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LiU Professor Igor Abrikosov receives prestigious award

The Göran Gustafsson Prize in physics goes for the fourth time to an LiU scientist.

Professor Igor Abrikosov, whose field is theoretical physics, has been awarded the Göran Gustafsson Prize in physics. This eminent award brings with it MSEK 4.5 earmarked for three years of research and an additional 100,000 kronor for optional use.

The award, from the Göran Gustafssons Foundation for natural science and medical research, was presented on March 31 in a ceremony organized by the Royal Academy of Science.

Four years ago, Professor Abrikosov joined the staff of the Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology (IFM) at the Institute of Technology. His research area covers a broad spectrum of fundamental problems within theoretical solid-state physics. This includes the development of ab initio methods and their implementation as computer codes, leading to applications for the properties of matter. The use of ab initio and subsequent testing raises the level of predictability and helps avoid potentially unsuccessful and expensive experiments.

"All crystalline properties are dependent on the density of their electrons," explains Professor Abrikosov. "Knowing the density is the first step in finding ways to create interesting new materials."

Forty-year-old Igor Abrikosov was born and raised in Russia. In 1991, after completing his doctoral work in Moscow, he entered the international scientific arena. His interest for physics dates from childhood days when he accompanied his mother—a physics teacher—to her workplace.

Igor Abrikosov is the fourth LiU researcher to receive the Göran Gustafsson Prize. Previously honored are LiU scientists Bertil Andersson, Olle Inganäs and Magnus Berggren.


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