Leandar Litov

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Atomic Physics

Sofia University “St. Kl. Ohridski” & CERN

Prof. Leandar Litov graduated from the Faculty of Physics of Sofia University “St. Kl. Ohridski” in 1980, majoring in nuclear and particle physics. He worked for 10 years at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) – Dubna. In 1990 he returned to Sofia University, where he lectures since then in quantum and particle physics. He is supervisor of the Master's program "Nuclear and Particle physics", coordinator of the Bachelor program "Medical Physics", Head of the Atomic Physics Department in the period 2007 – 2012. His research interests are in theoretical and experimental particle physics, design and construction of detectors of ionizing radiation, high performance computing and biophysics. He has been conducting investigations at the Serpukhov accelerator and – since 1992 – at the accelerator complex at CERN. Founding member of the CMS collaboration and Team Leader of the Sofia University team involved in the experiments at the Large Hadron Collider. Author and co-author of over 600 scientific papers, laureate of a number of national and international scientific awards, among them two “Pythagoras” Bulgarian Awards – for exceptional scientific contributions and for most successful PhD-students supervision. Chair of the Institution Board of RPC CMS Collaboration, member of European Commission for Future Accelerators (ECFA) and of the CERN Council.