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Professor Lev Kantorovich


Telephone: +44 020 7848 2160


Office: S7.25

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Research GroupTheory & Simulation of Condensed Matter

Thomas Young Centre - Professor Lev Kantorovich

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Lev studied physics at the Latvian University, Riga, Latvia (formerly USSR) between 1974-9 and then worked as a researcher in Riga. He defended his PhD on Theoretical Simulation of Radiative Processes in 1975. In 1994 he moved to the UK for a postdoctoral position in Keele with Mike Gillan on AB Initio Modelling of Surfaces. In 1996 he moved to University College London to work with Marshall Stoneham and Alex Shluger on AFM Modelling. Between 2000 and 2002 he was a temporary lecturer position at University College London.  Lev became a Lecturer at King’s College London in 2002 progressing to a Reader in 2005 and a Professor in 2009.


Theoretical simulations of STM and Non-Contact AFM imaging of crystal surfaces, manipulation of atoms and molecules by means of STM and AFM, surface defects and adsorbed species; self-assembled supra-molecular assemblies of organic molecules on metallic and semiconducting surfaces; development of electronic embedding techniques; group-function methods; non-equilibrium statistical mechanics including classical and quantum dynamics of open system using Generalise Langevin Equation; quantum transport and noise in multi-terminal junctions studied using non-equilibrium Green’s Functions; growth of graphene and self-assembled structures using Kinetic Monte-Carlo.


Publications Repository

L. Kantorovich, Simulating system dynamics with arbitrary time step. - Phys. Rev. B75 (2007) No. 064305.

T. Trevethan, M. Watkins, L. N. Kantorovich, and A. L. Shluger, Controlled manipulation of atoms in insulating surfaces with the Virtual Atomic Force Microscope. - Phys. Rev. Lett., v. 98, No.028101 (2006).

Y. J. Li, H. Nomura, N. Ozaki, Y. Naitoh, M. Kageshima, Y. Sugawara, C.Hobbs and L. Kantorovich,Origin of p(2x1) Phase on Si(001) by Noncontact Atomic Force Microscopy at 5 K. - Phys. Rev. Letters, v. 96, No.106104 (2006)

D. L. Keeling, M. J. Humphry, R. H. J. Fawcett, P. H. Beton, C. Hobbs and L. Kantorovich, Bond breaking coupled with translation in rolling of covalently bound molecules.- Phys. Rev. Lett., v. 94 (2005) No. 146104.

L. Kantorovich and T. Trevethan, General theory of microscopic dynamical response in surface probe microscopy: from imaging to dissipation. - Phys. Rev. Lett., v. 93, No. 236102 (2004).

R. E. A. Kelly and L. Kantorovich, General Approach in Constructing Planar Gas-Phase Nucleic Acid Base Super-Structures. - Journal of Materials Chemistry, v. 16, p. 1894 (2006), Feature Article.

PhD Vacancies

Applications are invited for research in the Theory & Simulation of Condensed Matter group.

To apply for the Physics MPhil/PhD  please fill in an application form  Further details and guidelines can be found here .

All relevant information regarding eligibility, including academic and English language requirements, is available from the online prospectus.

Funding your PhD

We have several funded opportunities available.  All eligible applications will be automatically considered for these award.   There are a number of funding schemes available associated with different application deadlines and eligibility requirements. Please visit our 'Funding your PhD ' webpage for further details.

For further details contact Professor Lev Kantorovich and or the Postgraduate Tutor Dr Cedric Weber.



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