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Prof. Rakitzis Peter
University Faculty Member

T. Peter Rakitzis is a Professor of Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics at the Dept. of Physics of the Univ. of Crete, and is the leader of the Polarization Spectroscopy group at IESL-FORTH. The main research goals of this group are the development of cavity-based polarimeters for the ultrasensitive measurement of chirality, and the production high-density and high production rates of spin-polarized hydrogen isotopes for applications in magnetometry, the production of polarized beams, and the study of polarized nuclear fusion.  


  • 1992, B.A. Physics, Cornell University, USA
  • 1992, B.A. Chemistry, Cornell University, USA
  • 1997, Ph.D. Chemistry (major) and Physics (minor), Stanford University, USA


  • 2001, Lecturer, Department of Physics, University of Crete
  • 2006, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, University of Crete
  • 2011, Associate Professor, Department of Physics, University of Crete
  • 2016, Professor, Department of Physics, University of Crete


  • Production of spin-polarized atoms and molecules
  • Angular momentum polarization
  • Photodissociation dynamics
  • Cavity-based polarimetry
  • Cavity Ringdown Spectroscopy
  • Atomic and Molecular Parity Nonconservation
Macroscopic production of highly nuclear-spin-polarized molecules from IR-excitation and photodissociation of molecular beams
C. S. Kannis,T. Peter Rakitzis
Chem. Phys. Lett. , Volume:784, Page:139092, Year:2021,
A Nanosecond-Resolved Atomic Hydrogen Magnetometer
A. K. Spiliotis, M. Xygkis, K. Tazes, G. E. Katsoprinakis, D. Sofikitis, G. Vasilakis, T. P. Rakitzis
PhysChemChemPhys, Volume:23, Page:21521, Year:2021,
Ultrahigh-Density Spin-Polarized Hydrogen Isotopes from the Photodissociation of Hydrogen Halides: New Applications for Laser-Ion Acceleration, Magnetometry, and Polarized Nuclear Fusion
A. K. Spiliotis, M. Xygkis, M. Koutrakis, K. Tazes, G. K. Boulogiannis, C. S. Kannis, G. E. Katsoprinakis, D. Sofikitis, T. P. Rakitzis
Light: Science & Applications , Volume:10, Page:35, Year:2021, DOI:
Optical activity of lysozyme in solution at 532 nm via signal-reversing cavity ring-down polarimetry
A. K. Spiliotis, M. Xygkis, E. Klironomou, E. Kardamaki, G. K. Boulogiannis, G. E. Katsoprinakis, D. Sofikitis, T. P. Rakitzis
Chem. Phys. Lett. , Volume:747, Page:137345, Year:2020,
Ultrahigh-density spin-polarized H and D observed via magnetization quantum beats
D. Sofikitis, C. S. Kannis, G. K. Boulogiannis, T. P. Rakitzis
Phys. Rev. Lett., Volume:121, Page:083001, Year:2018,
Enhanced nuclear spin dependent parity violation effects using the 199HgH molecule
A. J. Geddes, L. V. Skripnikov, A. Borschevsky, J. C. Berengut, V. V. Flambaum, T. P. Rakitzis
Phys. Rev. A, Volume:98, Issue:2, Page:022508, Year:2018,
Highly nuclear-spin-polarized deuterium atoms from the UV dissociation of Deuterium Iodide
72. D. Sofikitis, P. Glodic, G. Koumarianou, H. Jiang, L. Bougas, P. C. Samartzis, A. Andreev, T. P. Rakitzis
Phys. Rev. Lett., Volume:118, Issue:23, Page:233401, Year:2017,
Evanescent-wave and ambient chiral sensing by signal-reversing cavity-ringdown polarimetry
D. Sofikitis, L. Bougas, G.E. Katsoprinakis, A.K. Spiliotis, B. Loppinet, T.P. Rakitzis
Nature, Volume:514, Page:76, Year:2014, DOI:doi:10.1038/nature13680
Revealing the nature of stereo-specific chemistry in the reaction of Cl atom with aligned CHD3(v1=1)
Fengyan Wang, Kopin Liu, T. Peter Rakitzis
Nature Chemistry, Volume:4, Page:636, Year:2012,
Cavity-enhanced parity non-conserving optical rotation in metastable Xe and Hg
L. Bougas, G. E. Katsoprinakis, W. von Klitzing, J. Sapirstein, T. P. Rakitzis
Phys. Rev. Lett., Volume:108, Page:210801, Year:2012,
Directional dynamics in photodissociation of oriented molecules
T.P. Rakitzis, A.J. van den Brom, M.H.M. Janssen
Science, Volume:303, Page:1852, Year:2004,
Spin Polarized Hydrogen Atoms from Molecular Photodissociation
T.P. Rakitzis, P.C. Samartzis, R.L. Toomes, T.N. Kitsopoulos, Alex Brown, G.G. Balint-Kurti, O.S. Vasyutinskii, J.A. Beswick
Science, Volume:300, Page:1936, Year:2003,