Physics of Scale Activities

Igor E. Dzyaloshinskii


Russian theoretical physicist. A student of Lev Landau, Dzyaloshinskii pursued graduate studies at the Institute for Physical Problems. He completed his candidate’s dissertation in 1957, on the subject of weak ferromagnetism. He then worked on field theory, Feynman diagrams, superconductivity, and often carried out approximations of the renormalization group by summing diagrams. With Lev Petrovich Gor’kov and Alexei Abrikosov, from 1958 to 1961, Dzyaloshinski ascertained ways to apply quantum field methods to statistical physics. They published a pioneering and influential textbook in 1961, Methods of Quantum Field Theory in Statistical Physics (the English edition was published in 1963). Dzyaloshinskii specialized in condensed matter physics. He became a founding member of the Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics in Moscow, with the aim of training graduate students. With several colleagues, he analyzed magnetic phase transitions, crystallization, and quasi one-dimensional systems. He conjectured that there are cases of phase transitions where there are no fixed points. He also helped reformulate the work of Matsubara. He has developed diagrammatic techniques for evaluating transport coefficients at finite temperatures.

Igor E. Dzyaloshinski has been a Professor of Physics at the University of California at Irvine since 1992.

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