Anatoly Larkin

Anatoly Ivanovich Larkin (Russian Анатолий Иванович Ларкин, English transcription Anatoly Larkin, born October 14, 1932 in Kolomna, USSR; † August 4, 2005 in Aspen (Colorado) ) was a Russian- American theoretical physicist who with mainly solid state physics dealt.


Larkin studied at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, received his doctorate in Arkady Migdal in Plasma Physics and 1965 on the theory of superconductors habilitation (Russian doctorate ). 1957 to 1966 he was at the Kurchatov Institute and then to 1995 head of department at the Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics. 1970 to 1991 he was also a professor at the Moscow State University. In the 1990s, he went to the USA and was from 1995 professor at the University of Minnesota ( William I. and Bianca M. Fine Professor ). He died unexpectedly while participating in a workshop in Aspen.

He had U.S. citizenship in addition to the Russian. Larkin is buried in Moscow. He was married and had two sons.

His doctoral heard Paul Wiegmann.


He has published over 230 scientific papers in solid-state physics, nuclear and elementary particle physics, plasma physics. The focus of his work was in theoretical solid state physics, especially the theory of superconductivity. He predicted the phenomenon of para- conductivity in superconductors and developed the theory of collective fixing of vortices in superconductors and the theory of weak localization and negative magnetoresistance in disordered metals. Later on, he dealt with fluctuations in superconductors and quantum chaos.

He turned early ( 1961) Methods of superconductivity in elementary particle physics (spontaneous symmetry breaking ).

Memberships and Honors

In 2002 he was awarded the Lars Onsager - price. In 2004 he received the John Bardeen Prize with David Nelson and Valeri Winokur for contributions to the theory of vortex matter. In 1993 he received the Hewlett Packard EUR Physics Prize and the Humboldt Medal. In 1990 he received the Fritz London Memorial Prize for Low Temperature Physics and the 1994 Award of Excellence of the World Congress of Superconductivity.

He was a full member of the Russian Academy of Sciences and in 1979 a corresponding member of the Soviet Academy of Sciences since 1991.


  • With A. Varlamov: Theory of fluctuations in superconductors. Oxford University Press, 2005.