Dr. Sofia Karampagia

Associate Professor of Physics
248 Padnos Hall of Science
Department of Physics
Grand Valley State University,
Allendale, MI 49401-9403, US

Tel: (616) 331-8724
Email: [email protected]


  • Ph.D.in Physics:  National Technical University of Athens, Greece (2014).
  • M.S. in Physics:  National Technical University of Athens, Greece (2011).
  • B.S. in Physics: National Technical University of Athens, Greece (2008).

Professional Experience

  • Associate Professor of Physics, Grand Valley State University, 2023 - Present.
  • Assistant Professor of Physics, Grand Valley State University, Aug. 2018  - 2023.
  • Visiting Professor of Physics, .Grand Valley State University, 2017  - 2018.
  • Post-doctoral Research Associate, Michigan State University, 2015-2017.


  • PHY 220/221 (algebra based) with Labs - General Physics I & II
  • PHY 230/231 (calculus based) with Labs - Principles of Physics I & II
  • PHY 302 - Modern Physics
  • PHY 380 - Nuclear Physics.

Research Interests:

My research interests are focused on nuclear structure theory and nuclear astrophysics. These involve the study of several nuclear physics inputs (gamma-ray strength function, nuclear level density, beta-decay) for astrophysical applications and the evolution of nuclear structure away from stability.

Selected Publications:

  1. S. Karampagia and V. Zelevinsky, "Nuclear Shell Model and Level Density", Inter. Journ. Mod. Phys. E, 29, 2030005 (2020).
  2. Vladimir Zelevinsky, Sofia Karampagia, Alexander Berlaga, "Constant temperature model for nuclear level density", Phys. Lett. B 783, 428 (2018)
  3. A. C. Larsen, J. E. Midtbø, M. Guttormsen, T. Renstrøm, S. N. Liddick, A. Spyrou, S. Karampagia, B. A. Brown, O. Achakovskiy, S. Kamerdzhiev, D. L. Bleuel, A. Couture, L. Crespo Campo, B. P. Crider, A. C. Dombos, R. Lewis, S. Mosby, F. Naqvi, G. Perdikakis, C. J. Prokop, S. J. Quinn, and S. Siem, “Enhanced low-energy γ-decay strength of 70 Ni and its robustness within the shell model”, Phys. Rev. C 97, 054329 (2018)
  4. S. Karampagia, R. A. Senkov, V. Zelevinsky, “Level density of the sd− nuclei – Statistical shell-model predictions”, At. Data Nucl. Data Tables (2017).
  5. S. Karampagia, A. Renzaglia, V. Zelevinsky, “Quantum phase transitions and collective enhancement of level density in odd-A and odd-odd nuclei”, Nucl. Phys. A 962, 46 (2017).
  6. S. Karampagia, B. A. Brown, V. Zelevinsky, “Low energy magnetic radiation enhancement in the f 7/2 shell”, Phys. Rev. C 95, 024322 (2017).
  7. S. Karampagia, Vladimir Zelevinsky, “Nuclear shape transitions, level density, and underlying interactions”, Phys. Rev. C 94, 014321 (2016).
  8. S. Karampagia, D. Bonatsos, R. F. Casten, “Regularity and chaos in 0+ states of the IBM using quantum measures”, Phys. Rev. C 91, 054325 (2015).
  9.  D. Bonatsos, A. Martinou, N. Minkov, S. Karampagia, D. Petrellis, “Octupole deformation in light actinides within an analytic quadrupole octupole axially symmetric model with a Davidson potential”, Phys. Rev. C 91, 054315 (2015).
  10. D. Bonatsos, S. Karampagia, R.B. Cakirli , R.F. Casten , K. Blaum , L. Amon Susam, “Emergent collectivity in nuclei and enhanced proton-neutron interactions”, Phys. Rev. C 88, 054309 (2013).
  11. R. F. Casten, D. Bonatsos, S. Karampagia, R. B. Cakirli and K. Blaum, “A mini-Wigner effect in p-n interactions in heavy nuclei and the 0[110] transformation in the Nilsson scheme”, AIP Conf. Proc. 1488, 150 (2012).
  12. D. Sokaras, E. Bistekos, L. Georgiou, J. Salomon, M. Bogovac, E. Aloupi-Siotis, V. Paschalis, I. Aslani, S. Karampagia, A. Lagoyiannis, S. Harissopoulos, V. Kantarelou, A. G. Karydas, “The new external ion beam analysis setup at the Demokritos Tandem accelerator and first applications in cultural heritage”, Nucl. Instr. and Meth. in Phys. Res. B 269, 519 (2011).
  13. D. Bonatsos, S. Karampagia, R. F. Casten, “Analytic Derivation of an approximate SU(3) symmetry inside the symmetry triangle of the interacting boson approximation model”, Phys. Rev. C 53, 054313 (2011).

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