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Boris Fine

Boris is a theoretical physicist specializing in the field of Solid-State Physics. His research interests include solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance, high-temperatures superconductivity, and a broader set of topics associated with the foundations of quantum statistical physics and the role of chaos in many-particle systems.

Boris graduated from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology in 1994. In 2000, he obtained his Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where his Ph.D. advisor was Prof. A. J. Leggett. Boris’ subsequent career included postdoctoral positions at Utrecht University, Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems in Dresden, and University of Tennessee-Knoxville/Oak Ridge National Laboratory. In 2008-2013, he was the leader of Young Investigators Group “Quantum Dynamics and Complex Quantum Systems” at the University of Heidelberg. In the academic year of 2013-2014, Boris worked as a professor at the Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan. He joined Skoltech in July of 2014. Concurrently, Boris holds a position of a guest professor at the University of Heidelberg.

Besides physics research, Boris also has experience in the sphere of education management. In 1991, he founded and, until 1994, was the director of PhysTech College, a center for extra-curricular studies of mathematics, physics and English for high-school students, that has since expanded to become one of Russia’s largest network of educational centers called “Unium”.

Ph.D. positions, Master and Bachelor projects are available in the group of Boris Fine.
If interested, please inquire at b.fine(at)



Skoltech group “Complex Quantum Systems“, 7 July 2017.

From left to right: Vivek Bhartiya, Walter Hahn, Oleg Lychkovskiy, Anastasiya Aristova, Pavel Dolgirev, Patrick Navez, Grigory Starkov, Andrey Tarkhov, Boris Fine.



[1]B. V. Fine, NMR Spin-Spin Relaxation as Kinetics in Spin Phase Space , Phys.Rev.Lett. 79, 4673 (1997) (e-print cond-mat/9707249).
[2] J. P. R. Bakker,  P. J. S. van Capel, B. V. Fine, and J. I. Dijkhuis, Generaration-Recombination noise in a-Si:H Studied by Device Simulations, MRS Proceedings 715, A2.6, (2002),
[3] B. V. Fine, Universal Long-Time Relaxation on the Lattice of Classical Spins: Markovian Behavior on non-Markovian Timescales, J. Stat. Phys.  112, 319 (2003) (e-print cond-mat/9911229).
[4]* B. V. Fine,  J. P. R. Bakker and J. I. Dijkhuis,  Long-range potential fluctuations and 1/f noise in hydrogenated  amorphous silicon, Phys. Rev.  B 68, 125207 (2003) (e-print cond-mat/0210680 ).
[5] J. P. R. Bakker,  P. J. S. van Capel, B. V. Fine, and J. I. Dijkhuis, New experimental evidence for the role of long-range potential fluctuations in the mechanism of 1/f noise in a-Si:H,  J. Non-Cryst. Solids 338-340, 310 (2004),  (e-print cond-mat/0310468 )
[6]* B. V. Fine, Hypothesis of two-dimensional stripe arrangement and its implications for the superconductivity in high-Tc cuprates,  Phys. Rev. B 70, 224508 (2004),  (e-print cond-mat/0308428 ).
[7]* B. V. Fine, Long-Time Relaxation on Spin Lattice as a Manifestation of Chaotic Dynamics ,  Int. J. Mod. Phys. B 18, 1119 (2004), (e-print cond-mat/9911230).
[8] B. V. Fine,  J. P. R. Bakker and J. I. Dijkhuis,  Long-range  fluctuations of random potential landscape as a mechanism of 1/f noise in hydrogenated  amorphous silicon, Fluctuations and Noise Letters 5,  L443-L456 (2005), preprint
[9] B. V. Fine, F. Mintert and A. Buchleitner, Equilibrium entanglement vanishes at finite temperature, Phys. Rev. B 71, 153105 (2005),  (e-print cond-mat/0505739 ).

[10] B. V. Fine, Temperature dependence of the superconducting gap in high-Tc cuprates,
Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 157005 (2005) (e-print cond-mat/0408211).

[11] B.V. Fine, Long-time behavior of spin echo, Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 247601 (2005) (e-print cond-mat/0411345).

[12]  B. V. Fine,  Interpretation of low-temperature nuclear quadrupole resonance spectra in La(1.875)Ba(0.125)CuO(4) in terms of two-dimensional spin superstructure, Phys. Rev. B 75, 014205 (2007), (e-print  cond-mat/0606300)

[13] B. V. Fine, Magnetic vortices instead of stripes: another interpretation of magnetic neutron scattering in lanthanum cuprates, Phys. Rev. B 75, 060504 (2007) (eprint cond-mat/0610748)

[14] B. V. Fine and T. Egami, Phase separation in the vicinity of quantum-critical doping concentration: Implications for high-temperature superconductors, Phys. Rev. B 77, 014519 (2008) (eprint arXive:0707.3994 )

[15] B. Fine and T. Egami, Intermediate spin-charge order in the cuprates, Journal of Physics Conference Series 108, 012005 (2008)

[16]S. W. Morgan, B. V. Fine, and B. Saam,  Universal Long-Time Behavior of Nuclear Spin Decays in a Solid,  Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 067601 (2008),  (eprint arXiv:0805.1751)

[17]* B. V. Fine,  Typical state of an isolated quantum system with fixed energy and unrestricted participation of eigenstates, Phys. Rev. E 80, 051130 (2009), (eprint arXiv:0903:0626 )
[18] T. Egami, B.V. Fine, D.J. Singh, D. Parshall, C. de la Cruz and P. Dai, Spin–lattice coupling in iron-pnictide superconductors, Physica C 470, S294 (2010) (eprint arXiv:0908:4361 )

[19]T. Egami, B.V. Fine, D. Parshall, A. Subedi and D. J. Singh, Spin-Phonon Coupling and Superconductivity in Fe Pnictides, Adv. Cond. Mat. Phys. 2010, 164916 (2010) (eprint  arXiv:0907.2734).

[20]  B. V.  Fine,  Implications of magnetic vortex lattice scenario for 1/8-doped lanthanum cuprates, J. Supercond. Nov. Magn. 24, 1207 (2011) (eprint arXiv:0810.1889).

[21]  E. G. Sorte,  B. V. Fine and B. Saam, Long-time behavior of nuclear spin decays in various lattices, Phys. Rev. B 83, 064302 (2011) (eprint arXiv:1010.6044)

[22] F. Hantschel and B. V. Fine, Monte Carlo sampling of energy-constrained quantum superpositions in high-dimensional Hilbert spaces, Eur. Phys. J. D 63, 73 (2011) (eprint arXiv:1102.0531 )

[23]* K. Ji and B. V. Fine, Non-thermal statistics in isolated quantum spin clusters after a series of perturbations, Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 050401 (2011)  (eprint arXiv:1102.3651 )

[24]  W. Hahn and B. V. Fine, Non-Entangling Channels for Multiple Collisions of Quantum Wave Packets, Phys. Rev. A 85, 032713  (2012)    (eprint arXiv:1104.5421  )

[25]  E. G. Sorte, B. V. Fine and B. Saam, Phase relationship between the long-time beats of free induction decays and spin echoes in solids, Phys. Rev. B 85, 174425 (2012)  (eprint arXiv:1102.0527 )

[26]  A. S. de Wijn, B. Hess and B. V. Fine, Largest Lyapunov exponents for the lattices of interacting classical spins,  Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 034101 (2012) (eprint arXiv:1205.2901)

[27]B. V. Fine, T. A. Elsayed,  E. G. Sorte and B. Saam, Asymptotic and intermediate long-time behavior of nuclear free induction decays in polycrystalline solids and powders, Phys. Rev. B 86, 054439 (2012) (eprint arXiv:1201.1793)

[28]  C. M. Kropf and B. V. Fine, Nonsecular resonances for the coupling between nuclear spins in solids, Phys. Rev. B 86, 094401 (2012) (eprint arXiv:1108.3997 )

[29]B. V. Fine and F. Hantschel, An alternative to the conventional micro-canonical ensemble,Physica Scripta T151, 014078 (2012) (eprint arXiv:1010.4673)

[30]J. G. Brandenburg and B. V. Fine, Dimensionality of spin modulations in 1/8-doped lanthanum cuprates from the perspective of NQR and muSR experiments,  J. Supercond. Nov. Magn. 26, 2621 (2013) (eprint arXiv:1209.1934 ).

[31]  T. A. Elsayed, B. V. Fine,  Regression relation for pure quantum states and its implications for efficient computing, Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 070404 (2013)  (eprint  arXiv:1208.4652 )

[32]  A. S. de Wijn, B. Hess, and B. V. Fine, Lyapunov instabilities in lattices of interacting classical spins at infinite temperature, J. Phys. A: Math. Theor. 46  254012 (2013) [Special issue on Lyapunov analysis] (2013) eprint  arXiv:1209.1468

[33]  B. V. Fine, T. A. Elsayed, C. M. Kropf, and A. S. de Wijn, Absence of exponential sensitivity to small perturbations in nonintegrable systems of spins 1/2, Phys. Rev. E 89, 012923 (2014)  (eprint arXiv:1305.2817 )

[34] T. A. Elsayed, B. Hess and B. V. Fine, Signatures of chaos in time series generated by many-spin systems at high temperatures, Phys. Rev. E 90, 022910 (2014) (eprint arXiv:1105.4575 )

[35] T. A. Elsayed and B. V. Fine, Effectiveness of classical spin simulations for describing NMR relaxation of quantum spins, Phys. Rev. B 91, 094424 (2015) (eprint arXiv:1409.8564)

[36] T. A. Elsayed and B. V. Fine, Sensitivity to small perturbations in systems of large quantum spins, Phys. Scr. 2015 014011, (2015) (eprint arXiv:1409.4763)

[37] A. S. de Wijn, B. Hess, B. V. Fine, Chaotic properties of spin lattices near second-order phase transitions, Phys. Rev. E 92, 062929 (2015) (eprint arXiv:1410.5599)

[38] B. V. Fine, Comment on “Broken translational and rotational symmetry via charge stripe order in underdoped YBa2Cu3O6+y”,  Science 351, 235-a (2016).

Not refereed/Preprints:

[39] B. V. Fine, Theory of high-temperature spin dynamics, Ph. D. thesis, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, (2000),   .

[40] B. V. Fine,  Superconductivity in the background of two-dimensional stripe superstructure,   in “New Challenges in Superconductivity: Experimental Advances and Emerging Theories“, edited by J. Ashkenazi, M.V. Eremin, J. L. Cohn, I. Eremin, D. Manske, D. Pavuna, and F. Zuo (Kluwer Academic Publishers), pp. 159-164 (2004), (e-print  cond-mat/0404488).

[41]  F. Kolley, O. Bohigas and B. V. Fine, Quantum quenches with random matrix Hamiltonians and disordered potentials, (2012) eprint arXiv:1209.2954

[42] C. M. Kropf, J. Kohlrautz, J. Haase, and B. V. Fine,  Anomalous longitudinal relaxation of nuclear spins in CaF2, arXiv:1510.06589 (2015)

[43] W. Hahn, B.V. Fine, Stability of quantum statistical ensembles with respect to local measurementsarXiv:1601.06402 (2016)

1994, M.S. with highest honors (Summa Cum Laude), Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.

1998, Jordan Asketh Fellowship, Physics Department, University of Illinois. (The fellowship is annually awarded “to an outstanding European [graduate] student who displays excellence and originality in a scientific field…”)

1998-99, Harry Drickamer Research Fellowship, University of Illinois. (awarded “for excellence in physics research”)

2015,  Best performance recognition, Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology

ScienceDaily:  “Quantum Chaos Unveiled?”
Spektrum der Wissenschaft/ “Chaos auch in der Quantenmechanik”

2012: “Quantenchaos im Einkristall”.

Interview to radio station Echo of Moscow [in Russian]


Patrick Navez
Senior Research Scientist
Alexander Rozhkov
Senior Research Scientist
Walter Hahn
Research Scientist
Oleg Lychkovskiy
Research Scientist

Introduction to Solid State Physics
Number of ECTS credits: 6
Course Classification: Science, Technology, and Engineering

Course Description:
The course will introduce students to the basic notions of solid-state physics such as: periodic crystal lattices, phonons, Bloch theorem, properties of electronic bands in metals, semiconductors and insulators, conduction properties of various materials, the notion of Fermi-surface in metals, and magnetic phase transitions. Dependent on the level of the students, the course may also touch the topics of disordered solids, superconductors, and advanced experimental techniques. Upon availability, the course may include several laboratory experiments.
The course is intended for students who either never had a solid-state physics course or feel the need to strengthen the foundations of the subject. It is to be assumed that students previously had basic courses of quantum mechanics and statistical physics, but the relevant knowledge will be reintroduced whenever necessary.
The course will have a character of review. Lectures will cover the most important aspects of every topic, leaving a significant fraction of material for self-study and homework.

Intended Learning Outcomes:
Become fluent in the basic concepts of solid-state physics
Understand the approximate character of these concepts and recognize their applicability limits.
Get practical experience to the framework of basic solid-state models.
Improve their skills in applications of quantum mechanics and statistical physics.

Advanced Solid State Physics
Number of ECTS credits: 6
Course Classification: Science, Technology, and Engineering

Course description:
The course is a part of the educational program in quantum materials. It can also be chosen as an elective for the programs in photonics and material science.

Basic knowledge of quantum mechanics and statistical physics;
Recommended courses: Course «Introduction to Solid-State Physics», or a comparable course.

ФИО: Файн Борис Вениаминович

Занимаемая должность (должности): Доцент

Преподаваемые дисциплины: Введение в физику твердого тела

Ученая степень: Ph.D., факультет физики, Университет Иллинойса, США, 2000 / Habilitation, университет Хайдельберга, Германия (2013)

Ученое звание (при наличии): Приватдоцент, 2013

Наименование направления подготовки и/или специальности: Прикладная математика и физика

Данные о повышении квалификации и/или профессиональной переподготовке (при наличии): нет

Общий стаж работы: 22 года

Стаж работы по специальности: 22 года