Anatoli Afanasjev

Anatoli Afanasjev

Anatoli Afanasjev

Professor, Theoretical Low-Energy Nuclear Physics (Computational)

134 Hilbun Hall
Mississippi State, MS 39762


Dr. Anatoli Afansjev is a Professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at Mississippi State University. He is interested in the studies of the properties of superheavy nuclei, where proton- and neutron-rich nuclei play an important role in astrophysical processes, pairing correlations, etc. His research is performed in close collaboration with world leading theoretical and experimental groups and requires the development of theoretical formalism, employing the methods of quantum many body theory based on the Dirac equation, computational tools and their application to the analysis of experimental data.

Graduate Students

  • Udeshika Perera, joined Fa2018, PhD Fall 2020
  • Ahmad Taninah, joined Fa2016, MS 2019
  • Saja Teeti, joined Fa2017
  • Sylvester Agbemava, PhD 2018
  • Debisree Ray, PhD 2017
  • Omadillo Abdurazakov, 2011
  • Sheeren Shawaqfeh, 2009-2010
  • Riyan Mu, 2008-2009
  • Hazem Abusara, MS 2008, PhD 2011
  • Jonathan Begnaud, 2007 (undergraduate)
  • Chang Woon Jang, 2006-2007

Teaching Areas

  • PH4323/PH6323 Electromagnetic Fields I
  • PH4333/PH6333 Electromagnetic Fields II
  • PH2223 Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism
  • PH8743 Quantum Mechanics I
  • Directed Individual Studies: Advanced Theoretical Nuclear Structure
  • Directed Individual Studies: Theoretical Nuclear Structure

Education

  • Hab. Ph. D. in Physics, University of Latvia, 1999
  • Ph. D. in Theoretical Nuclear Physics, Latvian Academy of Sciences, 1993
  • M.S. in Physics, Latvian State University, 1984

Experience

  • 2010-present: Professor, Mississippi State University
  • 2007-2010: Associate Professor, Mississippi State University
  • 2005-2007: Assistant Professor, Mississippi State University
  • 2002-2005: Research Assistant Professor, University of Notre-Dame
  • 2001-2002: Visiting Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory
  • 2000-2001: Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Notre-Dame
  • 01/2000-07/2000: Research Associate, Technical University of Munich, Germany
  • 1998-2000: Alexander von Humboldt fellow, Technical University of Munich, Germany
  • 01/1999: Senior Researcher, Laboratory of Radiation Physics, Institute of Solid State PHysics, University of Latvia, Latvia
  • 02/1994-12/1998: Senior Researcher, Nuclear Reaction Laboratory, Nuclear Research Center, Latvian Academy of Sciences, Latvia
  • 09/1993-12/1993; 08/1994-04/1995; 12/1995-06/1996; 03/1997-04/1998: Visiting Scientist, Lund Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • 03/1998: Visiting Scientist, State University of New York
  • 10/1996-12/1996: Visiting Scientist, NORDITA - Nordisk Institut for Teoretisk Fysik, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 06/1996-08/1996: Visiting Scientist, Technical University of Munich, Germany
  • 05/1995-10/1995; 01/1997-02/1997: Volkswagenstiftung Fellow, Technical University of Munich, Germany
  • 03/1993-02/1994: Researcher, Nuclear Reaction Laboratory, Nuclear Research Center, Latvian Academy of Sciences, Latvia
  • 09/1986-03/1993: Senior engineer of Nuclear Safety Service, Nuclear Reactor, Nuclear Research Center, Latvian Academy of Sciences, Latvia
  • Use of various programming languages: Fortran, MATLAB, TurboPascal, Basic, and PL1

Research Interests

  • The physical properties of atomic nuclei at normal and extreme conditions and the development of microscopic self-consistent theories.
  • The response of nuclei to fast rotation: smooth band termination and superdeformation.
Publication Impact
Google Scholar Web of Science Scopus
Total number of citations 6490 3982 5114
Number of articles 153 179
h-index 43 35 36
Number of citations to most cited publication 890 626 675
Number of articles cited more than 100 times 14 9 11
Number of articles cited more than 50 times 39 26 27
i10-index 108 93
Last updated 2019/10/07 2018/12/31 2019/10/07

Recent Publications

  • A. V. Afanasjev, S. E. Agbemava, A. Gyawali Hyperheavy nuclei: existence and stability, Physics Letters B 782 (2018) 533-540
  • A. V. Afanasjev, Cluster structures, ellipsoidal shapes and nuclear molecules in light A = 12 − 50 nuclei, European Physical Journal, Web of Conferences 194 (2018) 06001: 1-6
  • S. E. Agbemava, A. V. Afanasjev and A. Taninah, Propagation of statistical uncertainties in covariant density functional theory: Ground state observables and single-particle properties, Physical Review C 99, 014318 (2019): 1-24
  • S. E. Agbemava, A. V. Afanasjev, A. Taninah, and A. Gyawali, Extension of the nuclear landscape to hyperheavy nuclei, Physical Review C 99, 034316 (2019): 1-26
  • A. V. Afanasjev, N. Itagaki and D. Ray, Rotational excitations in near neutron-drip line nuclei: the birth and death of particle-bound rotational bands and the extension of nuclear landscape beyond spin zero neutron drip line. Physics Letters B 794 (2019) 7-13
  • A. V. Afanasjev, N. Itagaki and D. Ray, Rotational excitations in near neutron-drip line nuclei: the birth and death of particle-bound rotational bands and the extension of nuclear landscape beyond spin zero neutron drip line. Physics Letters B 794 (2019) 7-13

Selected Presentations at Conferences/Workshops

Seattle-(USA)-2005:

"Cranking Relativistic Hartree-Bogoliubov theory: pairing in rotating nuclei and the problem of proton-neutron pairing", Institute of Nuclear Theory workshop "Pairing degrees of freedom in nuclei and the problem of proton-neutron pairing" (invited talk)
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Lund-(Sweden)-2005:

"Superheavy nuclei: relativistic mean field outlook", International conference on finite fermionic systems: Nilsson model 50 years June 14-18, 2005, Lund, Sweden (invited talk)
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Honors/Professional Activities

  • 2010 State Pride Award, Mississippi State University
  • 2011 James W. Bagley faculty award, Mississippi State University
  • 2013 Fellow of American Physical Society
  • 2013-2014 Dean’s Eminent Scholar, College of Arts and Sciences, Mississippi State University
  • 2014 ORED Faculty Research Award for the College of Arts Sciences, Mississippi State University
  • 2014 College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Research Award Recepient, Mississippi State University
  • 2015 - APS-IUSSTF Professorship Award in Physics, APS-IUSSTF = American Physical Society (APS) and Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF)
  • 2015 - Invitation fellow of Japan Society for Promotion of Science
  • 2018 - Visiting Professor at Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan