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Andrei Smolyakov Ph.D., P. Eng., P. Phys


Faculty Member in Physics & Engineering Physics

Physics 152

Research Area(s)

  • Developing and applying plasma theory to present plasma confinement experiments, low temperature plasma sources for material processing, and space phenomena
  • Secondary large scale instabilities in the drift wave turbulence
  • Neoclassical effects on magnetic islands
  • Drift waves and instabilities
  • Waves and instabilities in ionosphere plasmas
  • Anomalous Transport and Instabilities in Hall plasmas and Hall Thruster
  • Magnetically Confined Plasmas and Thermonuclear Fusion
  • Space and Astrophysical Plasmas, Space Propulsion


  1.   Angus, J. R., Krasheninnikov, S. I. & Smolyakov, A. I. 2010. Kinetic theory of electromagnetic plane wave obliquely incident on bounded plasma slab. Physics of Plasmas, 17, 102115, pp.10
  2.     Ilgisonis, V. I., Lakhin, V. P., Smolyakov, A. I. & Sorokina, E. A. 2011. Geodesic acoustic modes and zonal flows in rotating large-aspect-ratio tokamak plasmas. Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, 53, 065008, pp 19.
  3.     Ivko, S., Smolyakov, A., Denysenko, I. & Azarenkov, N. A. 2011. Resonant transparency of a two-layer plasma structure in a magnetic field. Physical Review E, 84, 016407, pp7.
  4.     Raitses, Y. R. Y., Kaganovich, I. D., Khrabrov, A., Sydorenko, D., Fisch, N. J. & Smolyakov, A. 2011. Effect of secondary electron emission on electron cross-field current in e x b discharges. IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, 39, 995-1006.
  5.     Smolyakov, A. I., Fourkal, E., Krasheninnikov, S. I. & Sternberg, N. 2010. Resonant modes and resonant transmission in multi-layer structures. Progress in Electromagnetics Research-PIER, 107, 293-314.
  6.     Smolyakov, A.I., Nguyen, C. and Garbet,  X., 2010.  Electromagnetic effects on geodesic acoustic and beta-induced Alfvén eigenmodes, Nuclear Fusion 50, 054002 8pp.
  7.     Smolyakov, A.I. and Garbet, X., 2010.  Drift kinetic equation in the moving reference frame and reduced magnetohydrodynamic equations, Physics of Plasmas 17, 042105, 9pp.
  8.     Smolyakov, A.I., Garbet, X. and Bourdelle, C., 2009.  On the parallel momentum balance in low pressure plasmas with an inhomogeneous magnetic field, Nuclear Fusion 49, 125001, 5pp.
  9.     Sternberg, N. and Smolyakov, A.I., 2009.  Resonant Transparency of a Three-Layer Structure Containing the Dense Plasma Region, Progress in Electromagnetics Research  99, , 37-52, 15pp.
  10.     Mikhailovskii AB, Smolyakov AI, Churikov AP,  2009. Large-Scale Oscillations in a Tokamak Due to Strong Plasma Temperature Gradient,    DOKLADY PHYSICS 54     525-528
  11.     Froese AM, Smolyakov AI, Sydorenko D, 2009. Nonlinear skin effect in a collisionless plasma,  PHYSICS OF PLASMAS   16  080704  4 pp.
  12.     Khalzov IV, Smolyakov AI, Ilgisoni IV, 2010.  Equilibrium magnetohydrodynamic flows of liquid metals in magnetorotational instability experiments, Journal of Fluid Mechanics   644  257-280, doi: 10.1017/S0022112009992394, 24pp.
  13.     Ilgisonis, V.I., Khalzov, I.V., Lakhin, V.P., and Smolyakov, A.I., 2010.  What physics does affect the MRI threshold, in Plasmas in the Laboratry and in the Universe: Interactions, Patterns, and Turbulence, ed. By G Berini et al.,  AIP Conf. Proc.  V. 1242, pp. 23-30, 8pp.
  14.     Smolyakov AI, Nguyen C, Garbet X, 2008.  Kinetic theory of electromagnetic geodesic acoustic modes, PLASMA PHYSICS AND CONTROLLED FUSION Volume: 50 Issue: 11 Article Number: 115008, 15 p.  
  15.     Smolyakov AI, Garbet X, Falchetto G, et al., 2008.  Multiple polarization of geodesic curvature induced modes,   PHYSICS LETTERS A Volume: 372, p 6750-6756.
  16.     D. Sydorenko, I. Kaganovich, Y. Raitses, and A. Smolyakov, Breakdown of a Space Charge Limited Regime of a Sheath in a Weakly Collisional Plasma Bounded byWalls with Secondary Electron Emission,   Physical Reviewe Letters 103, 145004 (2009)
