Laboratory of Fundamental and Applied Research of Relativistic Objects of the Universe

The laboratory is headed by Yuri Kovalev, ScD in physics and mathematics, corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences. We focus on observational and theoretical research into the relativistic objects of the universe: pulsars, young stars, binary systems, galactic nuclei, massive black holes. The objective is to further our understanding of their nature and use the obtained information to improve the precision of the inertial frame of reference.

Our research

Research into the mechanisms of collimation, acceleration, and emission of relativistic plasma in quasar jets. Leading researchers: Yuri Kovalev, Elena Nokhrina, Vasily Beskin.


Investigation of stellar objects: pulsar magnetosphere structure, accretion disks, and bipolar outflows from young stars. Leading researchers: Vasily Beskin, Elena Nokhrina, Paul A. Boley, Alexander Philippov.


Research on binary black holes and other tight binary systems, conducted by means of gravitational wave observations. Leading researchers: Stanislav Babak.


Improving the precision of the inertial frame of reference by accounting for the astrophysical properties of celestial objects. Leading researchers: Leonid Petrov, Yuri Kovalev.


Yuri Kovalev


Professional experience

Head of laboratory

Corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences; Professor, RAS; ScD in physics and mathematics; the head of the Laboratory of Extragalactic Radio Astronomy at the Lebedev Physical Institute, RAS
Academic Interests

Elena Nokhrina


Professional experience

Deputy head of laboratory

PhD in physics and mathematics, lecturer at the Department of Higher Mathematics, MIPT
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Vasily Beskin


Professional experience

Principal research scientist

ScD in physics and mathematics; professor at the Department of Problems of Physics and Astrophysics, MIPT

Academic Interests

Paul Boley


Professional experience

Research scientist

PhD

Academic Interests

Leonid Petrov


Professional experience

Research scientist

PhD in physics and mathematics

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Stanislav Babak


Professional experience

Research scientist

PhD in relativistic astrophysics from Cardiff University; Directeur de recherche (DR2) at CNRS, Laboratoire Astroparticule et Cosmologie; member of LISA/LIGO-VIRGO/EPTA collaborations

Academic Interests

Alexander Philippov


Professional experience

Research scientist

PhD in astrophysical sciences from Princeton University; NASA Einstein Postdoctoral Fellow at University of California, Berkeley

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Publications

2017, Physical Review A

Tensor power of dynamical maps and positive versus completely positive divisibility

2017, Itogi Nauki i Tekhniki

Quantum mappings and characterization of entangled quantum states

Alexander Plavin


Professional experience

Junior research scientist

PhD student at the Lebedev Physical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (LPI RAS); researcher at the Astro Space Center, LPI RAS; lecturer at the Department of Mathematical Foundations of Management, MIPT
Academic Interests

Alexander Popkov


Professional experience

Junior research scientist

PhD student at MIPT

Academic Interests

Vadim Prokofev


Professional experience

Engineer

PhD student at MIPT

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Alexander Chernoglazov


Professional experience

Engineer

Student of astrophysics at the Department of General and Applied Physics, MIPT

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RadioAstron

The RadioAstron is an international space VLBI project led by the Astro Space Center of Lebedev Physical Institute in Moscow, Russia. The objective of the project is to conduct radio astronomical observations using a radio telescope based on the Spektr-R spacecraft, which was designed by the Lavochkin Association.


Yuri Kovalev is the head of the research program under the RadioAstron project.

MOJAVE

MOJAVE stands for Monitoring of Jets in Active Galactic Nuclei with VLBA Experiments. It is the longest running project monitoring the variation in the brightness and polarization of relativistic jets with parsec and subparsec resolution. All calibrated visibility and FITS data obtained by the MOJAVE team are publicly available on the website of the collaboration, as soon as the images have been processed.


Yuri Kovalev is a member of the project.

LIGO

LIGO, or Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, is a large-scale physical experiment designed to detect gravitational waves from space and leverage them as a source of astronomical data.


Stanislav Babak is a member of the collaboration.

The Fermi LAT collaboration

The Fermi spacecraft is a space observatory in low Earth orbit designed to conduct large-scale space observations in the gamma ray part of the spectrum. The telescope on board has a wide field of view, so it can scan the entire sky daily.


Laboratory staff frequently publish joint papers with the NASA Fermi collaboration.