General Information

Bychenkov Valery Yu.

Present Status: Professor; Head of the lab, P.N. Lebedev Physics Institute; Head of the lab, Center for Fundamental and Applied Research, VNIIA, ROSATOM.

Address: Leninsky Pr. 53, Moscow 119991, Russia; Tel: +7 499 1326421;



Doctor of Science, (Plasma Physics), P. N. Lebedev Physics Institute. Thesis title:

"Kinetic Theory of Ion-Acoustic Turbulence and Anomalous Transport".


Ph.D. (Plasma Physics), P. N. Lebedev Physics Institute.Thesis title: "Theoretical Investigation of Turbulent State of  Parametrically Unstable Plasmas".


M.Sc., Moscow Engineering Physical Institute.

Professional Experience







Head of the Lab, Department of Quantum Radiophysics, P. N. Lebedev Physics Institute of the Russian Academy of Science, Moscow.

Head of Plasma Physics Laboratory, Center of Fundamental and Applied Research, VNIIA, ROSATOM, Moscow.

Chief Scientist, Department of Quantum Radiophysics, P. N. Lebedev Physics Institute. 

Chief Scientist, Department of Quantum Radiophysics, P. N. Lebedev Physics Institute.


Head Scientist in P. N. Lebedev Physics Institute.



Senior Research Fellow in P. N. Lebedev Physics Institute.


Junior Research Fellow in P. N. Lebedev Physics Institute.


PhD Student in P. N. Lebedev Physics Institute.


Undergraduate Student, Moscow Engineering Physical Institute.

1992 -  now




Visiting Professor for 1-4 months, University of  Alberta, Canada (25 times); Bochum University, Germany (2 times); INRS-Energie, Quebec, Canada (2 times); ILE Osaka University, Japan (1 time), Bordeaux University, France (2 times).

Numerous short-term collaboration visits to the labs of USA, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, India, China, Greece, Denmark, Romania, Great Britain, Mexico, Czech, Poland, Yugoslavia, Sweden, Portugal, Finland, and Bulgaria.

Professional activities



2010- 2018

Certified expert in scientific and technical policy of Russian Federation


Member of the Russian Foundation for Basic Research Expert Board of Physics of Plasmas
Representative of Russia as a member of the Beam Plasma and Inertial Fusion Board in Plasma Physics Division of European Physical Society

2009- now

Co-Director of the interinstitutional laboratory “Relativistic Laser Plasma” (Lebedev Physics Institute – Moscow State University), Moscow


Board of Young Scientists of Lebedev Physics Institute of the Russian Academy of Science, Moscow

Prizes and awards


Medal of High Education Ministry of the USSR “Best Student Scientific Work”


State Prize of Leninsky Komsomol for plasma physics investigations


The Basov Prize of Lebedev Physics Institute for achievements in physics of laser-plasma interactions

Summary of Research Activity

  1. Nonlinear laser-plasma interaction (anomalous absorption and scattering, parametric processes and harmonic generation, self generation of magnetic fields, nonthermal emission, nonlocal laser-plasma coupling, fluctuations in a plasma, self-focusing of laser beams).
  2. Plasma turbulence (nonthermal fluctuations, parametric turbulence, ion-acoustic turbulence, magnetic turbulence, anomalous transport and nonlinear effects due to turbulence);
  3. Transport phenomena in a hot plasma (nonlocal transport coefficients, heat flux inhibition, electron susceptibility of collisional plasma, penetration of electromagnetic wave in a plasma, relaxation of hot spots, electron distribution functions in highly inhomogeneous plasma);
  4. Nonlinear vortical dynamics of a plasma (Weibel instability, electron vortexes of anisotropic plasma, nonlinear self-consistent magnetic structures, group methods of vortical dynamics).
  5. Physics of ultrashort laser pulses and laser-triggered particle acceleration (plasma heating, generation of relativistic electron beams, high energy ion production, secondary emissions, and nuclear reactions with table-top lasers, Coulomb explosion);
  6. Short free electron laser pulses interaction with matter (photoionization, anisotropic electron distribution function, relaxation of photoionized plasma, instabilities of photoionized plasma).