  17.     V.I. Ilgisonis, I.V. Khalzov and A.I. Smolyakov, 2009. Negative energy waves and MHD stability of rotating plasmas,, Nucl. Fusion 49 No 3 035008, 8p. 
  18.     Sternberg N, Smolyakov AI, 2009.  Resonant Transmission of Electromagnetic Waves in Multilayer Dense-Plasma Structures, IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON PLASMA SCIENCE   Volume: 37   Issue: 7   Pages: 1251- 1260. 
  19.     Fourkal E, Velchev I, Smolyakov A , 2009. Energy and information flow in superlensing  PHYSICAL REVIEW A   Volume: 79   Issue: 3 Article Number: 033846 , 6 p.
  20.     A B Mikhailovskii, A I Smolyakov, A P Churikov and V D Pustovitov,  2009. Zonal stability of geodesic acoustic modes in a tokamak, Plasma Phys. Control. Fusion 51 No 7, 075010, 10 p.
  21.     A. I. Smolyakov and S. I. Krasheninnikov,  Generation of electromagnetic structures via modulational instability of drift waves. Phys. Plasmas 15, 072302 (2008).
  22.     A. B. Mikhailovskii, M. S. Shirokov, A. I. Smolyakov, V. S. Tsypin, 2006. Two-stream-like mechanism of zonal-flow generation by Rossby waves in shallow rotating fluid, JETP Letters, v 84, pp. 81-83.
  23.     A. B. Mikhailovskii,  A. I. Smolyakov, V. S. Tsypin E. A. Kovalishen, M. S. Shirokov R. M. O. Galvão, 2006. Neoclassical generation of toroidal zonal flow by drift wave turbulence, Physics of Plasmas, 13, 032502 (11 pages).
  24.     E.  Lazzaro, E. Joffrin, R. Coelho, P. Mantica, A. I. Smolyakov, P. Zanca, G. Gervasini, M. C. Varischetti, 2006.  Effect of electrodynamic braking force localized on rational surfaces, Physica Scripta 73, 129-136.
  25.    Y.Ishii, M.Azumi, and A.Smolyakov, 2006, Nonlinear dynamics of the forced magnetic island, Journal of Plasma Physics, accepted.
  26.    D. Sydorenko, A.  Smolyakov, I.  Kaganovich, Y.  Raitses, 2006.  Kinetic simulation of secondary electron emission effects in Hall thrusters, Physics of Plasmas 13, 014501.
  27.    I. Khalzov, A. Smolyakov, 2006. On the Calculations of the Steady State MHD flows in Cicular Rectangular Ducts, Technical Physics 51, p 26-33.
  28.     A. I. Smolyakov, S. I. Krasheninnikov, and O. I. Tolstikhin, 2005. Electromagnetic instability of an axially inhomogeneous plasma, Physics of Plasmas 12, 052112, 6 pages.
  29.     A.I. Smolyakov, H.R. Wilson, M. Ottaviani, and F. Porcelli, 2004.  Ion sound effects on magnetic islands, Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion 46, L1-L6.
  30.     A.I. Smolyakov, E. Lazzaro, 2004. On neoclassical effects in the theory of magnetic islands, Physics of Plasmas 11, 4353.
  31.     A. Smolyakov, M. Yagi, Y. Kishimoto, 2002. Short Wavelength Temperature Gradient Driven Modes in Tokamak Plasmas, Physical Review Letters 89, 125005, p.1-4.
  32.     A. Smolyakov, P. Diamond, Y. Kishimoto, 2002. Secondary instabilities of large scale flow and magnetic field in the electromagnetic short wavelength drift-Alfven wave turbulence, Physics of Plasmas 9, 3826-3834. 
  33.     Y. Tyshetskiy, A. Smolyakov, V. Godyak, 2003. Reduction of the Electron Heating in Low Frequncy Anomalous Skin Effect Regime. Physical Review  Letters 90 255002.
  34.     A. Smolyakov, V. Godyak, Y. Tyshetskiy, 2003. Nonlinear Effects in Inductively Coupled Plasmas.  Physics of Plasmas 10, 2108-2116.
  35.     I. Gruzinov, A. Das, P. H. Diamond and A. Smolyakov, 2002.  Fast zonal field dynamo in collisionless kinetic Alfven wave turbulence, Physics Letters A  302,   119-124.
  36.     A. Smolyakov, M. Yagi, Y. Kishimoto, 2002. Short Wavelength Temperature Gradient Driven Modes in Tokamak Plasmas, Physical Review  Letters 89, 125005,  p.1-4.
  37.     A. Smolyakov, P. Diamond, Y. Kishimoto, 2002. Secondary instabilities of large scale flow and magnetic field in the electromagnetic short wavelength drift-Alfven wave turbulence,    Physics of Plasmas 9, 3826-3834.
  38.     Y. Tyshetskiy, A. Smolyakov, V. Godyak, 2002.  Nonlocal heating in inductively coupled plasma, Plasma Sources: Science and Technology, 11, 203- 207.
  39.     A. I. Smolyakov, E. Lazzaro, R. Coelho, T. Ozeki, 2002. Role of the shear flow profile on the stability of magnetic islands, Physics of Plasmas 9,  371-374.
