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Mikhail V. Medvedev

Professor, Plasma Astrophysics/Space Physics
On Sabbatical Spring 2017
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

Honors & Awards:

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

Research Interests:

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.

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