PhD's Program “Optics and Quantum Chemistry”

Doctoral students will be involved in research projects at the Laboratory for Nonlinear Optics and Spectroscopy under the supervision of the laboratory head Dr. Sergey Polyutov.

The Laboratory for Nonlinear Optics and Spectroscopy of Siberian Federal University warmly welcomes any talented students to join our Lab. You will get an extensive research experience and become involved in the international projects we are doing together with our colleagues worldwide. You will be able to attend various PhD courses related to the lab’s research. We are a young and developing research group of talented students and postdocs and you will have much fun if you join the team. Our students tend to attend international conferences and visit international research centers. The visits are supported through internal funding and external grants.

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Dr. Sergey Polyutov

Laboratory for Nonlinear Optics and Spectroscopy, Siberian Federal University

Phone: +7 965 906-21-87

Research experience

  • Head of Laboratory for Nonlinear Optics and Spectroscopy, Siberian Federal University, Krasnoyarsk, Russia
  • Researcher (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) at the “Molecular quantum dynamics laboratory”, Rostock University/Institute for Physics, Rostock, Germany
  • Postdoctoral research position at the department of Chemical Physics, Lund University, Lund, Sweden
  • University Lecturer at the Department of Physics, Rostov-on-Don State University of Transport Communications, Rostov-on-Don, Russia
  • Research Assistant and PhD student at Theoretical Chemistry Department, the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Junior Researcher at the Laboratory of Mathematical Problems of Laser Physics, Institute of Computational Modeling SB RAS, Krasnoyarsk, Russia

Research interests

  • Spectroscopy, Nonlinear Optics and Photonics: 2D Spectroscopy, Photon Echo, Light Propagation in Non-Linear Media; Dynamics of Multi-Photon Processes; Photobleaching. Light Harvesting.
  • Mathematical Modeling of various physical effects (in particular, those related to solving stiff and non-stiff systems of differential equations).
  • X-ray Physics: Calculations of X-ray Raman and Auger scattering and absorption spectra.
  • Atomic Optics: Laser cooling and trapping of atoms. Kinetics of particles in resonant light fields.
  • Quantum Chemistry.

Peer-reviewed journals

  • Physics Reports, Physical Review Letters, JETP letters, Phys. Rev. A, Phys. Rev. B, JOSA B, Chem. Phys, J. Phys. Chem. A, J. Phys. B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys., JETP, Russian Physics Journal, Computa¬tional Technologies.
  • Polyutov, S., Kühn, O., Pullerits, T. Exciton-vibrational coupling in molecular aggregates: Electronic versus vibronic dimer, Chem. Phys., iss.1, v. 394 (2012) (Journal cover paper)
  • Schroter, M., Ivanov, S.D., Schulze, J., Polyutov, S.P., Yan, Y., Pullerits, T., Kuhn, O. “Exciton-Vibra¬tional Coupling in the Dynamics and Spectroscopy of Frenkel Excitons in Molecular Aggregates”, Physics Reports, v. 567 (2015), pp. 1–78 (2015) (Review)
  • Baev, A., Kimberg, V., Polyutov, S., Gelmukhanov, F., Ågren, H. Bi-directional description of amplified spontaneous emission induced by three-photon absorption, J. of Opt. Soc. of Am. B 22, 385-393 (2005)
  • Polyutov, S., Minkov, I., Gelmukhanov, F., Ågren, H. Interplay of one- and two-step channels in electro-vibrational two-photon absorption, J. Phys. Chem. A 109, 9507 (2005)
  • Kimberg, V., Polyutov, S., Gelmukhanov, F., Ågren, H., Baev, A., Zheng, Q., He, G. Dynamics of cavi¬tyless lasing generated by ultra-fast multi-photon excitatio, Phys. Rev. A, 74, 033814 (2006)
  • Kikas, A., Kaambre, T., Saar, A., Kooser, K., Nõmmiste, E., Martinson, I., Kimberg, V., Polyutov, S.,
  • Gelmukhanov, F. Resonant inelastic x-ray scattering at the F 1s photoabsorption edge in LiF: Interplay of excitonic and conduction states, and Stokes’ doubling, Physical Review B, 70, 085102 (2004)
  • Hennies, F., Polyutov, S., Minkov, I., Pietzsch, A., Nagasono, M., Gelmukhanov, F., Triguero, L., Piancastelli, M.-N., Wurth, W., Ågren, H., Föhlisch, A. Dynamic Interpretation of Resonant Inelastic X-ray Scattering: Ethylene and Benzene, Phys. Rev. A 76, 032505 (2007)
  • Gavriluk, A.P., Krasnov, I.V., Polyutov, S.P., Shaparev, N.Ya., Resonance laser actions is an effective method of control of the gas and plasma substance, Russian Physics Journal, v.42, p.744 (1999)
  • Gavriluk, A.P., Krasnov, I.V., Polyutov, S.P., Shaparev, N.Ya., The optical membrane in a gas flow (in Russian), Computational Technologies, v.4, N7 (1999)
Duration: 4 years
(this period can be shorter depending on the availability of a PhD thesis)
Language: English
Entry requirements: Master’s degree in Chemistry (Quantum Chemistry), or in Physics (preferably in Optics), or in Biophysics, an adequate level of English proficiency (certificate or other document)
Apply to The Centre for International Education and Certified Testing for a certificate if you do not have it, the Russian language preparatory course is available.
Tuition fee: € 2,400. The cost does not include accommodation and living expenses.
Accommodation: On-campus accommodation is available: single ensuite room 45 € per month, twin ensuite room 30 € per month.
Practicalities: Airport transfer, invitation letter for a Russian study visa and an optional survival course of Russian as a foreign language are provided by the University.
  • Chemical Physics in Biology (artificial photosynthesis, light harvesting, molecular aggregates, exciton theory)
  • Nonlinear Optics (laser pulse propagation through nonlinear media, multi-photon processes, etc.)
  • Spectroscopy (2D optical Fourier-spectroscopy, photon echo spectroscopy, resonant x-ray spectroscopy, etc)
  • Quantum Chemistry (applying QC to the problems in 1-3)
  • Any interesting topic the candidate may propose related to the topics discussed in 1-4
Course Time spent (in hours) Semester
Basic courses
Physical Optics 2 (72) 1
Nonlinear Optics II (Introduction to Nonlinear Spectroscopy and Response theory) 2 (72) 3
Nonlinear Optics III (Applications) 2 (72) 4
Plasmonics of nanoparticle structures 2 (72) 5
Processing of experimental data 3 (108)
Methodology of PhD Thesis Preparation 3 (108)
Academic English 3 (108)
Basic English 3 (108)
Russian (fee will apply) 3 (108)

Dr. Sergey Polyutov, Laboratory for Nonlinear Optics and Spectroscopy, Siberian Federal University

Phone: +7 965 906-21-87

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