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Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

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I  have been a member of the Plasma Physics group since 2009 when I was awarded a full  EPSRC DTA scholarship to study Plasma Physics, resulting to my PhD degree. I  had previously obtained my BSc degree (Honours) in Physics from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece and  my MSc degree from Imperial College London in the field of Theoretical Physics.

Research Interests

My research is focused on the basic physics of plasma-surface interaction and dust-plasma interactions. During my PhD I studied plasma sheath related phenomena and the charging of large dust grains. My work included both analytical and computational elements and for the latter I also developed, in collaboration with the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL), the kinetic code Yggdrasil-PSI to study plasma-surface interaction phenomena and their applications to dusty plasmas.

My current interests include: plasma-surface interactions, dust-plasma interactions, tokamak physics, dust transport codes and kinetic plasma simulations. I am also interested in the application of my research work to space related phenomena.

I am an Imperial College Outreach Ambassador and Leader and I have a strong interest in promoting STEM subjects and fusion related research.



Rizopoulou N, Robinson APL, Coppins M, et al., 2015, Charging of large dust grains in flowing plasmas., Phys Rev E Stat Nonlin Soft Matter Phys, Vol:91

Rizopoulou N, Robinson APL, Coppins M, et al., 2014, Electron emission in a source-collector sheath system: A kinetic study, Physics of Plasmas, Vol:21, ISSN:1070-664X

Rizopoulou N, Robinson APL, Coppins M, et al., 2013, A kinetic study of the source-collector sheath system in a drifting plasma, Plasma Sources Science & Technology, Vol:22, ISSN:0963-0252

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