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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”.

Boris Fine’s CV

Talk “Chaotic properties  of spin lattices at high temperatures” at Simons Center for Geometry and Physics [in English]

Lecture “Chaos” [in Russian]

Lecture “Superconductivity” [in Russian]



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.

Refereed: (selected publications are marked by *.)

[55] P. E. Dolgirev, A.V. Rozhkov, A. Zong, A. Kogar, N. Gedik, and B. V. Fine, Amplitude dynamics of charge density wave in LaTe3: theoretical description of pump-probe experiments, accepted to Phys. Rev. B, eprint arXiv:1904.09795 (2019)

[54] G. A. Starkov and B. V. Fine, Free induction decays in nuclear spin-1/2 lattices with small number of interacting neighbors: the cases of silicon and fluorapatite, Phys. Rev. B 101, 024428 (2020), eprint arXiv:1911.00990

[53]  A. V. Aristova, V. K. Bhartiya and B. V. Fine, Modeling superconductivity in the background of a spin-vortex checkerboard, Phys. Rev. B 100, 174503 (2019) e-print arXiv:1703.09979

[52] S. A. Romanov, A. E. Aliev, B. V. Fine,  A. S. Anisimov, and A. G. Nasibulin, Highly efficient thermophones based on freestanding single-walled carbon nanotube films, Nanoscale Horizons 4, 1158 (2019).

*[51] A. Zong, A. Kogar, Y.-Q. Bie, T. Rohwer, Ch. Lee, E. Baldini, E. Ergeçen, M. B. Yilmaz, B. Freelon, E. J. Sie, H. Zhou, J. Straquadine, P. Walmsley, P. E. Dolgirev, A. V. Rozhkov, I. R. Fisher, P. Jarillo-Herrero, B. V. Fine, N. Gedik, Evidence of topological defects in a photo-induced phase transition, Nature Physics 15, 27 (2019) (e-print arXiv:1806.02766 )

[50]  P. Navez, G. A. Starkov, B. V. Fine, Classical spin simulations with a quantum two-spin correction, Eur. Phys. J. Spec. Top. 227, 2013 (2019). eprint arXiv:1812.02155

*[49] G. A. Starkov, B. V. Fine , Hybrid quantum-classical method for simulating high-temperature dynamics of nuclear spins in solids, Physical Review B 98, 214421 (2018)    e-print arXiv:1806.09355

*[48] A. E. Tarkhov, B. V. Fine, Estimating ergodization time of a chaotic many-particle system from a time reversal of equilibrium noise, New J. Phys. 20 123021 (2018) e-print arXiv:1804.09732 (2018)

[47] O. Lychkovskiy, B. V. Fine, Spin excitation spectrum of high-temperature cuprate superconductors from finite cluster simulations, J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 30 405801, (2018). (e-print arXiv:1712.09979 ) (2018).

*[46] K. Ji, B. V. Fine, Suppression of heating in quantum spin clusters under periodic driving as a dynamic localization effect,  Physical Review Letters 121, 050602 (2018) (e-print arXiv:1712.10028)

[45] W. Hahn, B. V. Fine, Quantifying Stability of Quantum Statistical Ensembles, J. Stat. Mech: Theory and Experiment 2018, 023107 (2018).   (e-print arXiv:1706.04751)

[44] F. Kolley, O. Bohigas and B. V. Fine, Quantum Quenches with Random Matrix Hamiltonians and Disordered Potentials, Ann. Phys. (Berlin) 2017, 1700009 (2017) (e-print arXiv:1209.2954)

[43] A. E. Tarkhov, S. Wimberger and B. V. Fine, Extracting Lyapunov exponents from the echo dynamics of Bose-Einstein condensates on a lattice, Phys. Rev. A 96, 023624 (2017) (e-print arXiv:1705.08176)

[42] P. E. Dolgirev and B. V. Fine, Pseudogap and Fermi surface in the presence of a spin-vortex checkerboard for 1/8-doped lanthanum cuprates, Phys. Rev. B 96, 075137 (2017) (e-print arXiv:1705.08542)

