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Mikhail V. Medvedev

Primary office:
6070D Malott Hall


Professional Background

2011-present: Professor, University of Kansas
2006-2011: Associate Professor, University of Kansas
2010: Member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
2009-2010: Ib Henriksen Visiting Professor, Niels Bohr International Academy, Denmark
2002-2006: Assistant Professor, University of Kansas
2000-2002: Postdoctoral Fellow, Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA)
1998-2000: Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University, Department of Astronomy
1996-1998: Postgraduate Researcher, University of California, San Diego
1993-1996: Research/Teaching Assistant, University of California, San Diego


1996: Ph.D. (Physics) University of California at San Diego
1994: M.S., (Physics) University of California at San Diego 
1993: M.S., (Supreme Laude) Moscow Institute for Physics & Technology, Dolgoprudny, Russia


My research interests cover a wide variety of subjects in high-energy astrophysics and space physics, including: Gamma-ray bursts (the strongest and brightest explosions in the Universe), relativistic shock waves, magnetic field generation, radiation physics, observational aspects. Astrobiology: how life on Earth has been (and will be) affected by cosmogenic factors, such as gamma-ray bursts, supernovae, energetic solar flares, etc. Accretion physics: the dynamics of the gas infall onto strongly gravitating objects, signatures of black holes and neutron stars in the accretion spectra. Colsmology: transport phenomena (e.g. thermal conduction) in galaxy clusters, transport in irregular and chaotic magnetic fields, origin of magnetic fields in the Universe. Solar and stellar wind physics: structure of termination shocks, charge-exchange x-rays from shocks, nonlinear waves in the solar wind.

Selected Awards & Honors

  • 2010: The Ambrose Monell Foundation grant (IAS, Princeton)
  • 2009-2010: The Ib Henriksen Foundation support for visiting professors  (NBIA, Denmark)
  • 2009-2010: Danish National Bank program (for distinguished visitors) (NBIA, Denmark)
  • 2004-2007: DOE Junior Faculty grant (the career development grant similar to NSF Career grant)
  • 2006: Best Presentation Award from the Royal Society (UK), for the work on particle acceleration in gamma-ray bursts presented at the R. Soc. Meeting on GRBs
  • 1996: Friends of the International Center Fellowship, UC San Diego
  • 1993-1994: General Atomics Takeo Fukuda Fellowship (financial support for 1993-94)
  • 1993: American Physical Society Study Grant - support PPCF-3 summer school  
  • 1987-1993: Multiple awards for excellence in education, Moscow Institute for Physics and Technology

Department Communications
Paper of the Week

L. Z. Hadid, M. W. Morooka, J.‐E. Wahlund, L. Moore, T. E. Cravens*, M. M. Hedman, N. J. T. Edberg, E. Vigren, J. H. Waite Jr., R. Perryman, W. S. Kurth, W. M. Farrell, A. I. Eriksson, *KU Author

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