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Alexander Mikhailovich Pukhov

DATE OF BIRTH: 27-12-1964
PLACE OF BIRTH: Moscow, Russia
TITLE: Professor
CITIZENSHIP:  Russian Federation
QUALIFICATIONS: Diploma in Physics and Engineering — Moscow Institute (University) for Physics and Technology
Ph.D. — Moscow Institute (University) for Physics and Technology
WORK ADDRESS: Institute for Theoretical Physics I, University of Dusseldorf
Universitatsstr 1, Geb. 25.32, 40225 Düsseldorf, Germany
HOME ADDRESS: Quinheimer Str. 50, 41468 Neuss, Germany
TELEPHONE: +49 211 81 13122  FAX:  +49 211 81 15194
E-MAIL: pukhov@tp1.uni-duesseldorf.de
WEB-SITE: http://www.tp1.uni-duesseldorf.de/~pukhov/


1982 – 1988 Moscow Institute (University) for Physics and Technology – Diploma in Physics and Engineering.
1988 – 1991 Moscow Institute (University) for Physics and Technology Ph.D.
“Numerical simulation of turbulence and vortices in magnetized plasmas”.
2001 Dr. habil.
2001 University of Düsseldorf, Germany Professor of Theoretical Physics.
1991 – 1994 Moscow Institute (University) for Physics and Technology Assistant Professor.
1994 University of Turin, Italyvisiting scientist.
1994 – 2001 Max-Planck-Institute for Quantum Optics, Garching, GermanyResearch Fellow.
1998 Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, USAvisiting scientist.
1998 Osaka University, Japan visiting professor.
2007 Texas University at Austin, USAvisiting professor.
2001 – present University of Düsseldorf, Germany – Professor of Theoretical Physics, head of the research group VLPL (Virtual Laser-Plasma Laboratory).
2004–2005 – Executive Director of Physics Department.

Prof. A. M. Pukhov is an author of 2 monographs, more than 150 papers in leading international journals, including 3 Nature articles and 36 Physical Review Letters. In the last 3 years, A. M. Pukhov publishes at least 5 articles in leading international journals per year (8 articles per year on average).
The overall citation number of A. M. Pukhovs papers exceeds 7300 (according to ISI Web of Science). The total citation number of 10 most cited papers exceeds 3100; his h-index is 42. According to “2011 JRC Science Edition” the total impact factor of papers published in the last five years is 178.54 (3.97 per article on average). These indicators are compliant with the level of the leaders in computational physics.
A. M. Pukhov owns 2 patents.
In the last 3 years, A. M. Pukhov delivers at least 10 invited lectures on international conferences per year (12 invited lectures per year on average). In the last 3 years he was a member of program and organizing committees of 9 international conferences and workshops.

The dynamics of the citation number and the number of invited talks given on the international conferences are shown on the following diagrams.

Pioneering achievements:
– developed the world first 3D PIC code VLPL (Virtual Laser Plasma Laboratory) able to simulate actual laser-plasma experiments;
– discovered the Bubble regime of electron acceleration by relativistic laser pulses and developed a theory of it including the scaling laws;
– together with N. Fisch and G. Shvets, A. M. Pukhov discovered the short pulse lase amplification in plasma in the Compton regime;
– A. M. Pukhov developed the theory of proton beam self-modulation and wake field generation in plasmas;
– A. M. Pukhov developed the theory of relativistic high harmonics radiation and discovered the universal power-law energy spectra.

Prof. A. M. Pukhov has an extensive experience in managing research groups and projects.
– In the last five years A. M. Pukhov directed 5 major national grants and projects in Germany, as well as 2 international projects funded under EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The total budget of current scientific projects managed by A. M. Pukhov (funded by the German Research Foundation DFG and the European Commission) exceeds € 3 million.
– A. M. Pukhov has created a research group at the University of Düsseldorf and manages is activity for more than 10 years (from 2001 to present).
– Also, he participated in organization and substantially contributed to functioning of such international organizations as MAP (Munich Centre for Advanced Photonics), ELI (Extreme Light Infrastructure). He has created and manages a research group within the international AWAKE collaboration (set to study proton-driven wake field in plasmas at CERN).
– A. M. Pukhov is a member of the steering committee of the German national research network TR-18 “Dynamics of relativistic laser plasmas” and of the executive council of joint Research Center Julich and University of Düsseldorf graduate school GRK 1203 “Dynamics of hot plasmas”.
– A. M. Pukhov served as an Executive Director of Physics Department, University of Düsseldorf, 2004–2005.

Prof. A. M. Pukhov is Doctorfather of 8 Ph.D students. 2 of his former students are now professors. In the last 7 years, A. M. Pukhov was a supervisor of 9 Ph.D students, 6 of them have defended their dissertations and received Ph.D.

Prof. A. M. Pukhov reads lectures at the Heinrich-Heine-University of Dusseldorf in the full curriculum of Bachelor and Master program in physics. He gives also special lectures in “Relativistic plasmas”, “Computational methods”, “Massively parallel programming”, etc.
A. M. Pukhov gave a course of lectures on “Relativistic laser plasmas” as invited professor at Osaka University (Japan), Texas University at Austin (U.S.A.).
A. M. Pukhov also gives tutorial lectures at international schools for young scientists like “Galitski International School for Theoretical Physics”, “ISTC-GSI Young Scientists Laserschool”, Winter School "Nonlinear waves", etc.

In 1999, A. M. Pukhov was awarded with Heinz Billing Prize for the promotion of the scientific computing (Heinz-Billing-Preis zur Förderung des wissenschaftlichen Rechnens) as the recognition of his work “Three-dimensional relativistic electromagnetic Particle-in-Cell code VLPL–Virtual Laser Plasma Laboratory”. In the same year he was Mannheim SuParCup competition winner for parallel computation for the work “High Performance 3D PIC Code VLPL: Virtual Laser Plasma Lab”. The further contribution of A. M. Pukhov in theory and simulation of relativistic laser plasmas was awarded with Sofja-Kovalevskaja-Preis of Alexander von Humboldt foundation (DM 1 million for research) in 2001.

– Member of the steering committee of the German national research network TR-18 “Dynamics of relativistic laser plasmas”;
– Member of the executive council of joint Research Center Julich and University of Dusseldorf graduate school GRK 1203 “Dynamics of hot plasmas”;
– Reviewer of Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF);
– Reviewer of Deutsche Forschungsgesellschaft (DFG);
– Reviewer of Alexander von Humboldt foundation.