Dr Ioannis Kourakis

RESEARCH FOCUS

Dr Kourakis’s interests are in the areas of Plasma Physics and Nonlinear Dynamics.

His main research activity is in the field of plasma theory, as applied in laser-plasma interactions, and also in Space plasma physics and astrophysics. His research focuses on linear and nonlinear waves (solitary waves, solitons, shocks) of electrostatic/electromagnetic nature and their dependence on plasma configuration parameters.

Current projects include: high-density (quantum) plasmas, electrostatic solitary waves in Space, beam-plasma interactions in non-Maxwellian plasmas (kappa-distributions) in the solar wind, large amplitude excitations (extreme events, freak waves) in plasmas and in materials, and optical type instabilities (modulational instability), among other topics.

He has (co-)authored >155 publications in refereed journals, and >60 papers in Conference Proceedings and Book Chapters. He has attracted funding from UK EPSRC and from EU/FP7 (“Quantum Plasmas” network). 

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RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES

Open to PhD applications in the field of 

  • Plasma physics and nonlinear dynamics
  • Solitary waves, freak waves, shocks in plasmas
  • Beam plasma interactions; fluid plasma theory
  • Nonlinear PDEs as models for nonlinear phenomena (solitons, shocks, instabilities) in dispersive media, in materials science and in plasmas 
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DR IOANNIS KOURAKIS

School Of Mathematics And Physics

Dr Ioannis Kourakis

PUBLIC OUTREACH AND KEY ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Editorial Board Member (EBM): Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing; EBM for Fluids and Plasma Physics); EBM since 05/2014
  • Associate Editor, Plasma (MDPI AG; Switzerland), 10/2017 - today
  • Evaluation Committee member, upon nomination: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC),
    Discovery Grants Program, Physics Evaluation Group; three-year term, July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2017
  • UK EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council): Associate Peer Review
  • College membership, since 10/2016

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Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

School of Mathematics and Pyhsics

Research students

PhD title:  Nonlinear dynamics of multicomponent plasmas: localized modes, expansion, beam-plasma interaction effects 


Name: Ibrahem Sayed Elkamash
Years of Study: 2015 -2018 (funded by an Egyptian government 4-year fellowship under the project: “Energy and Charge Transport by Localized Pulses in Renewable Energy Production Schemes: the case of inertial confinement fusion”) 
Country: Egypt

PhD title: Computer simulations of shock dynamics in laser-plasma interactions 


Name: Spiros Thanasoulas
Years of Study: 2012 - Present (part/time, self-funded)
Country: Northern Ireland

 

Research Topic: Nonlinear dynamics of electron-hole plasma in semiconductors


Name: Fatima Areeb (6-month doctoral visitor, from COMSATS Institute of Information Technology Lahore, Pakistan)
Years of Study: 2018 (funded by the Higher Education Commission, Pakistan)
Country: Pakistan

Alumni: where are they now?

Dr Sharmin Sultana


PhD title: Solitary waves in multicomponent plasmas

Years of Study: 2008 - 2012
Country: Bangladesh
Current position: Assistant Professor of Physics at the Department of PhysicsJahangirnagar University, Bangladesh and Alexander Von Humbold Fellow, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany

Dr Gina Williams


PhD title:  Solitary Wave and Shock Dynamics in Non-Maxwellian Plasma Environments

Years of Study: 2011 - 2014
Country: UK
Current position: Senior Drug Safety Associate for Worldwide Clinical Trials

  

Dr Michael McKerr


PhD Title: Nonlinear Waves in Quantum Plasma

Years of Study: 2011 - 2016
Country: UK
Current position: Private Sector

  

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