Viatcheslav Mukhanov

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Viatcheslav Mukhanov
Born (1956-10-02) 2 October 1956 (age 67)
Alma materMoscow Institute of Physics and Technology
Known forPredicting quantum origin of the Universe structure
Scientific career
FieldsCosmology, Theoretical physics
InstitutionsLudwig Maximilian University of Munich
Doctoral advisorVitaly Ginzburg

Viatcheslav Fyodorovich Mukhanov (Russian: Вячесла́в Фёдорович Муха́нов; born October 2, 1956) is a Soviet/Russian born German theoretical physicist and cosmologist. He is best known for the theory of Quantum Origin of the Universe Structure. Working in 1980-1981 with Gennady Chibisov in the Lebedev Physical Institute in Moscow he predicted the spectrum of inhomogeneities in the Universe, which are originated from the initial quantum fluctuations. The numerous experiments in which there were measured the temperature fluctuations of the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation are in excellent agreement with this theoretical prediction, thus confirming that the galaxies and their clusters originated from the initial quantum fluctuations. Later on Mukhanov proved that the results he obtained with G. Chibisov in 1981 are of the generic origin and he has developed the general consistent quantum cosmological perturbation theory.

Since 2006, Mukhanov is the Scientific Director of the Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics.



  • Mukhanov, Viatcheslav and Chibisov Gennady: "Quantum fluctuations and a nonsingular Universe", JETP Lett, 33, No.10, 532 (1981), see also
  • Mukhanov, V. F., and Feldman, H. A., and Brandenberger, R. H.: "Theory of Cosmological Perturbations", Physics Reports (1992)
  • Mukhanov, Viatcheslav,Physical Foundations of Cosmology, Cambridge University Press, 2005. ISBN 0-521-56398-4
  • Mukhanov, Viatcheslav and Winizki, Sergei,"Introduction to Quantum Effects in Gravity", Cambridge University Press, 2007. ISBN 0521868343

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