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Yaroslav Tserkovnyak, Ph.D.

Professor, Physics and Astronomy
Member, California NanoSystems Institute

Ph.D., Harvard University, 2003
B.Sc., University of British Columbia, 1999

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Mailing Address: Department of Physics & Astronomy, UCLA
6-137C Knudsen
Los Angeles, CA 90095
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Work Phone Number: (310) 794-9520
Research Interests:

My interests lie broadly in quantum transport and nonequilibrium phenomena in nanostructures. Specific topics include (1) Spin-charge coupled transport in the presence of spin-orbit interactions: Boundary spin Hall effect, spin diffusion and spin drag, Aharonov-Casher spin interference effects in mesoscopic rings. Non-Abelian field-theoreical formulation of spin-orbit interaction phenomena. (2) Nonlinear ferromagnetic dynamics in the presence of large currents: Nonlocal spin-torque effects, pumping and damping, magnetic instabilities, domain-wall dynamics, finite-temperature and stochastic effects, microwave emission; magnetic memory, spin transistor, and spin battery applications. (3) Strongly correlated one-dimensional systems: Transport manifestations of spin-charge separation, finite temperature and finite-energy effects beyond Luttinger-liquid paradigm, bosonic and fermionic Wigner crystals, localization in one dimension. (4) Side interests include critical dynamics in classical fluid systems such as biological membranes, elasticity and sound propagation in porous and granular media, non-Abelian statistics and other quantum topological effects in two dimensions.

Additional Information:

After graduating from the National Physics and Mathematics High School in 1996, enrolled in full-time university programs at Bogomolets National Medical University, General Medicine Department, and Shevchenko National University, Physics Department, all in Kyiv. In 1997, transferred to the University of British Columbia, completing Honors B.Sc. program in Physics and Mathematics two years later. Completed Ph.D. in Physics at Harvard University in 2003 and stayed on as Harvard Junior Fellow for three more years. Since 2006 on faculty at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Selected Publications:

