Funded project CIRA-2021-064 (8474000412) (internal KU funding)
Rogue Waves and Extreme Events in Plasmas and in Space Science, period 01/ 07/2022-30/11/2025
Funded project FSU-2021-012 (8474000352) (internal KU funding)
Modeling of Nonlinear Waves and Shocks in Space and Laboratory Plasmas, period 01/07/2021-31/06/2023
Electrostatic solitary waves in planetary magnetospheres: generation, existence conditions, propagation characteristics, stability profile.
Interpretation of observational (“experimental”) data from planetary missions. (Magnetospheric modeling theme leader at KU Space and Planetary Science Center.)
Theoretical models for nonlinear waves in plasmas, in materials and in other dispersive media: pseudopotential theory (phase space dynamics), Korteweg de Vries theory, nonlinear Schrodinger theory, 2D extensions e.g. Dromey-Stewartson models.
Non-Maxwellian particle distributions (kappa distributions) in Space (solar wind, magnetospheres) and their impact on plasma properties.
Dr. Kourakis's academic trajectory combines 29 years’ expertise in teaching (incl. >15 yrs post PhD) with long experience in student supervision (both undergraduate and postgraduate). He has supervised four (4) PhD students (through graduation) and >45 students (MSc, MSci) projects. He has always received high teaching evaluation scores and positive feedback from his students. Dr. Kourakis has been involved in course and curriculum development since his early academic years when he contributed to the launch of an innovative web-based MSc program (MSc in Plasma Physics, offered at Queen's University Belfast, UK since 2007).
Dr. Kourakis's research focuses on nonlinear waves, a vast topic with broad applications in materials science, plasma physics, and optics for telecommunications (optical pulses), among other fields. His core area of expertise is Plasma Science, where he is internationally recognized as a leading expert in plasma theory (modeling). His most recent activity focuses on Space plasmas, and in particular, on the dynamics of plasmas in planetary magnetospheres and on the characteristics of waves and Electrostatic Solitary Waves sustained therein. He currently serves as Theme Leader for Magnetospheric Modeling at Khalifa University’s Space and Planetary Science Center. He has published >250 original research articles, including >170 articles in international refereed journals, in addition to a number of papers in Conference Proceedings and book chapters. His work has attracted >6,400 citations (H?index = 45; data from Google Scholar).
Dr. Kourakis has served on various committees, both at Khalifa University and internationally. He is a member of the UAE ADEK external reviewer panel for institutional evaluations, since 10/2018. He has undertaken extensive review activity for funding bodies and academic institutions (including NSERC Canada, The Royal Society, EPSRC UK, FWO Belgium, and NRF S. Africa). He sustains a multifaceted editorial activity (including editorial board memberships in the prestigious Scientific Reports Q1 journal of the Nature Springer family). He has carried out numerous assignments as a peer reviewer for a number of refereed journals, an activity for which he was awarded the status of Distinguished IoP Reviewer in 2021 by the Institute of Physics, UK.