Prof. Dr. Igor Mishustin
Head of the group working in theoretical subatomic physics and astrophysics
I have studied theoretical physics and astrophysics at the Moscow State University where my Diploma advisor was Prof. Ya.B. Zeldovich. My PhD thesis "Pion condensation in neutron stars" was supervised by Prof. A.B. Migdal. I have obtained my PhD (1975) and later the Doctor of Sciences degree (habilitation) at the Kurchatov Institute of Atomic Energy in Moscow. Together with Prof. V.M. Galitskii I have established a heavy-ion theory group there. In 80-s and 90-s I worked at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, first as visiting scientist and later as Carlsberg professor. In 1999-2003 I have made several long-term visits to the Institute for Theoretical Physics, Goethe University, as Humboldt awardee and DAAD professor. The year 2001 I have spent at the University of Minnesota (USA) as a guest professor. In 2004 I have joined the newly-established FIAS, where I enjoy creative atmosphere and scientific diversity. I lead a team of scientists working in theoretical subatomic physics and astrophysics. Here, I got interested in new directions of research, especially dealing with the applications of heavy-ion physics in medicine and industry. Over the years I was lecturing on graduate and post-graduate levels as well as supervising Diploma and PhD students in several Universities.
Dr. Chihiro Sasaki, junior fellow;
Dr. Giorgio Torrieri, postdoc;
Dr. Alexander Botvina (Institute for Nuclear Research, Moscow), visiting scientist;
Dr. Igor Pshenichnov (Institute for Nuclear Research, Moscow), visiting scientist;
Dr. hab. Leonid Satarov (Kurchatov Institute, Moscow), visiting scientist;
My primary research fields include theoretical nuclear physics, heavy-ion physics, nuclear and particle astrophysics, applications of heavy-ion physics in medicine and industry:
Theoretical Nuclear and Hadron Physics
QCD motivated models of hadrons and nuclei;
Equation of state of nuclear, hadronic and quark-gluon matter;
Meson condensation in nuclear and neutron star matter;
Hadron-nuclear interactions and exotic bound states (hypernuclei, antinuclei, matter-antimatter clusters;
Statistical and dynamical models of nuclear fragmentation reactions;
Dynamical phase transitions in heavy-ion reactions and compact stars;
Fluid-dynamical description of relativistic heavy-ion collisions;
Strong chromofields at early stages of ultrarelativistic heavy-ion collisions;
Equation of state of stellar matter;
Structure and dynamics of compact stars;
Synthesis of chemical elements in supernova environments;
Phase transitions in early universe;
Monte Carlo simulations for heavy ion therapy;
Damage and repair mechanisms in cells under irradiation;
Spallation sources for transmutation
All details of my research activity over the years can be found in the publications listed below.
Physics of strongly interacting matter;
Dynamical models of relativistic heavy-ion collisions;
Matter evolution in the Early Universe;
Lecture notes are available and are distributed during the course.
A number of open postdoc, Ph.D. and Diploma student positions available in my group. Young people who want to conduct research in one of the fields listed above are encouraged to apply. The applicants should have a solid background in one or more of the following areas:
Statistical physics and thermodynamics;
Relativistic mechanics and fluid dynamics;
Classical and quantum field theory;
Basic concepts of nuclear and particle physics;
Elementary radiation biology;
Interested candidates should send CV, statement of research interests and 3 letters of recommendation directly to my postal or e-mail address given above.
Group meetings (Fridays, 14-16, room 101)
The FIAS provides excellent conditions for truly interdisciplinary research. Recently we have started several joint research projects:
Modeling dose distributionsin ion-beam cancer therapy on macro and micro scales (in collaboration with M. Bleicher, M. Durante, I. Bechmann et al.)
Microscopic mechanisms of biomolecule damage induced by heavy ions (in collaboration with A. Solovyov et al.)
Combined effects of nuclear and electronic structure on properties of superheavy elements (in collaboration with R. Berger et al.)
The group has strong scientific
interaction, in some cases an active collaboration, with the
Institute for Theoretical Physics, Goethe University, and
Helmholtzzentrum fur Schwerionenforschung (GSI), Darmstadt.
We have good scientific contacts with many international research centers which include CERN, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Joint Institute for Nuclear research (JINR, Dubna), Niels Bohr Institute (University of Copenhagen), University of Minnesota, Bergen University and many other research groups in Germany and Russia.