Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics


Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics
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HeadIgor Valentinovich Kolokolov
AddressAkademika Semenova av., 1A, 142432 Chernogolovka, Moscow region, Russia

The L. D. Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences is a research institution, located in the small town of Chernogolovka near Moscow (there is also a subdivision in Moscow, on the territory of the P. L. Kapitza Institute for Physical Problems).


The Landau Institute was formed in 1964 to keep the Landau school alive after the tragic car accident of Lev D. Landau. Since its foundation, the institute grew rapidly to about one hundred scientists, becoming one of the worldwide best-known and leading institutes for theoretical physics.

Unlike many other scientific centers in Russia, the Landau Institute had the strength to cope with the crisis of the nineties in the last century. Although about one half of the scientists accepted positions at leading scientific centers and universities abroad, most of them kept ties with their home institute, forming a scientific network in the tradition of the Landau school and supporting young theoretical physicists in the Landau Institute.

Prominent members

Up to 1992, the institute was headed by Isaak Markovich Khalatnikov, who was then replaced by Vladimir E. Zakharov. Its numerous prominent scientists, mathematicians as well as physicists, include the Nobel laureate Alexei Alexeyevich Abrikosov as well as Igor Dzyaloshinsky, Lev Gor'kov, Vladimir Gribov, Arkady Migdal, Anatoly Larkin, Sergei Novikov, Alexander Polyakov, Mark Azbel, Valery Pokrovsky, Emmanuel Rashba, Sergey Iordanskii, Ioshua Levinson, Alexei Starobinsky, Alexei Kitaev, Vadim Berezinskii (whose early death prevented him from sharing the Nobel Prize for the Berezinskii–Kosterlitz–Thouless transition theory), Sergey Brazovsky, Konstantin Efetov, David Khmel'nitsky, Vladimir Mineev, Gregory Volovik, Paul Wiegmann, Leonid Levitov, Alexander Zamolodchikov, Vadim Knizhnik, Konstantin Khanin, and Yakov G. Sinai.[1]

Fields of Research

The main fields of research are:


  1. ^ Raussen, Martin; Skau, Christian (September 2014). "Interview with Yakov Sinai – Abel Laureate 2014" (PDF). EMS Newsletter (93): 17. Retrieved 19 July 2017.

External links

  • Institute's web site (English version)
  • Talk by Vinay Ambegaokar on the history of the Landau school

Further reading

Coordinates: 55°42′32″N 37°34′34″E / 55.70889°N 37.57611°E / 55.70889; 37.57611