpose, we are carrying out a comprehensive study of the hadrons, electrons, muons and photons produced in the collision of heavy ions. In addition to heavy systems, the ALICE Collaboration will study collisions of lower mass ions, which are a means of varying the energy density, and protons, which provide reference data for the nucleus-nucleus collisions. The experiment started taking data on December 2009 with proton beams at 900 GeV center-of mass-energy.

Short Bio


  • 1977–1981: B.Sc. Studies in Physics - University of Athens – Physics Department
  • 1981–1982: Postgraduate Courses in Physics - National Centre for Scientific Research "DEMOKRITOS", Athens
  • 1983–1988: Ph.D Studies in Experimental Particle Physics at CERN (Switzerland), University of Athens (Greece) and FERMILAB (USA)
    Thesis: "Search for νμ→ντ oscillations at BEBC (CERN)"
Fellowships and Grants
  • 1993–1994: Marie Curie Fellowship - M.P.I. Munich
    Project: "Development work for a large acceptance hadron detector for an investigation of Pb - induced reactions at the CERN SPS"
  • 1995: DAAD - Research Grant - M.P.I. Munich
  • 1997: M.P.I. Munich

Research Experience - Experiments

  1. CERN-PS180 "Search for neutrino oscillations at CERN using BEBC"
  2. FERMILAB-E705 "Charmonium and direct direct photon production by π and p at 300 GeV/c"
  3. CERN-NA35 "Study of ultrarelativistic nucleus-nucleus collisions"
  4. CERN-NA49 "Large acceptance hadron detector for an investigation of Pb-induced reactions at the CERN-SPS"
  5. CERN-ALICE "A Large Ion Collider Experiment"

Representation in the Experiments – International Collaborations

  • Council Member of the NA49 Experiment
  • Project Coordinator for the Development and Commissioning of a High Voltage Distribution System for the ALICE TRD
  • Contact Person of the ALICE Collaboration at the University of Athens
  • Team Leader and Representative of the Greek Research Team in the ALICE Experiment
  • Representative of the Greek Research Team in the Collaboration Board, Financial Board and Computing Board of the ALICE Experiment


  • Awarded for the contribution in the Cultivation of the Contemporary Greek Civilization