Alexey Kavokin is a theoretical physicist who led several international research projects aimed at the realization of a new generation of lasers: polariton lasers. Capitalising on the achieved breakthrough he now pursues his research in the area of quantum polaritonics aimed at the realization of a new platform for quantum computing. His most cited work are on the optical spin Hall effect, spin Meissner effect, bosonic cascade lasers and exciton-mediated superconductivity.
- Excitons and exciton-polaritons, photonic crystals and metamaterials, quantum computing, spintronics, superconductivity.
Development of the polaritonic platform for quantum computation. Light-induced superconductivity. Spin-orbit interaction in superfluids.
Current PhD Students
Condensed matter physics, semiconductor physics, photonics, quantum mechanics.
Graduated from the St-Petersburg Politechnic university in 1991, Alexey Kavokin has completed his PhD at the Ioffe institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences in 1993. After several postdoc contracts in France and Italy, he became a Professor at the Blaise Pascal university, Clermont-Ferrand, France, in 1998. In 2005 he moved to Southampton as a Chair of Nanophysics and Photonics. In 2006-2009 he worked also at the University of Rome II as a chairholder of the Marie Curie Chair of Excellence. Since 2018, Alexey Kavokin is a Chair Professor and Director of the International Center for Polaritonics at the Westlake university, Hangzhou, China. He keeps working part-time at the university of Southampton.