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Professor Sergey Popruzhenko

Theoretical Physics

National Research Nuclear University MEPhI



Professor Sergey Popruzhenko received his PhD in the field of theoretical physics in 2000 from the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute (now the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI), Russia. Since then he has worked at his alma mater as a Researcher, an Associate Professor and a Full Professor in the Department for Theoretical Physics. In 2011 he obtained his DrSc degree (Habilitation) for the development of nonperturbative methods in the theory of laser-atom interactions at high intensities. Since 2017 he has also been a leading research fellow at Voronezh State University, Russia, and a guest scientist at the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems in Dresden, Germany.

Sergey's research interests are primarily in the field of interactions of electromagnetic radiation with matter. His scientific expertise includes the interaction of intense laser radiation with atoms, molecules and plasmas as well as the physics of clusters, fullerenes and nanoplasmas, and attosecond physics. He has published over 70 research papers in leading physical journals including the Journal of Physics B, the New Journal of Physics, Physical Review A, Physical Review Letters, Physics-Uspekhi and Science. In the AMO-physics community he is known for his contributions to the theory of the nonlinear ionization of atoms and the theory of the interaction of clusters and nanoplasmas with intense laser radiation. Since the beginning of his research career, Sergey has participated in a number of Russian and international research projects supported by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research, the German Research Foundation (DFG), the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS, France), and has supervised some of them.

At MEPhI, Sergey conducts lecture courses covering an essential part of theoretical physics, including classical mechanics, classical field theory, statistical physics and thermodynamics, interaction of laser radiation with matter, fluid dynamics and magnetohydrodynamics. He also takes part in several community projects, which include scientific refereeing for the Physical Review, Optics Express, Journal of Physics B, Physics-Uspekhi, etc. (in total about 10 journals); the organization of research schools for young scientists, participation in conferences and workshops; and the organization of inter-university bilateral PhD programs and internships for Master and PhD students. He is a member of two dissertation councils and of the Russian Foundation “Basis” for the advancement of theoretical physics.