Alexey Kavokin

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Alexey Kavokin
Prof. Alexey Kavokin
Born7 March 1970 (1970-03-07) (age 48)
ResidenceUnited Kingdom
NationalityRussian and French
Scientific career
FieldsSolid State Physics
InstitutionsUniversity of Southampton, Mediterranean Institute of Fundamental Physics, Saint Petersburg State University, Russian Quantum Center, Westlake University

Alexey V. Kavokin (born 7 March 1970 in Leningrad) is a Russian and French theoretical physicist and writer.[1]


He graduated from the Saint Petersburg Polytechnical University in 1991. He was a member of staff of the Ioffe Physico-Technical institute (1992 – 2000). He graduated from the Ioffe Physico-Technical institute in 1993, with a PhD in physics and mathematics, supervisor Prof. E.L. Ivchenko. He was a Professor at the Blaise Pascal University (Clermont-Ferrand, France, 1998 – 2005). He is a Professor at the University of Southampton (Southampton, United Kingdom, 2005 – present). In July 2010, he co-founded the Mediterranean Institute of Fundamental Physics with the support of Dr. Giuseppe Eramo and was appointed scientific director.[2] Since 2011, he is the head of the Spin Optics Laboratory at the University of Saint Petersburg. Since 2014 he is a Head of the Quantum Polaritonics group at the Russian Quantum Center. In 2018 Alexey Kavokin has joined the Westlake University (Hangzhou, China) as a Chair Professor and Director of the International Center for Polaritonics. He is married, with 4 children.

He is an expert in solid state optics and semiconductor physics.[3]

Prizes and awards[edit]

  • Honorary professor of the Vladimir State university, 2017
  • Doctor Honoris Causa of the Russian-Armenian University, Erevan, Armenia, 2017
  • Established Career Fellowship by EPSRC, UK 2012.
  • Winner of the “Megagrant” of the Russian Ministry of Science and Education, 2011.
  • Chairholder of the Marie Curie Chair of Excellence in Polaritonics, Rome, Tor Vergata, 2006.
  • Prize of the Scientific Council of A.F. Ioffe Institute for the Best Scientific Work of the year 1998 for “Observation of above-barrier exciton states” (with M.E. Sasin and R.P. Seisyan).
  • Prize of the Scientific Council of A.F. Ioffe Institute for the Best Scientific Work of the year 1996 for “Theory of exciton magnetic polarons” (with K.V. Kavokin and I.A. Merkulov).

Other responsibilities[edit]

Program Chairman: Forum “Science of the Future”, Sevastopol, 2015, Kazan 2016, Nizhniy Novgorod 2017

Member of Evaluation panel: Institut Universitaire de France, 2010, 2011

Expert of the French ANR program: 2009-2017, Horizon 2020: 2015-2017

Member of Material Science Panel for evaluation of CNR Laboratories (Italy), Since 2009

Editor of the “Superlattices and Microstructures”, Elsevier since 2016

Referee for the journals: Nature, Science, Physical Review Letters and others


Scientific output[edit]

> 300 publications in peer reviewed international scientific journals: 1 in Science, 2 in Nature, 3 in Nature Physics, 4 in Nature Photonics, 3 in Nature Communications, 1 in PNAS, 2 in Light: Science and Applications, 1 in Nano Letters, 42 in Physical Review Letters; 90 in Physical Review B, 10 in Applied Physics Letters, 4 Topical Reviews, > 10000 citations. h = 48 (Web of Science), h = 58 (Google scholar).

The most important publications[edit]

  • S. Hoefling and A.V. Kavokin, A historic experiment redesigned, Nature, 514, 313-314 (2014).
  • A. A. High, J. R. Leonard, A. T. Hammack, M. M. Fogler, L. V. Butov, A. V. Kavokin, K. L. Campman & A. C. Gossard, Spontaneous coherence in a cold exciton gas, Nature, 483, 584 (2012).
  • E.Wertz, L. Ferrier, D. D. Solnyshkov, R. Johne, D. Sanvitto, A. Lemaître I. Sagnes, R. Grousson, A. V. Kavokin, P. Senellart, G. Malpuech and J. Bloch, Spontaneous formation and optical manipulation of extended polariton condensates, Nature Physics, 6, 860 (2010).
  • K. Lagoudakis, T. Ostatnicky, A.V. Kavokin, Y.G. Rubo, R. Andre, and B. Deveaud-Pledran, Observation of Half-Quantum Vortices in an Exciton-Polariton Condensate, Science, 326, 974 (2009).
  • S. Christopoulos, G. Baldassarri von Högersthal, A. J. Grundy, P. G. Lagoudakis, A. V. Kavokin, J. J. Baumberg, G. Christmann, R. Butté, E. Feltin, J.-F. Carlin, and N. Grandjean, Room-Temperature Polariton Lasing in Semiconductor Microcavities, Phys. Rev. Lett. 98, 126405 (2007).
  • C. Leyder, M. Romanelli, J.Ph. Karr, E. Giacobino, T.C.H. Liew, M.M. Glazov, A.V. Kavokin, G. Malpuech, A. Bramati, A., Observation of the optical spin Hall effect, Nature Physics 3, 628 (2007).
  • I.A. Shelykh, Yuri G. Rubo, G. Malpuech, D. D. Solnyshkov, and A. Kavokin, Polarization and Propagation of Polariton Condensates, Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 066402 (2006).
  • M. Richard, J. Kasprzak, R. Andre, R. Romestein, Le Si Dang, G. Malpuech, and A.V. Kavokin, Experimental evidence for non-equilibrium Bose condensation of exciton-polaritons, Phys. Rev. B, 72, 201301 (2005).
  • A. Kavokin, G. Malpuech, and M. Glazov, Optical Spin Hall Effect, Phys. Rev. Lett. 95, 136601 (2005).
  • F. P. Laussy, G. Malpuech, A. Kavokin, and P. Bigenwald, Spontaneous Coherence Buildup in a Polariton Laser, Phys. Rev. Lett. 93, 016402 (2004).
  • T.V. Shubina,S.V. Ivanov,V. N. Jmerik, D. D. Solnyshkov,V. A. Vekshin, P. S. Kop’ev, A. Vasson, J. Leymarie, A. Kavokin, H. Amano, K. Shimono, A. Kasic and B. Monemar, Mie Resonances, Infrared Emission, and the Band Gap of InN, Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 117407 (2004).
  • G. Malpuech, A. Kavokin, A. Di Carlo and J.J. Baumberg, Polariton lasing by exciton-electron scattering in semiconductor microcavities, Phys. Rev. B 65, 153310 (2002).

Research monographs[edit]

  • A. V. Kavokin; G. Malpuech (2003). Cavity polaritons. Elsevier. ISBN 978-0-12-533032-9.
  • A. V. Kavokin; J.J. Baumberg; G. Malpuech & F.P. Laussy (2017). Microcavities (Second ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-922894-2.


  • "Saladin the Cat" (in Russian, ERA, Moscow, 2006)


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