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Colloquium: The Shape of the Smallest Object in the Universe

Event Details:

  • Date:       Thursday 7 March 2019
  • Time:      Starts: 16:00
  • Venue:    The Cyprus Institute - Events Room, 1st floor, Novel Technologies Building, Athalassa Campus
  • Speaker: Prof. Costas N. Papanicolas, President of The Cyprus Institute
The colloquium will be in English and the event is open to the public.

Live streaming of the colloquium “The Shape of the Smallest Object in the Universe” will be available on YouTube and GotoWebinar starting on Mar 7, 2019 4:00 PM EET.

1) You can watch a live stream of this colloquium (non-interactive) on The Cyprus Institute’s YouTube channel at this link.

2) Participants who are interested in an interactive session, and wish to ask questions by chat, need to register and watch the colloquium via GotoWebinar. They may also ask questions using the computer audio device.  Please register here.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information on how to join the webinar.

The streaming is facilitated by the CySTEM project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation program under Grant Agreement No. 667942.


The smallest object in the universe known to have size is the proton: its radius is a million times smaller than that of an atom. Objects that have size, necessarily have shape, which then raises the obvious question about the shape of the proton.
The quest on how to measure the shape of such abysmally small object whose behavior is governed by relativity and quantum mechanics will be presented. Following a search that lasted thirty years and tens of millions of Euros we have a surprising definitive answer.
The underlying physics, the methodology and the fancy instrumentation required to address this fundamental question will be presented in a way that does not require knowledge of relativity or quantum mechanics.

About the Speaker

prof costas papanicolasProf. Costas N. Papanicolas is the President of the Cyprus Institute. He holds B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has served at CEA (Saclay, France) and on the faculty of the University of Illinois and the University of Athens.
He directed the Institute of Accelerating Systems and Applications of Greece and the Physics Laboratory of the University of Athens. He chaired the Accreditation Council for Tertiary Education of the Republic of Cyprus (1998 -2006), and served the National Advisory Board on Science and Technology of the Hellenic Republic.

He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, member of the European Academy of Sciences (Academia Europea) and of the Silk Road Academy of Sciences.


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Additional Info

  • Date: Thursday 7 March 2019
  • Time: Starts: 16:00
  • Speaker: Prof. Costas N. Papanicolas
  • Co-organisers: President of The Cyprus Institute

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