Mathematical Physics and Mathematical Modeling

What are we studying?

Theoretical Physics is an essential tool for discovering our Nature from elementary particles to gigantic space systems and the Entire Universe.

Such great experimental facilities, as Large Hadron Collider, ITER fusion reactor, gravitational-wave detectors and other unique apparatus are created for confirming or denying fundamental physical laws that had been predicted by theoretical physicists. Every experiment is useless without it being theoretically analyzed. Present mathematical modelling that was created as a combination of theoretical physics and cybernetics offers a research instrument as powerful as a natural physical experiment.

Who is teaching?

The Theoretical Physics department of NRNU MEPhI offers unique opportunities for becoming a skillful theoretical physicist. Multidisciplinary training in major specialties of modern theoretical physics, as well as working under the supervision of world-class scientists allows our graduates to become leaders in today science.

Specialties of theoretical physics and mathematical modelling that are presented at the Department:

  • Relativistic Astrophysics and Cosmology;
  • Physics of Ultra-high Electromagnetic Fields and Gravitational Fields;
  • Laser Plasma Physics;
  • Interaction between radiation and matter;
  • Quantum Informatics;
  • Nuclear Physics.

The international laboratory “Simulation of physical processes in extreme light fields” was created in 2016.

The Theoretical Physics Department was founded in 1945 thus being one of the oldest in NRNU MEPhI. World-known theoreticians and academicians, such as Igor E. Tamm (the 1958 Nobel Prize laureate), Mikhail A. Leontovich, Arkadiy B. Migdal, Isaac S. Shapiro and others, had been having a teaching position there over time. About 20 members of the Russian Academy of Sciences and 100 Doctors of Sciences that are working in leading Russian and international universities and research centers graduated from the Department. Currently each member of the Department teaching staff is either Dr. Sci. or PhD in Physics and Mathematics. Among more than 40 staff members, five are members or corresponding members of RAS and ten are on the list of most cited Russian scientists. Four professors of leading European universities are regularly giving lectures to students of the Department.

What can students and graduates expect?

Department students are engaged in scientific research and perform their theses under the supervision of leading theoretical physicists in NRNU MEPhI, RAS research centers and institutes, such as:

  • Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences;
  • Lebedev Physical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (LPI);
  • Russian Federal Nuclear Centers in Sarov and Snezhinsk (VNIIEF and VNIITF);
  • NRC «Kurchatov Institute»;
  • Institute for Theoretical and Experimental Physics named by A.I.Alikhanov (ITEP);
  • Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Dubna;
  • All-Russian Research Institute of Automatics named by N. L. Dukhov (VNIIA);
  • Steklov Mathematical Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences.

Many Department graduates also work in these scientific centers. High scientific level of thesis supervisors and employers allows for optimum conditions for a “quick start” of our graduates’ scientific career:

  • Most students are published in leading physics journals to the moment of graduation;
  • every student willing to enroll for a postgraduate course at NRNU MEPhI or other Russian and international scientific centers can do that with no obstacles. Demand for our graduates in Russia and abroad exceeds the offer by several times;
  • the Department offers two international postgraduate programs in the field of theoretical physics and cosmophysics (in collaboration with the University of Turin, Italy) and in the field of fundamental physics (in collaboration with the Universities of Grenoble and Savoy, France) thus giving an opportunity for those who is willing to get two diplomas at once. One is for Russian PhD and another is for PhD of the corresponding European university.