General Information

Head of the Department - corresponding member of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Professor, Doctor of Physics and Mathematics V.P. Gusynin.

Research fields

  • Quantum field theory and its applications to nuclear and particle physics and condensed matter physics
  • Astrophysics, cosmology and gravity theories
  • Condensed matter physics: graphene, high temperarture superconductivity, superfluidity

History of the department

Department of the theory of elementary particles was created at the institute in 1966. 
Its first head was corresponding member of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR professor A.N. Tavkhelidze. 
Department of relativity theory and gravitation, lead by A.Z. Petrov, was organized in 1970. 
In 1974, these two departments we combined into Department of astrophysics and elementary particles under the headship by professor P.I. Fomin (corresponding member of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine since 1990). 
Since 2007, the department is led by professor V.P. Gusynin (corresponding member of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine since 2012).
The department staff includes 4 Doctors of Sciences (E.V. Gorbar, V.P. Gusynin, L.L. Jenkovszky, Yu.V. Shtanov), 6 Candidates of Sciences (PhD) (A.I. Bugrij, D.A. Iakubovskyi, V.A. Kushnir, V.V. Kuzmichev, M.D. Tomchenko, A.V. Viznyuk) and a leading engineer (D.O. Savchenko).

International links

The department collaborates with

  • Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (Dubna, Russia),
  • INTEGRAL Science Data Center (Versoix, Switzerland),
  • Institute for Theoretical Physics of the University of Bern (Switzerland),
  • École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland),
  • Leiden University (The Netherlands),
  • University of Nottingham (UK),
  • Niels Bohr Institute of the University of Copenhagen (Denmark),
  • Inter-University Centre fro Astronomy and Astrophysics (Pune, India),
  • Physics Department of the Nagoya University (Japan),
  • University of Western Ontario (London, Canada), and other scientific institutions.


leading researcher L.L. Jenkovszky organizes two regular international conferences

  • “New trends in high-energy physics” and
  • “Bolyai–Gauss–Lobachevsky: Non-Euclidean geometry and its applications”.


Professor P.I. Fomin was elected  corresponding member of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine in 1990, and professor V.P. Gusynin in 2012. 
Doctor of Sciences L.L. Jenkovszky is elected foreign member of the Academy if Sciences of Hungary in 1998; he is also a member of Programme Committee in High-Energy Physics of the Joint Institute of Nuclear Research in Dubna. 

Professors P.I. Fomin, V.P. Gusynin and V.A. Miransky obtained the State Prize of Ukraine in 2006.
Doctor of Sciences L.L. Jenkovszky received the Proze of the National Academies of Sciences of Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova in 2006.
A.I. Bugrij obtained the A.S. Davydov Prize of the NAS of Ukraine in 2008. 
Yu.V. Shtanov obtained the E.P. Fedorov Prize of the NAS of Ukraine in 2009. 
Professor P.I. Fomin obtained the D.V. Volkov Prize of the NAS of Ukraine in 2011. 
Professor V.P. Gusynin obtained the S.I. Pekar Prize of the NAS of Ukraine in 2015. 

Among the awards for young sciences:
V.A. Krol obtained a Medal and Award of the Academy of Sciences of Ukraine in 1984,
I.A. Shovkovy obtained International Gribov Prize in 1997,
E.V. Gorbar and I.A. Shovkovy obtained Award of the NAS of Ukraine in 1998,
O.V. Gamayun obtained International Källen Prize in 2009 and the Prize of President of Ukraine in 2013,
D.A. Iakubovskyi obtained the Prize of President of Ukraine in 2014.

Selected publications

  1. P.I. Fomin, “Gravitational instability of the vacuum and the cosmological problem”, Dokl. Akad. Nauk USSR, Ser. A, No. 9, 831–835 (1975).
  2. A.I. Bugrij, G. Cohen-Tannoudji, L.L. Jenkovszky, N. A. Kobylinsky, “Dual amplitudes with mandelstam analyticity,” Fortsch. Phys. 21, 427 (1973).
  3. A. A. Trushevsky, “Some cosmological consequences of high-temperature phase transition in hadronic systems”, Astrofizika 13, № 2, 361–374 (1977).
  4. P.I. Fomin, V.P. Gusynin, V.A. Miransky, Yu.A. Sitenko, “Dynamical symmetry breaking and particle mass generation in gauge field theories”, Rivista del Nuovo Cimento 6, 1–90 (1983).
  5. V.P. Gusynin, V.A. Miransky, I.A. Shovkovy, “Catalysis of dynamical flavor symmetry breaking by a magnetic field in 2+1-dimensions”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 73, 3499 (1994).
  6. P.I. Fomin, V.V. Kuzmichev, “Gravitational fields of massive and massless axial-symmetric quadrupoles in general relativity,” Phys. Rev. D 49, 1854 (1994).
  7. Yu.V. Shtanov, J. Traschen, R. Brandenberger, “Universe reheating after inflation”, Phys. Rev. D 51, No. 10, 5438–5455 (1995).
  8. E.V. Gorbar, V.P. Gusynin, V.A. Miransky, I.A. Shovkovy, “Magnetic field driven metal-insulator phase transition in planar systems”, Phys. Rev. B 66, 045108 (2002).
  9. A.I. Bugrij, O.О. Lisovyy, “Spin matrix elements in 2D Ising model on the finite lattice”, Phys. Lett. A 319, 390 (2003).
  10. V. Sahni Yu. Shtanov, “Braneworld models of dark energy”, J. Cosmol. Astropart. Phys. 0311, 014 (2003).
  11. V.P. Gusynin, S.G. Sharapov, “Unconventional integer quantum Hall effect in graphene”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 95, 146801 (2005).
  12. V.P. Gusynin, S.G. Sharapov, “Unusual Microwave Response of Dirac Quasiparticles in Graphene”,Phys. Rev. Lett. 96, 256802 (2006).
  13. V.M. Loktev, M.D. Tomchenko, “On the possible nature of the electric activity of He II,” Low Temp. Phys. 34, 262 (2008).
  14. R. Fiore, L.L. Jenkovszky, R. Orava, E. Predazzi, A. Prokudin, O. Selyugin, “Forward physics at the LHC: Elastic Scattering,” Int. J. Mod. Phys. A 24, 2551 (2009).
  15. O.V. Gamayun, E.V. Gorbar, V.P. Gusynin, “Gap generation and semimetal-insulator phase transition in graphene”, Physical Review B 71, 075429 (2010).
  16. B. Novosyadlyj, V. Pelykh, Yu. Shtanov, A. Zhuk, Dark Energy: Observational Evidence and Theoretical Models, Kiev, Akademperiodyka (2013), 380 p.
  17. A. Boyarsky, O. Ruchayskiy, D. Iakubovskyi, J. Franse, “Unidentified line in X-ray spectra of the Andromeda galaxy and Perseus galaxy cluster,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 251301 (2014).
  18. A. Viznyuk, Y. Shtanov, V. Sahni, “No-boundary proposal for braneworld perturbations,” Phys. Rev. D 89, 083523 (2014).
  19. I.B. Vavilova, Yu.L. Bolotin, A.M. Boyarsky, F.A. Danevich, V.V. Kobychev, V.I. Tretyak, Iu.V. Babyk, D.A. Iakubovskyi, B.I. Hnatyk, S.G. Sergeev,Dark matter: Observational Manifestation and Experimental Searches, Kiev, Akademperiodyka (2015), 375 p.