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Scientia Professor & ARC Professorial Fellow

Victor Flambaum


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+61(2) 9385 6060


Research Group(s): 


1974 B.Sc. (Physics) with Excellence, Novosibirsk University, USSR
1978 Ph.D, Institute of Nuclear Physics, Novosibirsk, USSR
1987 Doctor of Science (full professor degree)

Research Interests: 

My research interests include a number of challenging problems in atomic, molecular, nuclear, elementary particle, solid state physics, general relativity and astrophysics: violation of the fundamental symmetries (parity, time invariance, Lorentz), test of the theories of Grand Unification of elementary particles and their interactions, manifestations  of Dark matter and Dark energy in atomic in astrophysical phenomena, search for spatial and temporal variation of the fundamental constants in the Universe from the Big Bang to the present time (such variation is predicted by theories unifying gravity with other interactions), many-body theory and high-precision atomic calculations, quantum chaos and statistical theory, quantum effects in superstrong gravitational fields (black holes), high-temperature superconductivity, mesoscopic systems and conductance quantization.

Honours, Awards and Memberships: 


2012 Humboldt Research Award (highest German prize for international scientists) 

2012 Eureka Prize for Scientific Research (Australia)

2009 Lyle medal (Australian Academy of Science)

2009 Boas medal (Australian Institute of Physics)

2002 Centenary medal (Australia)

1983 Lenin Komsomol Prize (highest USSR prize with age limit)

1981 SD USSR Academy of Science award

1974 Award for best student research work, all-USSR competition

2005 UNSW award for Research Excellence in Science

2000 Templeton award (USA, International)


2000 Fellow of Australian Academy of Science

2014 Fellow of the Royal Society NSW

2013 Member of the Foundation questions instituite

2005 Argonne Fellowship (Argonne National Laboratory, USA)

2005 & 2010 ARC Australian Professorial Fellowship

2010 Fellow of American Physical Society

1992 Fellow of Australian Institute of Physics

2001 Faculty Professor, UNSW

2003,2009,2015  Scientia Professor, UNSW

2004 Member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

2004-2006 Member, National Committee for Physics


Selected Publications: 

400 publications in atomic, molecular, nuclear, elementary particle, solid state, statistical physics, general relativity, astrophysics and astrobiology in all branches of Physical Review (A,B,C,D,E), Science, Phys. Rev. Lett, EPL, Phys. Lett. A,B and leading specialised  journals. Over 150 invited talks at international conferences  and hundreds of invited talks at universities.

A. Flambaum, V. Flambaum. How to make a Big Bang: a cosmic journey. 2012, Langdon press, 236 pages.

Berengut JC; Flambaum VV; Ong A; Webb JK; Barrow JD; Barstow MA; Preval SP; Holberg JB
Limits on the dependence of the fine-structure constant on gravitational potential from white-dwarf spectra,
Physical Review Letters 111, 010801 (2013); Editor's Suggestion

Hohensee MA; Leefer N; Budker D; Harabati C; Dzuba VA; Flambaum VV
Limits on violations of Lorentz symmetry and the Einstein equivalence principle using radio-frequency spectroscopy of atomic dysprosium,
Physical Review Letters 111, 050401 (2013); Editor's Suggestion

Berengut JC; Dzuba VA; Flambaum VV
Enhanced laboratory sensitivity to variation of the fine-structure constant using highly charged ions
Physical Review Letters 105, 120801 (2010); Editor's Suggestion

Flambaum VV Exchange interaction and correlations radically changes behavior of a quantum particle in a classically forbidden region.   Phys. Rev. A80, 055401 (2009). APS selected this paper for December 2009 issue of Virtual Journalof Ultrafast Science http: www.vjultrafast.org covering a focused area of frontier research.

Dzuba VA; Berengut JC; Flambaum V; Roberts B
Revisiting parity nonconservation in cesium,
Physical Review Letters 109, 203003 (2012)

Derevianko A; Dzuba VA; Flambaum VV
Highly charged ions as a basis of optical atomic clockwork of exceptional accuracy,
Physical Review Letters 109, 180801 (2012)

Webb JK; King JA; Flambaum VV; Bainbridge MB; Murphy MT; Carswell RF
Indications of a spatial variation of the fine structure constant,
Physical Review Letters 107, 191101 (2011)