Dep. 7 Experimental Nuclear Physics and Cosmophysics

National Research Nuclear University MEPhI

Our department


The department №7 "Experimental Nuclear Physics" was founded in December 1945.

Artem Isaakovich Alikhanyan

The first head of the department was Corresponding member of the USSR Academy of Sciences A.I. Alikhanyan. Together with him, the first professors began to work: Academician L.A. Artsimovich, Corresponding member of the USSR Academy of Sciences I.I. Gurevich and S.Ya. Nikitin. These are scientists who made a significant contribution to the creation of nuclear weapons in the country. In different years the professors of the department were academicians: V.I. Goldansky, A.M. Baldin, S.I. Nikolsky.

Today the Department of Experimental Nuclear Physics and Cosmophysics is one of the leading scientific and educational units in Russia, which trains students (bachelors and masters) in two modern scientific directions: Nuclear Physics and Cosmophysics and Physics of Fundamental Interactions. Leading Russian scientists, many of them are chiefs of large experimental installations and known in the world, are taking part in the educational process, enabling young generation (students or schoolchildren) to get acquainted and take part in advanced scientific research on unique experimental equipment.

Graduates of the department оhave deep knowledge in experimental nuclear physics, fundamental and applied nuclear cosmophysics, physics of fundamental interactions, in the development and application of new nuclear physics methods and experimental instruments.
Some graduates of the department are leading scientists and specialists, working at large scientific organizations.

Today the department employs highly qualified teaching and scientific personnel, including doctors and candidates of sciences. For example, the pilot-cosmonaut, the hero of Russia S.V. Avdeev is one of the lecturers. Bachelors and masters, as well as postgraduate students, are trained at the department. Annually the department graduatess qualified specialists who later have the opportunity to work at the Russian Academy of Sciences and industrial organization (Roskosmos, Rosatom, etc.), as well as work at foreign scientific institutes and laboratories.

СThe older generation of the staff of the department has a huge experience, accumulated in the constantly executed developments and experiments which are shared with the younger generation. Such cooperation allows the department to remain on the top of modern science.
Many world scientific results in nuclear physics, physics of fundamental interactions and the exploration of the cosmos were obtained with the participation of our employees and graduates.

Heads of the department

During the existence of the department, its leaders changed, but all they were leading scientists who took an active part in the formation and development of nuclear science, the study of the structure of matter and cosmophysics.

1946 - 1960
Corresponding Member of the USSR Academy of Sciences Alikhanyan A.I.
1960 - 1969
Professor Rosenthal I.L.
1969 - 1987
Professor Kirillov-Ugryumov V.G.
1987 - 2007
Professor Sergeyev F.M.
2007 - 2012
Professor Dmitrenko V.V.
2012 - 2017
Academician Danilov M.V.
2017 - 2018
Assistant prof. Grachev V.М.
2018 - Present
Executive Director of INPhE Barbashina N.S.


Heads of the Department

  • Barbashina Natalia
  • Executive Head
    of the Department
  • Bulekov Oleg
  • Deputy Head
    of Academic Affairs
  • Koldobskiy Sergey
  • Secretary
    of the Department
  • Mayorov Andrey
  • Educational & science

Directors of the scientific laboratories

  • Galper Arkadiy
  • Institute of Cosmophysics
  • Somov Sergey
  • Laboratory of Fundamental Interactions
  • Bolozdynya Aleksander
  • Laboratory of Experimental Nuclear Physics
  • Kotov Yuriy
  • Institute of Astrophysics
  • Dmitrienko Valeriy
  • Radiation laboratory
  • Danilov Mikhail
  • Laboratory in LPI of RAS

Students' opinions

Golub Olga, Б14-101 (4 year, 2018)

Work on the department began immediately after the choice of scientific direction. I was interested in cosmic rays and dark matter, so I was offered to participate in the work of the PAMELA collaboration. My first task was to identify the cosmic gamma radiation using PAMELA data; I presented the results at a scientific conference in the city of Yaroslavl.
After entering the department 7, I've never regretted the choice I made. Here, a friendly atmosphere reigns, and if you have questions, you can always ask for help from the staff of the department. Teachers strongly contribute to the professional development of students.

Yulbarisov Rustam, Б14-101 (4 year, 2018)

In the spring of the second year I learned from a friend about a scientific club, where they talked about group theory, cosmology and astrophysics. We attended it once a week, and I really liked those lectures. The teacher, who leaded the club, was reading courses for masters at the department 7. This was the beginning of my acquaintance with the department.
From the third year in the number of department subgects increased, many of which turned out to be interesting and informative. At the beginning of the the spring semester we were sent to scientific groups to start research work. I was interested in the physics of the Sun and I was sent to the PAMELA Collaboration.
The first work was introductory, I got my first ideas about scientific work and basic skills in processing experimental data. Further work was more serious and it is about establishing the relationship of coronal holes on the Sun with 27-day variations in the fluxes of galactic cosmic rays. Its results were included in the thesis, and I plan continue research during Masters.
Work at the department is very interesting and really relevant. The supervisor helps in solving problems that arise, shows the right way. The team is very kind and friendly.
Come to study with us!

Дашанова Екатерина, С15-103 (2018)

Когда мы пришли на экскурсию на кафедру 7, я даже не могла представить, что она закончится на Неводе. Поэтому пыталась максимально вникать. Даже запомнила, что сначала был многослойный сцинтилляционный спектрометр "Альфа-электрон" (ну, конечно же, не запомнила, а записала), и что предназначен он для регистрации заряженных частиц. Про то, как подобные спектрометры устанавливают на МКС, сколько времени занимает работа над электроникой, покрытием, запомнилось почти всё. Возможно, потому что это ближе к жизни.
Последующие спектрометры были больше и мощнее. Отдельно хочется сказать про центр, где нас обязали надеть белые халаты. Рассказ был полный, интересный, но из-за того, что я не правильно рассчитала время и опаздывала, сконцентрировать внимание на экскурсии, увы, не удавалось. Время шло, собственно, как и экскурсия, и в какой-то момент я решила, что планы надо отменить. Отменились они, к счастью, безболезненно, поэтому на Невод я пришла готовая внимательно слушать и "впитывать" информацию. Размеры Невода поразили своей масштабностью: я была там впервые, собственно, как и слушала про него из компетентных уст в первый раз.
Удивил факт, что вместе с нами на экскурсии был иностранный научный сотрудник, а значит, исследования и эксперименты, которые проводятся сейчас в МИФИ, актуальны и интересны мировому сообществу. А мы, студенты, олицетворяя инертность, каждый день ходим мимо технического чуда, не обращая на него малейшего внимания.
Огромное спасибо за экскурсию, значительно расширившую лично мой кругозор.

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The texts sent for posting on the website are slightly shortened, the photos were taken by the students themselves.
Once the complex NEVOD belonged to the department 7. Later he grew up in an independent division.