National Physical Laboratory

Oleg Astafiev


Oleg Astafiev

Oleg Astafiev received his Masters degree in Physics and Electronics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, and a PhD in Physics and Mathematics from the General Physics Institute, Russian Academy of Science.

During his about 30-year scientific career, Oleg mostly conducted research in the area of solid state physics, starting at the Institute of General Physics in Moscow. From 1997 until 2013, he worked in Japan. Oleg spent five years at Tokyo University as a postdoctoral researcher working on developing terahertz photon detectors on GaAs quantum dots. The results of this work were published in Nature in 2000. Since 2002, Oleg joined a team at NEC Fundamental Research Laboratories and worked on superconducting quantum bits. In 2005, he was appointed Principal Researcher, during which period he actively participated in the foundation of a new direction of research - quantum optics and quantum electronics on superconducting artificial atoms - which resulted in a series of pioneering publications in Nature (four), Science (one) and Physical Review Letters (six). In 2013, Oleg was appointed Professor of Physics at the Royal Holloway, University of London, and Visiting Professor at NPL.

Current interests

Oleg's main research direction at NPL is investigation of the novel approaches for the current standard based on the coherent quantum phase slip effect, which he and coauthors have recently demonstrated.

Contact details

Tel: +44 1784 414 916

Last Updated: 27 Feb 2015
Created: 16 Feb 2015


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