Serge Kalmykov is employed as Physicist by Leidos Inc. He provides theoretical and computational support to Ultra-Short Pulse Laser program at High Power Electromagnetics Division, Air Force Research Laboratory (Kirtland AFB, New Mexico). His research interests are in plasma theory, high-field laser science, advanced accelerator concepts, relativistic nonlinear optics, and plasma-based radiation sources. He has authored and co-authored 47 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters on these topics, regularly consults experimental groups in plasma simulation and theory, and is keen on teaching graduate courses on laser-plasma interaction theory.
Serge Kalmykov holds MS summa cum laude in applied mathematics and physics from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology - State University (1995) and PhD in Plasma Physics from Joint Institute for High Temperatures, Russian Academy of Sciences (2001). His graduate research was supported by the stipend of International Soros Scientific Educational Program – Open Society Institute. From 2001-06, he held postdoctoral positions in École Polytechnique (Palaiseau, France), MPI für Quantenoptik (Garching-bei-München, Germany), Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago, IL), and Institute for Fusion Science (IFS) at The University of Texas at Austin. In 2006-10, he was employed by the IFS as a Research Associate. In 2010-16, he served as an Assistant Research Professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), where he remains Adjunct Faculty.
Dr. Kalmykov is a Senior Member of IEEE (Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society and Microwave Theory and Techniques Society), and a Senior Member of Optical Society of America. He is an Editorial Board Member of Scientific Reports (Springer Nature Ltd.) He is recognized as an Outstanding Referee for journals of the American Physical Society (2011, lifetime).