NRL's Dr. Igor Mazin named APS fellow

4/6/2005 - 13-05r
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Dr. Igor Mazin, a physicist in the Naval Research Laboratory's Material's Science and Technology Division, was recently elected a Fellow in the American Physical Society (APS). Dr. Mazin was recognized "for contribution to the quantitative theory of materials, including superconducting, magnetic and transport properties, using ab initio computational methods."

The APS Fellowship Program was created to recognize members who have made advances in knowledge through original research and publication or made significant and innovative contributions in the application of physics to science and technology. Each year, no more than one-half of one percent of the then current membership of the Society are recognized by their peers for election to the status of Fellow in APS.

Dr. Mazin was born in Moscow in 1955. While in high school, he won several prizes in the Moscow Olympiads for high school students, among them, a third prize in the Physics Olympiad, a second prize in Technical Physics, and a second prize in Linguistics. He attended the Moscow Institute for Steel and Alloys and graduated in 1977 with a masters degree in Physics of Metals. He got his doctoral degree in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics from the P.N. Lebedev Physical Institute in Moscow in 1984 and then became a staff member there.

Three years later, following the actual discovery of the high-Tc superconductivity, Dr. Mazin actively participated in this research, and continued working in this area as a Humboldt Fellow at the Max Planck Institute in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1988 and 1989. In 1988, he and a group of colleague received the highest official Soviet State Award for young scientists. He joined the Max Planck Institute in 1991 as a term staff scientist. There he actively collaborated with other researchers, which resulted in several high-impact (more than 100 citations) publications. In 1994 Dr. Mazin moved to the United States, and for two years was a visiting scientist at the Center for High Pressure Research in the Geophysical Laboratory at the Carnegie Institution in Washington, DC.

Since 1996 Dr. Mazin has worked at NRL in the Center for Computational Materials Science. His most important results at NRL include a series of works with Dr. D. Singh on superconductivity and magnetism in ruthenates, with an impressive counterintuitive prediction, later confirmed by the experiment, of antiferromagnetic fluctuations in this material. Other achievements include papers on half-metal magnets, on thermoelectric materials, and on superconducting/magnetic interfaces. His most recognized achievement during his tenure at NRL has been the theory of the two-band superconductivity in MgB2, a 40K superconductor (the highest known Tc except cuprates). He was the leading author of the first theoretical paper on this material (this work has been cited more than 500 times since 2001). He has also played the leading role in the first paper proposing two different superconducting gaps in MgB2, which was confirmed experimentally and is now generally accepted (this paper has nearly 300 citations). Dr. Mazin is the author of 150 scientific papers which have been cited about 4000 times.

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