Yuri Kivshar

Yuri S. Kivshar

Kivshar in June 2014
Born April 3, 1959 (1959-04-03) (age 57)
Ukrainian SSR
Citizenship Australia
Fields Physics
Institutions Australian National University
Alma mater Verkin Institute for Low Temperature Physics and Engineering
Known for

Yuri S. Kivshar (born in Ukrainian SSR, USSR), Australian Scientist, distinguished professor, head of Nonlinear Physics Centre of The Australian National University (ANU) (Canberra, Australia) and The International Research Centre for Nanophotonics and Metamaterials (St. Petersburg, Russia), Australian Federation Fellow.[1]


Yuri Kivshar was born in Kharkiv, Ukraine. He studied at Kharkiv school founded by nobel prize laureate Lev Landau. In 1984 he received Doctor of Philosophy degree and in 1989 aged 30 he became the youngest research fellow of Verkin Institute for Low Temperature Physics and Engineering.


Starting from 1991 he worked as a scientist in USA, Finland, Spain, Germany[2] and in 1993 he was invited to the Optical Sciences Centre of Australia and later founded his own laboratory Nonlinear Physics Centre of ANU.

Starting from 2000 Yurii Kivshar worked in different fields of nonlinear optics and carried out research of solitons and metamaterials, nonlinear photonic crystal and composite materials theories.

He made fundamental impact into self-focusing effect,[3][4][5] metamaterials,[6][7][8] dielectric nanoantennas,[9] topological insulators,[10] optic signal processing and optic communications. He also discovered series of solitons and described their properties.

In 2010 Yurii Kivshar was invited to St. Petersburg, Russia in terms of government Megagrant program.[11] He became a scientific leader of the International Research Centre for Nanophotonics and Metamaterials of the ITMO University (Saint-Petersburg, Russia).


Professor Kivshar authored and co-authored more than 850 papers.[12] His h-index is 99.[13] His work has generated over 38,000 citations.


Throughout his career he has received awards and has continued contributing to nonlinear optics and electrodynamics.


Year Description Contribution
2014 Harrie Massey Medal and Prize For work in the field of nonlinear optics, metamaterials and metadevices[14]
2014 Lebedev Medal For outstanding achievements in advancing laser science and engineering, facilitating the exchange of information and popularization of laser science.[15]
2007 Thomas Ranken Lyle Medal Research in the field of nonlinear optics
2005 Walter Boas Medal Research in physics

See also


  1. Approved Fellows: Resident Australians Archived April 13, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. Dr. Kivshar's Long-Term Positions
  3. Kivshar, Yuri; Pelinovsky, Dmitry. "Self-focusing and transverse instabilities of solitary waves". Physics Reports. 331 (4): 117–195. doi:10.1016/s0370-1573(99)00106-4.
  4. Kivshar, Yuri S. (15 July 1993). "Self-localization in arrays of defocusing waveguides". Optics Letters. 18 (14): 1147. doi:10.1364/OL.18.001147.
  5. Davoyan, Arthur R.; Shadrivov, Ilya V.; Kivshar, Yuri S. (12 November 2009). "Self-focusing and spatial plasmon-polariton solitons". Optics Express. 17 (24): 21732. doi:10.1364/OE.17.021732.
  6. Poddubny, Alexander; Iorsh, Ivan; Belov, Pavel; Kivshar, Yuri (28 November 2013). "Hyperbolic metamaterials". Nature Photonics. 7 (12): 948–957. doi:10.1038/nphoton.2013.243.
  7. Decker, Manuel; Staude, Isabelle; Shishkin, Ivan I.; Samusev, Kirill B.; Parkinson, Patrick; Sreenivasan, Varun K. A.; Minovich, Alexander; Miroshnichenko, Andrey E.; Zvyagin, Andrei; Jagadish, Chennupati; Neshev, Dragomir N.; Kivshar, Yuri S. (12 December 2013). "Dual-channel spontaneous emission of quantum dots in magnetic metamaterials". Nature Communications. 4. doi:10.1038/ncomms3949.
  8. Kapitanova, Polina V.; Ginzburg, Pavel; Rodríguez-Fortuño, Francisco J.; Filonov, Dmitry S.; Voroshilov, Pavel M.; Belov, Pavel A.; Poddubny, Alexander N.; Kivshar, Yuri S.; Wurtz, Gregory A.; Zayats, Anatoly V. (14 February 2014). "Photonic spin Hall effect in hyperbolic metamaterials for polarization-controlled routing of subwavelength modes". Nature Communications. 5. doi:10.1038/ncomms4226.
  9. Krasnok, Alexander E.; Simovski, Constantin R.; Belov, Pavel A.; Kivshar, Yuri S. (2014). "Superdirective dielectric nanoantennas". Nanoscale. 6 (13): 7354. doi:10.1039/C4NR01231C.
  10. Slobozhanyuk, Alexey P.; Poddubny, Alexander N.; Miroshnichenko, Andrey E.; Belov, Pavel A.; Kivshar, Yuri S. (24 March 2015). "Subwavelength Topological Edge States in Optically Resonant Dielectric Structures". Physical Review Letters. 114 (12). doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.114.123901.
  11. Attraction of the leading scientists to Russian institutions
  12. Publications of Yuri S. Kivshar
  13. "Google Scholar: Yuri Kivshar".
  14. Professor Yuri Kivshar awarded prestigious Medal and Prize
  15. Professor Yuri Kivshar awarded Lebedev Medal
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