Igor Shovkovy

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Biography

Igor Shovkovy is a professor in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts at Arizona State University. He received a doctoral 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 Arizona State University, Shovkovy held the positions of a junior fellow at the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced 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 100 articles in refereed journals, and dozens of contributions in conference proceedings. His expertise includes theoretical physics, nuclear physics, high-energy physics and condensed matter physics. His honors and awards include a visiting professorship for senior international scientists of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (2014), a prize of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine for young scientists (1997), and the V. N. Gribov Scholarship & "Best Theoretical Presentation" award at the International School of Subnuclear Physics (35th course), Erice, Italy in 1997.

Education

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

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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

Former Ph.D. students

  • Denys Rybalka (Aug. 2015 -- May 2019), Ph. D. thesis defended on March 25, 2019
  • 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, Publons, Scopus, Google Scholar

Selected reviews

Selected publications‚Äč

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).

Courses

Fall 2019
Course Number Course Title
PHY 302 Mathematical Mthds Physics II
PHY 331 Prin Modern Electromagnetism
PHY 792 Research
Summer 2019
Course Number Course Title
PHY 792 Research
Spring 2019
Course Number Course Title
PHY 201 Math Methods Physics I
PHY 331 Prin Modern Electromagnetism
PHY 792 Research
PHY 799 Dissertation
Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
PHY 302 Mathematical Mthds Physics II
PHY 331 Prin Modern Electromagnetism
PHY 792 Research
Summer 2018
Course Number Course Title
PHY 792 Research
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
PHY 201 Math Methods Physics I
PHY 331 Prin Modern Electromagnetism
PHY 493 Honors Thesis
PHY 792 Research
PHY 799 Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
PHY 331 Prin Modern Electromagnetism
PHY 792 Research
Summer 2017
Course Number Course Title
PHY 792 Research
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
PHY 121 Univ Physics I: Mechanics
PHY 331 Prin Modern Electromagnetism
PHY 792 Research
PHY 799 Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
PHY 121 Univ Physics I: Mechanics
PHY 331 Prin Modern Electromagnetism
PHY 792 Research
Summer 2016
Course Number Course Title
PHY 792 Research
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
PHY 121 Univ Physics I: Mechanics
PHY 331 Prin Modern Electromagnetism
PHY 792 Research
PHY 799 Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
PHY 121 Univ Physics I: Mechanics
PHY 331 Prin Modern Electromagnetism
PHY 792 Research
Spring 2015
Course Number Course Title
PHY 112 General Physics
PHY 331 Prin Modern Electromagnetism
PHY 792 Research
PHY 799 Dissertation

Honors/Awards

  • 2014: Visiting Professorship for Senior International Scientists, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • 2011: Outstanding 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) in 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)