Department of Physics
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
54124 Thessaloniki, Greece
Email: niksterg (at) auth.gr
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Nick Stergioulas is known for his contributions to the study of the
equilibrium and stability of rotating relativistic stars, of
relativistic accretion disks and of strongly-magnetized neutron stars
(magnetars). He received his Ph.D. from the University of
Wisconsin-Milwaukee, under the supervision of John L. Friedman, in
1996. He was a post-doctoral researcher at the
Albert-Einstein-Institute, Potsdam (MPA for Gravitational Physics,
1998-1999) before joining the Department of Physics at the Aristotle
University of Thessaloniki as a faculty member.
He has more than
50 publications in refereed journals (out of which 9 letters) and more
than 40 contributions to conference proceedings. His research topics
include: Compact stars as sources of gravitational waves; Equilibrium
and instabilities of rotating relativistic stars; Nonlinear oscillations
of relativistic stars; MHD oscillations in relativistic models of
magnetized neutron stars; Numerical relativity; Interaction of
gravitational waves with plasma; and Relativistic accretion disks. His
publications have received more than 1700 citations (excluding
self-citations) with an h-index of 28.
He is author of a
highly-cited review article in Living Reviews in Relativity and
co-author of a new book, entitled “Rotating Relativistic Stars”, in the
highly-acclaimed series Cambridge Monographs on Mathematical Physics. He
has presented more than 20 invited talks at international conferences
and he gave a series of invited lectures at 4 international summer or
winter schools for advanced graduate students and post-docs on
relativistic astrophysics and numerical relativity. He was P.I. in 7
international or bilateral research grants (including two Marie-Curie
post-doctoral fellowships) and participated in more than 10 other
research grants. He is representative of Greece in the management
committee of the ESF COST project "Exploring Fundamental Physics with
Compact Stars" and is participating in the CTA Consortium and in the
LOFT proposal for a new ESA X-ray mission.
He has 15 years of
experience in supervising and training young researchers, including
several international post-doctoral researchers, several Ph.D. students,
and a large number of M.Sc. and B.Sc. students. At the Aristotle
University of Thessaloniki, Nick Stergioulas is teaching "Introductory
Astronomy", "Astrophysics", "General Relativity", "Numerical Analysis"
and "Computational Physics". He is the author of the public domain code
"rns" for constructing equilibrium models of rotating relativistic
stars, which has been used extensively by the community in the last 15
Nick Stergioulas served or currently serves as an elected
member in the governing councils of the Hellenic Astronomical Society
(2008-2010) and the Hellenic Society for Relativity, Gravitation and
Cosmology (2012-2014). Recently, he was elected for a second term on the
governing council of the Virgo-Ego Scientific Forum (VESF), which
supports the VIRGO gravitational-wave detector.
He is currently an associate editor for the journal "General Relativity and Gravitation" (Springer).
Stergioulas is the current Director of the Section of Astrophysics,
Astronomy and Mechanics at the Department of Physics, Aristotle
University of Thessaloniki.