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Gamma-Ray Astronomy and Elementary Particles Astrophysics Laboratory

About the laboratory

This laboratory was established as part of a scientific research project supported with a monetary grant awarded by the Government of the Russian Federation under a grant competition designed to provide governmental support to scientific research projects implemented under the supervision of the world's leading scientists at Russian institutions of higher learning (Resolution of the RF Government No.220 of April 9, 2010).

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Name of the institution of higher learning:
Irkutsk State University

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Leading scientist


Leading scientist's full name: Mirzoyan, Razmik

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Academic degree and title:
Candidate of physical and mathematical sciences, physical engineer

Job title:
Head of the Gamma-Ray Astronomy and Elementary Particles Astrophysics Laboratory at the Research Institute of Applied Physics of the federal state budget educational institution of higher professional education "Irkutsk State University".
Head of the MAGIC Project Group at the Max Planck Institute of Physics, Munich, Germany.

Field of scientific interests:
1. Gamma-ray astronomy of high-energy particles.
2. Development of ground-based telescopes capable of registering Cherenkov radiation required to study giant air showers and generate their images, including development of imaging cameras, mechanical structures, mirrors, electronics, etc.
3. Development of industrial ultrafast high-efficiency optical sensors, supersensitive hybrid photodiodes based on GaAsP, photocathodes (INTEVAC (USA), ITT (USA), Hamamatsu (Japan)), ultrafast photomultipliers (Electron Tubes (UK), Photonis (France), Hamamatsu (Japan) ), matrixes for avalanche photodiodes (Hamamatsu, Japan), etc.
4. Application of physical methods in medicine; development, fabrication, and testing of avalanche photodiodes for high-resolution positron tomography scanners.

Scientific recognition:
- Co-Director of MAGIC Collaboration.
- Head of the CTA experiment working group responsible for the development of imaging cameras for telescopes.
- Member of the SUCOSIP international committee for astrophysical research on Canary Islands.
- Expert of the German Federal ministry of education and science specializing in assessment of research projects designed by German universities in the field of astrophysics of elementary particles, 2005 – 2011.
- Recipient of the Max Planck Society Prize in the amount of 2.2 Euros for the development of photo sensors, 2004.
- Recipient of the Max Planck Society Prize in the amount of 441,000 Euros for the development and fabrication of improved ultrafast reading systems based on optical multiplexing of fast analogue signals, 2005.
- Recipient of the Perkin-Elmer Industries Prize in the amount of 520,000 Euros for the development of SiPM with a very high quantum efficiency and very low cross-current, 2009-2012.
- Author of 36 reports delivered at international conferences, 2008 – 2012.
- Author of six international patents.
- Organizer of six international scientific conferences.
- Author/co-author of more than 450 scientific articles, including 180 articles published in referenced peer-review journals. His primary works have been published in some of the world's leading journals, such as "Science", "Astropartarticle Physycs", "Astrophysical Journal", etc.

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