  40.     A. Smolyakov, E. Lazzaro, M. Azumi, Y. Kishimoto, 2001. Stabilization of magnetic islands due to plasma flow and viscosity, Plasma Physics Controlled Fusion 43, 1661-1669. 
  41.     A. Smolyakov, P.H. Diamond, I. Gruzinov, A. Das, M. Malkov, V.I. Schevchenko, 2000. Shear flow instabilities in magnetized plasma and geostrophic fluids, In International School of Plasma Physics, Theory of Fusion Plasmas, ed. by J. W. Connor, Societa Italiana di Fisica, Editrice    Compositori   Bologna, 199-211.
  42.    A. I. Smolyakov, A.V. Kustov, R.A. Makarevitch, 2001. Secondary instabilities in the dynamics of the Farley-Buneman fluctuations, Journal of Geophysical Research 106, 15,511-15,518.
  43.     A. Smolyakov, V. Godyak, Y. Tyshetskiy, 2001.  Effect of the electron thermal motion on the ponderomotive force in   inductive plasma, Physics of Plasmas 7, 3857-3860.
  44.     A. Smolyakov, V. Godyak, A. Duffy, 2000. On nonlinear effects in inductively coupled plasmas.  Physics of Plasmas 7, 4755-4762.
  45.     V. Godyak, R. Piejak, B. Alexandrovich, and A. Smolyakov, 2001. Observation of the ponderomotive effect in an inductive plasma, Plasma Sources Science and Technology 10, 459-462.
  46.     V. Godyak, R. Piejak, B. Alexandrovich, and A. Smolyakov, 2000. Nonlinear radio-frequency potential in an inductive plasma, Plasma Sources Science and Technology 9, 541-544.
  47.     A.I. Smolyakov, P.H. Diamond, and V.I. Shevchenko, 2000, Zonal flow generation by parametric instability in magnetized plasmas and geostrophic fluids, Physics of Plasmas, 7, 1349-1351.
  48.     E.S. Furkal, A.I. Smolyakov, 2000.  The generalized transport equations for arbitrary collision frequency in a weakly ionized plasma, Physics of Plasmas, 7, 122-134.
  49.     A.I. Smolyakov, P.H. Diamond, 1999, Generalized action invariants for drift wave-zonal flow systems, Physics of Plasmas, 6, 4410-4413.
  50.     A.I. Smolyakov, P.H. Diamond, M. Malkov, 2000, Coherent structure phenomena in drift wave - zonal flow turbulence, Physical Review Letters, 84, 491-494.
  51.     A.I. Smolyakov, I. Khabibrakhmanov, 1998. Nonlinear diffusion of the magnetic field in weakly ionized plasma, Physical Review Letters, 81, 4871-4873.
  52.     P.H. Diamond, M.N. Rosenbulth, F.L. Hinton, M.Malkov, J. Fleisher, A. Smolyakov, 1998.  Dynamics of zonal flows and self-regulating drift-wave turbulence, International Atomic Energy Agency Vienna, 1998, IAEA-CN-69/TH3/1.
  53.     A.I. Smolyakov, A. Hirose, E. Lazzaro, J.D. Callen, and G.B. Re, 1995.  Nonlinear Magnetic Islands in a Rotating Toroidal Plasma, Physics of Plasmas, 2, 1581-1598.
  54.     A. Hirose and A.I. Smolyakov, 1995.  Beta Enhancement of Thermal Diffusivity Due to Long Wavelength Modes in Tokamaks, Nuclear Fusion, 35, 483-486.
  55.     A.I. Smolyakov and P.N. Yushmanov, 1993.  Neoclassical Diffusion in a Turbulent Plasma, Nuclear Fusion, 33, 383-398.
  56.     L.E. Zakharov, A. I. Smolyakov, and A.A. Subbotin, 1990. Quasilinear Saturation and Bifurcations of the Magnetic Islands in a Finite Pressure Plasma, Soviet Journal of Plasma Physics, 16, 451-454.
  57.     A.I. Smolyakov, 1989.  Drift Magnetic Islands in a Tokamak, Soviet Journal of Plasma Physics, 15, 667-670.

Full CV and list of publications are available here.


Teaching & Supervision


Phys 983: Nano electronics

EP 464:  Applied Electromagnetism

Phys 461/Phys 861: Physics of Fluids and Plasmas


Plasma Physics astrophysical fusion ionosphere magnetics plasma space waves

Education & Training

Nonlinear waves in electron-positron plasmas. M.Sc., Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, 1983, Division of Molecular and Chemical Physics, Department of Physics and Chemistry of Plasmas, Engineer-Physicist.

Alfven and magnetosonic solitons and their stability.   Ph.D  (Candidate of Physical and Mathematical Sciences), 1986, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.

Awards & Honours

  • Fellow of American Physical Society, awarded by American Physical Society USA June 2004