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Igor Shovkovy

Professor
Faculty, POLY Campus, Mailcode 2780
Professor
Faculty, POLY Campus, Mailcode 2780
Biography

Igor Shovkovy is a professor in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts at Arizona State University. He received a Ph.D. degree in theoretical physics from Bogolyubov Institute for Theoretical Physics in 1997. He held postdoctoral research positions at the University of Cincinnati (1997-2000), the University of Minnesota (2000-2002), and Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University in Frankfurt on Main (2002-2004). Before joining the Arizona State University, Shovkovy held the positions of a junior fellow at the Frankfurt Institute for Advances Studies (2004-2006) and an assistant professor at Western Illinois University (2006-2008). Professor Shovkovy published a number of reviews and book chapters, more than 110 articles in refereed journals, and more than 30 contributions in conference proceedings. His expertise includes theoretical physics, nuclear physics, high-energy physics, and condensed matter physics.

Education
  • Ph. D. Theoretical Physics, Bogolyubov Institute for Theoretical Physics, Kiev, Ukraine 1997
  • M. Sc. Taras Shevchenko Kiev State University, Kiev, Ukraine 1993
Research Interests

Professor Shovkovy's main fields of research are theoretical nuclear, high-energy and condensed matter physics. He is interested in a range of problems related to matter under extreme conditions inside neutron stars, quark-gluon plasma created in heavy-ion collisions, physics of the early universe, as well as electronic properties of novel condensed matter materials (e.g., graphene, Dirac and Weyl semimetals, as well as topological insulators), aspects of mathematical physics, etc.

In recent years, a large fraction of Shovkovy's research was dedicated to studies of unusual properties of chiral forms of relativistic matter. He uses quantum field theoretical methods to study the properties of such matter.

Professor Shovkovy is known for his work on magnetic catalysis of symmetry breaking in quantum field theory and its applications in graphene, for studies of color superconductivity in dense quark matter, as well as his research on chiral forms of (quasi-)relativistic matter.

Research Group

Current Ph.D. student(s)

  • Denys Rybalka (Aug. 2015 -- May 2019)

Former Ph.D. students

  • Lifang Xia (Aug. 2013 -- May 2016), Ph. D. thesis defended on April 13, 2016
  • Xinyang Wang (Aug. 2009 -- Aug. 2013), Ph. D. thesis defended on July 2, 2013
  • Lang Yu (Jun. 2010 -- May 2012), Ph. D. thesis defended on April 6, 2012
Publications

List of publications 

External links: INSPIRE, arXiv, ADS, ResearcherID, Scopus, Google Scholar

    Selected reviews

    Selected publications

    Research Activity
    • Shovkovy,Igor*. Research in Quantum Field Theory: Anomalous Properties of Chiral Matter. NSF-MPS-PHY (8/1/2017 - 7/31/2020).
    • Shovkovy,Igor*. Research in quantum field theory: Relativistic matter in a magnetic field. NSF-MPS-PHY (7/15/2014 - 6/30/2018).
    • Shovkovy,Igor*. Relativistic Matter Under Extreme Conditions. NSF-MPS (9/1/2010 - 6/30/2014).
    Summer 2019
    Course NumberCourse Title
    PHY 792Research
    Spring 2019
    Course NumberCourse Title
    PHY 201Math Methods Physics I
    PHY 331Prin Modern Electromagnetism
    PHY 792Research
    PHY 799Dissertation
    Fall 2018
    Course NumberCourse Title
    PHY 302Mathematical Mthds Physics II
    PHY 331Prin Modern Electromagnetism
    PHY 792Research
    Summer 2018
    Course NumberCourse Title
    PHY 792Research
    Spring 2018
    Course NumberCourse Title
    PHY 201Math Methods Physics I
    PHY 331Prin Modern Electromagnetism
    PHY 493Honors Thesis
    PHY 792Research
    PHY 799Dissertation
    Fall 2017
    Course NumberCourse Title
    PHY 331Prin Modern Electromagnetism
    PHY 792Research
    Summer 2017
    Course NumberCourse Title
    PHY 792Research
    Spring 2017
    Course NumberCourse Title
    PHY 121Univ Physics I: Mechanics
    PHY 331Prin Modern Electromagnetism
    PHY 792Research
    PHY 799Dissertation
    Fall 2016
    Course NumberCourse Title
    PHY 121Univ Physics I: Mechanics
    PHY 331Prin Modern Electromagnetism
    PHY 792Research
    Summer 2016
    Course NumberCourse Title
    PHY 792Research
    Spring 2016
    Course NumberCourse Title
    PHY 121Univ Physics I: Mechanics
    PHY 331Prin Modern Electromagnetism
    PHY 792Research
    PHY 799Dissertation
    Fall 2015
    Course NumberCourse Title
    PHY 121Univ Physics I: Mechanics
    PHY 331Prin Modern Electromagnetism
    PHY 792Research
    Spring 2015
    Course NumberCourse Title
    PHY 112General Physics
    PHY 331Prin Modern Electromagnetism
    PHY 792Research
    PHY 799Dissertation
    Fall 2014
    Course NumberCourse Title
    PHY 792Research
    Honors / Awards
    • 2014: Visiting Professorship for Senior International Scientists of the Chinese Academy of Sciences
    • 2011Outstanding Referee for the journals of the American Physical Society
    • 1997: Prize of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine for young scientists
    • 1997: V. N. Gribov Scholarship & "Best Theoretical Presentation" award at the International School of Subnuclear Physics (35th course), Erice, Italy
    Service
    • University Promotion and Tenure Committee, Member (2017 -- 2020)
    • University Senate, President-Elect (2016-2017), President (2017-2018) and Past-President (2018-2019) of the Polytechnic Campus Assembly 
    • Interim Physics Program Leader, Science and Mathematics Faculty, College of Letters and
      Sciences (Spring 2016)
    • University Undergraduate Standards Committee, Member (2013 - 2015)
    • Contract Faculty and IP Review Committee, Science and Mathematics Faculty, SLS, Member (2012) and Chair (2013 - 2015)
    • Multiple Search Committees, Science and Mathematics Faculty, College of Letters and Sciences, Chair (2014), Member (2015)