Professor of Physics
B.Sc equivalent, Physical-Technical Institute, Moscow, 1952. First Ph.D, Yerevan Physics Institute, Armenia, 1958. Second Ph.D, Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics, Novosibirsk, 1963. Research, Theoretical Department, Institute for Theoretical and Experimental Physics (ITEP), Moscow, 1953-56. Research, Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics, 1963-64. Research, Chief of electro-magnetic interaction lab, Professor (1970), Yerevan Physics Institute, 1956-72. Research, Institute of Terrestrial Magnetism and Dissemination of Radio Waves, Moscow region, 1972-73. After a detour through the Gulag: Senior Scientist, Laboratory of Nuclear Studies, Cornell University, 1987-2008. Professor, Physics and Government, Cornell University, 2008-present. Visiting Scientist, CERN, 1988-89. Consultant, Brookhaven National Laboratory, 1998-2009. American Physical Society Nicholson Medal, 1995. American Physical Society Andrei Sakharov Prize, 2006. Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Fellow, American Physical Society.
Experimental elementary particle physics, theoretical foundations of quantum mechanics
As a founding member of the EDM (Electric Dipole Moment) Collaboration at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), I continue to investigate systematic errors, spin coherence time and other theoretical issues related to the proposed measurement of the proton and deuteron EDM. My work on the theoretical foundations of quantum mechanics continues to focus on the origin of quantum indeterminism.
A note on past research: My research in the Soviet Union was mostly in accelerator physics. I worked on the design of ITEP's 7 GeV proton-synchrotron, developing a theory of non-linear betatron oscillations as well as betatron and synchro-betatron resonances (which was the first time a Hamiltonian approach was used in this area). At the Yerevan Physics Institute, I did the conceptual design of the 5 GeV electron-synchrotron, sometimes simultaneously working with the Budker Institute, and publishing papers on quantum radiation damping (in particular, the sum rule) and excitation, spin resonances, and spin diffusion. I also proposed a 100x100 GeV electron-positron collider, an idea not accepted at the time. After arriving in the West, I helped create and develop at CERN the idea of ion "shaking," with consequent doubling of the number of accumulated anti-protons. In the United States, I have worked on alternative designs for the proposed B-factory at Cornell; participated in measuring the magnetic dipole moment of the muon at BNL; done the theoretical work for proposals to measure the electric dipole moment of the deuteron at BNL; contributed theoretical work to Spin@COSY; and investigated the origin of quantum indeterminism.
Spring '13. (Phys. 7683) Special Topics in Physics: Classical Mechanics.