 Peer-reviewed Publications

h-index 32. About 350 publications since 1972. About 4500 citations. Selected publications:

  1. V.Yu.Bychenkov, V.P.Silin, and S.A.Uryupin, Ion-acoustic turbulence and anomalous  transport. Phys. Rep., 1988, v.164, 119.
  2. V.Yu.Bychenkov, W.Rozmus, V.T.Tikhonchuk, and A.V.Brantov. Nonlocal electron transport in a plasma. Phys.Rev.Lett., 1995, v.75, 4405.
  3. A.Maksimchuk, S.Gu, K.Flippo, D.Umstadter, and V.Yu.Bychenkov, Forward ion acceleration in thin films driven by a high-intensity laser. Phys. Rev. Lett., 2000, v.84, 4108.
  4. Wei Yu, V.Yu.Bychenkov, Y.Sentoku, M.Y.Yu, Z.M.Sheng, and K.Mima, Electron acceleration by a short relativistic laser pulse at the front of solid targets. Phys. Rev. Lett., 2000, v. 85, 570.
  5. S.H.Glenzer, W.Rozmus, V.Yu.Bychenkov, J.D.Moody, J.Albritton, R.L.Berger, A.Brantov, M.E.Foord, B.J.MacGowan, R.K.Kirkwood, H.A.Baldis, and E.A.Williams, Anomalous absorption of high-energy green laser light in high-Z plasmas. Phys. Rev. Lett., 2002, v.88, 235002.
  6. V.F.Kovalev and V.Yu.Bychenkov, Analytic solutions to the Vlasov equations for expanding plasma. Phys. Rev. Lett., 2003, 185004.
  7. A.V.Brantov, V.Yu.Bychenkov, W.Rozmus, and C.E.Capjack, Kinetic susceptibility and transport theory of collisional plasmas. Phys. Rev. Lett., 2004, v.92, 125002.
  8. D.V.Romanov, V.Yu.Bychenkov, W.Rozmus, C.E.Capjack, and R.Fedosejevs, 3D nonlinear evolution of the Weibel unstable plasma to a self-organized state. Phys. Rev. Lett., 2004, v.93, 215004.
  9. C.McGuffey, A.G.R.Thomas, W.Schumaker, T.Matsuoka, V.Chvykov, F.J.Dollar, G.Kalintchenko, V.Yanovsky, A.Maksimchuk, K.Krushelnick, V.Yu.Bychenkov, I.V.Glazyrin, A.V.Karpeev, Ionization induced trapping in a laser wakefield accelerator. Phys. Rev. Lett., 2010, v.104, 025004.
  10. K.I.Popov, W.Rozmus, V.Yu.Bychenkov, N.Naseri, C.E.Capjack, and A.V.Brantov, Ion response to relativistic electron bunches in the blowout regime of laser-plasma accelerators. Phys. Rev. Lett., 2010, v.105, 195002.
  11. A.V.Brantov V.Yu.Bychenkov, and W.Rozmus, Electrostatic response of a two-component plasma with Coulomb collisions. Phys. Rev. Lett., 2012, v.108, 205001.
  12. A.V.Brantov, E. A. Govras, V. F. Kovalev, and V.Yu.Bychenkov, Synchronized ion acceleration by ultraintense slow light. Phys. Rev. Lett., 2016, v.116, 085004.
  13. S.G.Bochkarev, A.Faenov, T.Pikuz, A.V.Brantov, V.F.Kovalev, I.Skobelev, S.Pikuz, R.Kodama, K.I.Popov, and V.Yu.Bychenkov, Ion energy spectra directly measured in the interaction volume of intense laser pulses with clustered plasma. Sci. Rep., 2018, v.8, 9404.