Kovalev AA, Sinova J, Tserkovnyak Y, Anomalous Hall effect in disordered multiband metals, Phys Rev Lett, 2010, 105 (3), 036601.
Sato K, Loss D, Tserkovnyak Y, Cooper-pair injection into quantum spin Hall insulators, Phys Rev Lett, 2010, 105 (22), 226401.
Clement H. Wong and Yaroslav Tserkovnyak , Dissipative dynamics of magnetic solitons in metals, Phys. Rev. B, 2010, 81 (6), 060404(R) .
Alexey A. Kovalev and Yaroslav Tserkovnyak, Magnetocaloritronic nanomachines , Solid State Communications, 2010, 150 (11-12), 500-4 .
Starikov AA, Kelly PJ, Brataas A, Tserkovnyak Y, Bauer GE, Unified first-principles study of gilbert damping, spin-flip diffusion, and resistivity in transition metal alloys, Phys Rev Lett, 2010, 105 (23), 236601.
Tserkovnyak, Y., Kindermann, M., Aharonov-Casher Effect in Exchange Interactions in a Wigner Crystal, Physical Review Letters, 2009, 102 (12), 126801.
Tserkovnyak, Y., Akhanjee, S., Spin-selective localization due to intrinsic spin-orbit coupling, Physical Review B, 2009, 79 (8), 085114.
Tserkovnyak, Y., Wong, C. H., Theory of spin magnetohydrodynamics, Physical Review B, 2009, 79 (1), 014402.
Kovalev, A. A., Tserkovnyak, Y., Vyborny, K.Sinova, J., Transport theory for disordered multiple-band systems: Anomalous Hall effect and anisotropic magnetoresistance, Physical Review B, 2009, 79 (19), 195129.
Tserkovnyak, Y., Hankiewicz, E. M., Vignale, G., Transverse spin diffusion in ferromagnets, Physical Review B, 2009, 79 (9), 094415.
Foros, J. Brataas, A. Tserkovnyak, Y. Bauer, G. E. W., Current-induced noise and damping in nonuniform ferromagnets, Physical Review B, 2008, 78 (14), 140402(R).
Tserkovnyak, Y. Mecklenburg, M., Electron transport driven by nonequilibrium magnetic textures, Physical Review B, 2008, 77 (13), 134407.
Hankiewicz, E. M. Vignale, G. Tserkovnyak, Y., Inhomogeneous Gilbert damping from impurities and electron-electron interactions, Physical Review B, 2008, 78 (2).
Kovalev AA, Zârbo LP, Tserkovnyak Y, Bauer GE, Sinova J, Piezospin polarization of currents in nanostructures, Physical Review Letters, 2008, 101 (3), 036401.
Brataas, A., Tserkovnyak, Y., Bauer, G. E. W., Scattering theory of Gilbert damping, Physical Review Letters, 2008, 101 (3), 037207.
Tserkovnyak, Y. Brataas, A. Bauer, G. E. W., Theory of current-driven magnetization dynamics in inhomogeneous ferromagnets, Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, 2008, 320 (7), 1282-1292.
T. Moriyama, R. Cao, X. Fan, G. Xuan, B. K. Nikolić, Y. Tserkovnyak, J. Kolodzey, and John Q. Xiao, Tunnel barrier enhanced voltage signal generated by magnetization precession of a single ferromagnetic layer, Physical Review Letters, 2008, 100 (6).
Tserkovnyak, Y. Moriyama, T. Xiao, J. Q., Tunnel-barrier-enhanced dc voltage signals induced by magnetization dynamics in magnetic tunnel junctions, Physical Review B, 2008, 78 (2), 020401(R).
Tserkovnyak, Y. Halperin, B. I. Kovalev, A. A. Brataas, A., Boundary spin Hall effect in a two-dimensional semiconductor system with Rashba spin-orbit coupling, Physical Review B, 2007, 76 (8).
E. M. Hankiewicz, G. Vignale, and Y. Tserkovnyak, Gilbert damping and spin Coulomb drag in a magnetized electron liquid with spin-orbit interaction, Physical Review B, 2007, 75 (17).
Hans Joakim Skadsem, Yaroslav Tserkovnyak, Arne Brataas, and Gerrit E. W. Bauer , Magnetization damping in a local-density approximation, Physical Review B, 2007, 75 (9), 094416.
Foros, J., Brataas, A., Bauer, G. E. W., Tserkovnyak, Y., Resistance noise in spin valves, Physical Review B, 2007, 75 (9), 092405.
Brataas, A. Mal'shukov, A. G. Tserkovnyak, Y., Spin injection in quantum wells with spatially dependent rashba interaction, New Journal of Physics, 2007, 9 (345).
Tserkovnyak Y, Nelson DR, Conditions for extreme sensitivity of protein diffusion in membranes to cell environment, PNAS, 2006, 103 (41), 15002-7.
Tserkovnyak, Y. Skadsem, H. J. Brataas, A. Bauer, G. E. W., Current-induced magnetization dynamics in disordered itinerant ferromagnets, Physical Review B, 2006, 74 (14), 144405.
Wang X, Bauer GE, van Wees BJ, Brataas A, Tserkovnyak Y, Voltage generation by ferromagnetic resonance at a nonmagnet to ferromagnet contact, Physical Review Letters, 2006, 97 (21), 216602.
Foros J, Brataas A, Tserkovnyak Y, Bauer GE, Magnetization noise in magnetoelectronic nanostructures, Phys Rev Lett, 2005, 95 (1), 016601.
Tserkovnyak, Y., Brataas, A., Bauer, G.E.W., and Halperin, B.I., Nonlocal Magnetization Dynamics in Ferromagnetic Hybrid Nanostructures, Rev. Mod. Phys, 2005, 77, 1375 .
Auslaender, O.M., Steinberg, H., Yacoby, A., Tserkovnyak, Y., Halperin, B.I., Baldwin, K.W., Pfeiffer, L.N., and West, K.W., Spin-Charge Separation and Localization in One Dimension, Science, 2005, 308 (5718), 88 - 92.
Tserkovnyak, Y. and Brataas, A., Spontaneous-Symmetry-Breaking Mechanism of Adiabatic Pumping, Phys. Rev. B, 2005, 71 (5), 052406.
Bauer GE, Brataas A, Tserkovnyak Y, Halperin BI, Zwierzycki M, Kelly PJ, Dynamic ferromagnetic proximity effect in photoexcited semiconductors, Phys Rev Lett, 2004, 92 (12), 126601.
Brataas A, Tserkovnyak Y, Spin and charge pumping by ferromagnetic-superconductor order parameters, Phys Rev Lett, 2004, 93 (8), 087201.
Tserkovnyak Y, Johnson DL, Capillary forces in the acoustics of patchy-saturated porous media, J Acoust Soc Am, 2003, 114 (5), 2596-606.
Heinrich, B., Tserkovnyak, Y., Woltersdorf, G., Brataas, A., Urban, R., and Bauer, G.E.W., Dynamic Exchange Coupling in Magnetic Bilayers, Phys. Rev. Lett, 2003, 90 (18), 187601.
Brataas A, Zaránd G, Tserkovnyak Y, Bauer GE, Magnetoelectronic spin echo, Phys Rev Lett, 2003, 91 (16), 166601.
Tserkovnyak, Y. and Simon, S.H., Monte Carlo Evaluation of Non-Abelian Statistics, Phys. Rev. Lett, 2003, 90 (1), 016802.
Tserkovnyak, Y., Brataas, A., and Bauer, G.E.W., Enhanced Gilbert Damping in Thin Ferromagnetic Films, Phys. Rev. Lett, 2002, 88 (11), 117601.
Tserkovnyak, Y., Halperin, B.I., Auslaender, O.M., and Yacoby, A., Finite-Size Effects in Tunneling between Parallel Quantum Wires, Phys. Rev. Lett, 2002, 89 (13), 136805.