[41] W. Hahn and B. V. Fine, Thermalization as an invisibility cloak for fragile quantum superpositions, Phys. Rev. A 96, 012119 (2017) (e-print arXiv:1705.06467)

[40] C. M. Kropf, J. Kohlrautz, J. Haase, and B. V. Fine,  Anomalous longitudinal relaxation of nuclear spins in CaF2, , Fortschr. Phys. 65, 1600023(2017) / DOI 10.1002/prop.201600023 (e-print arXiv:1510.06589 )

*[39] W. Hahn, B.V. Fine, Stability of quantum statistical ensembles with respect to local measurements, Phys. Rev. E 94, 062106 (2016) (e-print arXiv:1601.06402)

*[38] B. V. Fine, Comment on “Broken translational and rotational symmetry via charge stripe order in underdoped YBa2Cu3O6+y”Science 351, 235-a (2016) (e-print arXiv:1602.00888)

[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)

[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)

[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)

[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 )

*[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 )

[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

*[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 )

[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 )

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

[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 )

[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)

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

[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 )

[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  )

*[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 )

[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 )

[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)

[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)

[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)

[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 )

*[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 )

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

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

*[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 )

*[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)

[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)

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

[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)

*[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 )

[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

*[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)

[6] B. V. Fine, Hypothesis of two-dimensional stripe arrangement and its implications for the superconductivity in high-Tc cupratesPhys. Rev. B 70, 224508 (2004),  (e-print cond-mat/0308428 )

[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:HJ. Non-Cryst. Solids 338-340, 310 (2004),  (e-print cond-mat/0310468 )

*[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 )

[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)

[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),

[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)
Not refereed/Preprints:

[55] S. A. Romanov, A. E. Aliev, B. V. Fine, A. S. Anisimov, and A. G. Nasibulin, Highly efficient thermophones based on freestanding single-walled carbon nanotube films, submitted to Nano Letters (2018)

[54]  V. K. Bhartiya and B. V. Fine, Superconductivity model for a spin-vortex checkerboard, e-print arXiv:1703.09979 (2017)

[53] 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)

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

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

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

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…”)

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


2019: Talk “Chaotic properties  of spin lattices at high temperatures”  at Simons Center for Geometry and Physics
2018:  Laser makes wonders with quantum materials, Stimulus magazine [in Russian].
2017-2018: Tutoring program Turbo-Science  / Skoltech-Sirius
                          Lecture “Chaos” [in Russian]
                          Lecture “Superconductivity” [in Russian]
                         Sirius interview [in Russian]
                         Turbo-Science project presentations [in Russian]
                           article in Skoltech news
                           pictures from symposium
                               same in Russian – Moscow journal ЭкоГрад: “Квантовые суперпозиции разных температур: возможно ли это?”
2012: “Quantenchaos im Einkristall”  [in German]
Spektrum der Wissenschaft/ “Chaos auch in der Quantenmechanik” [in German]




Oleg Lychkovskiy
Senior Research Scientist
Alexander Rozhkov
Senior Research Scientist
Anastasia Aristova
PhD student
Igor Ermakov
PhD student
Nikolay Ilyn
Research Scientist
Ivan Filippov
Research Intern
Grigory Starkov
PhD student
Andrey Tarkhov
PhD student

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

Course Description:

The course presents an overview of solid-state physics with emphasis on the quantum properties of solids. It covers quantum theory of electronic and lattice degrees of freedom, magnetism and superconductivity, including, in particular, strongly-correlated electronic systems and high-temperature superconductivity. The course also includes a review of experimental techniques used in the modern solid-state physics research.

The course is intended for students who are familiar with the basic formalism of quantum mechanics, statistical physics and previously had an introductory course on solid-state physics.

ФИО: Файн Борис Вениаминович

Занимаемая должность (должности): Доцент

Преподаваемые дисциплины: Современная физика 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