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Valery L. Pokrovsky

Faculty: Distinguished Professor

MPHY 413 (main office)


V.L Pokrovsky graduated from Kharkov University (Ukraine) as MS in 1953, defended PhD at Tomsk University (Russia) 1957 and Doctor of Physics and Mathematics (highest degree) at Siberian Branch of Soviet Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk in 1962. Worked in Novosibirsk till 1966, then at Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics, Chernogolovka, Moscow region, Russia. He is a specialist in Theoretical Physics, His main works are on basic problems of Quantum Mechanics, Statistical Physics, Magnetism, Superconductivity and Superfluidity. Starting from 1992 he is Professor at Department of Physics (later Physics and Astronomy) of TAMU. From 1998 he was named a Distinguished Professor. His awards include Landau Prize (1982) of the Soviet Academy of Sciences (together with A.Z. Patashinskii) for fundamental works on Phase Transition Theory; Humboldt Prize (2000) for a Senior American Scientist of the Humboldt Association (Germany); Onsager Prize (2005) of the American Physical Society for original and important contributions in Statistical Physics; Landau Gold Medal for fundamental contributions in Quantum Mechanics and Statistical Physics of Russian Academy of Sciences (2018).

Latest Publications

I. V. Borisenko, B. Divinskiy, V. E. Demidov, G. Li, T. Nattermann, V. L. Pokrovsky, and S. O. Demokritov. “Direct evidence of spatial stability of Bose-Einstein condensate of magnons.” Nature Communications, 11(1), Apr 2020.

Gang Li, Chen Sun, Thomas Nattermann, and Valery L. Pokrovsky. “Long-wave magnon in a ferromagnetic film.” Physical Review B, 98, 014336, Jul 2018.

T. Nattermann and V. L. Pokrovsky. “Topological Defects in Helical Magnets.” Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Physics, 127(5), 922--932, Nov 2018.

Chen Sun, Thomas Nattermann, and Valery Pokrovsky. “Bose-Einstein condensation and superfluidity of magnons in yttrium iron garnet films.” Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 50(3), 143002, Mar 2017. Invited Review in a special issue for Magnonics.

Valery Pokrovsky. “Spin resonance and spin fluctuations in a quantum wire.” Low Temperature Physics, 43(2), 259, Mar 2017. Special issue on 100-th birthday of Ilya LifshitzThe journal is originally published in Russian by B.Verkin Institute for Low Temperature Physics and Engineering of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.

Awards & Recognition

  • Onsager Prize (2005)
  • Humboldt Award for a Senior American Scientist (2000)
  • Landau Prize (1982)