Elena Litvinova

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Elena Litvinova
Assistant Professor of Physics
Office: 
(269) 387-4953
Location: 
1130 Everett Tower, Mail Stop 5252
Mailing address: 
Department of Physics
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5252 USA
Education: 
  • Ph.D., Nuclear and Particle Physics, Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Dubna, Russia, 2003
Teaching interests: 
  • Nuclear physics
  • Quantum mechanics
Research interests: 
  • Relativistic nuclear many-body problem
  • Quantum field theory
  • Nuclear astrophysics
Bio: 

Dr. Elena Litvinova is an assistant professor of theoretical nuclear physics in the Department of Physics at Western Michigan University. She is also an adjunct assistant professor at Michigan State University.

After receiving her Ph.D., Litvinova became a senior scientist at the Institute of Physics and Power Engineering in Obninsk, Russia. In 2005, she joined the Technical University of Munich as an Alexander von Humboldt fellow, then worked as a research associate at GSI Helmholtzzentrum fur Schwerionenforschung in Darmstadt, Germany from 2007-12. She moved to Michigan State University as a Facility for Rare Isotope Beams Theory Fellow in 2012 and assumed her current roles at WMU and MSU in 2013.

Litvinova's research focuses mainly on nuclear structure theory, with study into finding high-precision solutions to the relativistic nuclear many-body problem, which involves both theory and software developments. Applications include exotic nuclear systems and nuclear astrophysics.