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Scientific Research of the University Center for Space Research and Technologies

The scope of activities of University Center for Space Research and Technologies (UCSRT) includes fundamental and applied research in the field of theoretical and experimental physics, space physics, geophysics, atmospheric physics, space, astrophysics, cosmology, space-materials science, development of mathematical models of processes in the near and distant space. At the Center, research and educational activities are performed in the field of space research and technologies, which have applications in electronics, telecommunications, geophysics, meteorology, ecology, archeology and other fields. The Center performs also research on properties of materials for space technologies.

Scientific Research Fields

Space Physics

The applied research of the Center includes developing of registration systems for IR, UV and visible images for remote observations from airplanes, unmanned aircrafts (UAVs) and satellites, their photometry, study of the solar and cosmic influence on the environment and applications of space research and technologies for archaeological research and exploration. It includes also research and localization of asteroids and dangerous near Earth objects (NEO) as well as evaluation of the damages, which they could cause upon potential collision with Earth.

The scientific outcome of the Center is significantly higher than the average production of the departments in the Faculty of Physics, despite its smaller staff: the results of the research activities of the members of the Center are published in 750 publications in scientific journals, monographs (mostly international), and conference proceedings, from which 560 publications in peer reviewed journals with impact factor.

Their results are presented in 167 reports at international congresses, conferences, symposia and schools, as of them are invited or plenary reports.

They are cited 31290 times from foreign scientists, and research teams.89 from the papers are cited more than 89 times, each (h-factor 89).

Specialists of the Center lead national and international research projects and programs. They have participated in one European international, 3 Italian and two Canadian research projects. At the moment they are leading two international research programs of one international scientific union. They review articles in prestigious international journals; are members of the editorial boards of international journals, editors of foreign monographs; evaluate Italian research projects in the fields of physics, astrophysics and Earth sciences; and participate in the appraisal of Italian universities. They chaired scientific organizing committees of five international scientific schools and conferences, and 6 sessions of other international conferences.

Specialists from UCSRT participate in large international collaborations and experiments in elementary particle physics, such as ATLAS, CHORUS, DELPHI, HARP, OPERA and H1.

The only Archaeo-geophysics laboratory in Bulgaria functions at the UCSRT.

The Center sustains intensive international connections and collaborations with Universities and scientific institutions in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, South Africa, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, UK, USA and other countries.

The UCSRT represents Sofia University in the Cluster of Aero-space Technologies, Research and Applications (CASTRA). The cluster is a national consortium of 20 Bulgarian Universities, Scientific institutes, private companies and enterprises. Its objectives are: to support Bulgaria joining in the European Space Agency (ESA) joint participation in national and international programs etc. One of the main activities of the cluster is to support building up of appropriate options for training, professional qualification and personnel growth, creating joint educational centers and developing of modern educational programs for training in the field of Aero-space technologies, research and applications and relevant subjects. Joining of Bulgaria to the European Space Agency (ESA), will open the access of the Faculty's graduates to 17!000 well paid jobs in their professional field. This will increase strongly the motivation of the high-school graduates to study at the Physics Faculty. Bulgaria is the only EU member, which is not yet a member of ESA. Our joining of ESA (which is scheduled for 2015) will open new horizons for developing of the Bulgarian physics and for realization of its specialists. The members of the cluster rely on UCSRT for the training and education of the staff for the Bulgarian space program, as the only specialized University unit in this field in Bulgaria.

Brochure of Scientific Research of UCSRT

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