AstroCeNT Welcomes Two Visiting Scientists to Our Research Team

We are pleased to share that two visiting scientists have joined the AstroCeNT team in June 2023. Their experience and contributions promise to greatly benefit our ongoing research efforts.
Dr. Andre Cortez earned his PhD in Physics Engineering from the esteemed Faculty of Science and Technology at the University of Coimbra. Prior to joining AstroCeNT, he had already gained extensive international research experience, working as a researcher at various prestigious institutions, including LIP in Coimbra (Portugal), CERN in Genève (Switzerland), LIBPhys-UC in Coimbra (Portugal), GSSI-INFN LNGS in L’Aquila (Italy), and IEAP/CTU in Prague (Czech Republic).
Dr Cortez’s research focuses on the development and optimization of large volume gas radiation detectors, particularly the groundbreaking Time Projection Chambers (TPC). By delving into precise particle tracking, Dr. Cortez’s work aims to address the technical challenges inherent in current and future particle physics experiments.
At AstroCeNT, Dr. Cortez collaborates closely with Prof. Marcin Kuzniak, a leader of SiPM Systems for Astroparticle Physics and Medical Physics group.
Prof. Piotr Homola has joined AstroCeNT as a visiting professor, adding his profound expertise to our research endeavors.
Prof. Homola (currently Associate Professor at the Institute of Nuclear Physics PAS) has a diverse and extensive working experience, serving as a Visiting Professor at The Open University, UK, and holding various postdoctoral and assistant professor positions at esteemed institutions (PAS in Poland, Bergische Universität Wuppertal in Germany, the Physics Department at Siegen Universität, Germany). In 2015, he earned his habilitation in Photons in Ultra-High Energy Cosmic Rays from the Institute of Nuclear Physics PAS, Poland.
Notably, Prof. Homola’s significant contributions were recognized with the prestigious Henryk Niewodniczański Scientific Award in 2006, honoring his outstanding series of articles on the identification of ultra-high energy photons in cosmic rays.
We are incredibly excited about the potential breakthroughs that these collaborations will bring to AstroCeNT and the broader scientifi. The exchange of knowledge and ideas between our distinguished visitors and our talented team will undoubtedly advance our quest for deeper insights into the mysteries of the universe.