Curriculum Vitae:  Boris Veniaminovich Fine


Assocaite Professor, Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, Skolkovo, Russia

Visiting Professor, Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany




Address :     Institute for Theoretical Physics
                    Philosophenweg 12
                    69120 Heidelberg,  Germany

Telephone+49 (6221) 54 5038
Fax:            +49 (6221) 54 9331
E.mail:       B.Fine(at)


Address :     Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology
                   Nobel Str. 3

                   Skolkovo Innovation Center

                   Moscow 143026


+7 (495) 280 14 81 ext. 3325
+7 (495) 280 14 82         


1994, M.S., Department of General and Applied Physics, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology .

2000, Ph.D., Department of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
                       Ph.D. thesis title: ``Theory of high-temperature spin dynamics.''
                       Advisor: A. J. Leggett

2013, Habilitation, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Heidelberg


1992-1994, Moscow,
I organized and was the director of PhysTech-College, the center for extra-curricular studies of
mathematics, physics and English for high school students. In the Spring of 1994, more than
hundred students attended PhysTech-College . The courses were taught by two professors and ten
teaching assistants.  Phystech-College has expanded since then. In 2011, PhysTech-College possessed the
largest network of educational centers in Russia (source PhysTech-College website) with several thousand
students attending its courses.

1995-2000, Urbana,  USA,
Alternatingly teaching or research assistant in the Physics Department, University of Illinois at

2000-2002, Utrecht,  Netherlands,
Postdoctoral research associate at   Spinoza Institute, Utrecht University.

2003-2004, Dresden,  Germany
Postdoctoral research associate at  Max Plank Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems.

Dec. 2004 - Jan. 2008,
Postdoctoral research associate Physics Department, University of Tennessee, Knoxville / Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Jan. 2008 - Aug. 2013
Leader of Young Investigators Group: Quantum Dynamics and Complex Quantum Systems
Institute for Theoretical Physics and Graduate School of Fundamental Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Heidelberg

Aug. 2013 – June 2014

Professor, Department of Physics, School of Science and Technology, Nazarbayev University


July 2014 – present

Associate Professor, Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology


1994, M.S. with highest honors (Summa Cum Laude), Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.

1998, Jordan Asketh Fellowship, Physics Department, University of Illinois. (The fellowship is annually awarded ``to an outstanding European [graduate] student who displays excellence and originality in a scientific field...'')

1998-99, Harry Drickamer Research Fellowship, University of Illinois. (awarded "for excellence in physics research")
2015, Best performance recognition, Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology


Dynamics-to-statistics and quantum-to-classical transition in nonequilibrium many-body systems;
chaos, decoherence, foundations of quantum statistical physics;
spin dynamics, spin-spin relaxation in nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR);
high-temperature superconductivity, stripes/inhomogeneities in high-Tc cuprates;

1/f noise.



[51] G. A. Starkov, B. V. Fine , Hybrid quantum-classical method for simulating high-temperature dynamics of nuclear spins in solids,  Physical Review B 98, 214421 (2018)         (e-print arXiv:1806.09355 )


[50]  P. Navez, G. A. Starkov, B. V. Fine, Classical spin simulations with a quantum two-spin correction, accepted to European Physical Journal – Special Topics (2018)   eprint arXiv:1812.02155


[49] A. E. Tarkhov, B. V. Fine, Estimating ergodization time of a chaotic many-particle system from a time reversal of equilibrium noise, New Journal of Physics (2018)  e-print arXiv:1804.09732 (2018)

[48] A. Zong, A. Kogar, Y.-Q. Bie, T. Rohwer, Ch. Lee, E. Baldini, E. Ergeçen, M. B. Yilmaz, B. Freelon, E. J. Sie, H. Zhou, J. Straquadine, P. Walmsley, P. E. Dolgirev, A. V. Rozhkov, I. R. Fisher, P. Jarillo-Herrero, B. V. Fine, N. Gedik, Evidence of topological defects in a photo-induced phase transition, Nature Physics, (2018) (e-print arXiv:1806.02766 )

[47] O. Lychkovskiy, B. V. Fine, Spin excitation spectrum of high-temperature cuprate superconductors from finite cluster simulations, J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 30 405801, (2018). (e-print arXiv:1712.09979 ) (2018).

[46] K. Ji, B. V. Fine, Suppression of heating in quantum spin clusters under periodic driving as a dynamic localization effect,  Phys. Rev. Lett. 121, 050602 (2018) (e-print arXiv:1712.10028)

W. Hahn, B. V. Fine, Quantifying Stability of Quantum Statistical Ensembles, J. Stat. Mech: Theory and Experiment 2018, 023107 (2018).   (e-print arXiv:1706.04751)

F. Kolley, O. Bohigas and B. V. Fine, Quantum Quenches with Random Matrix Hamiltonians and Disordered Potentials, Ann. Phys. (Berlin) 2017, 1700009 (2017) (e-print arXiv:1209.2954)

A. E. Tarkhov, S. Wimberger and B. V. Fine, Extracting Lyapunov exponents from the echo dynamics of Bose-Einstein condensates on a lattice, Phys. Rev. A 96, 023624 (2017) (e-print arXiv:1705.08176)

P. E. Dolgirev and B. V. Fine, Pseudogap and Fermi surface in the presence of a spin-vortex checkerboard for 1/8-doped lanthanum cuprates, Phys. Rev. B 96, 075137 (2017) (e-print arXiv:1705.08542)

W. Hahn and B. V. Fine, Thermalization as an invisibility cloak for fragile quantum superpositions, Phys. Rev. A 96, 012119 (2017) (e-print arXiv:1705.06467)

C. M. Kropf, J. Kohlrautz, J. Haase, and B. V. Fine,  Anomalous longitudinal relaxation of nuclear spins in CaF2, ,  Fortschr. Phys. 65, 1600023(2017) / DOI 10.1002/prop.201600023  (e-print arXiv:1510.06589 )

W. Hahn, B.V. Fine, Stability of quantum statistical ensembles with respect to local measurements, Phys. Rev. E 94, 062106 (2016) (e-print arXiv:1601.06402)

B. V. Fine, Comment on “Broken translational and rotational symmetry via charge stripe order in underdoped YBa2Cu3O6+y”Science 351, 235-a (2016)  (e-print arXiv:1602.00888)

A. S. de Wijn, B. Hess, B. V. Fine, Chaotic properties of spin lattices near second-order phase transitions, Phys. Rev. E 92, 062929 (2015) (eprint arXiv:1410.5599)

T. A. Elsayed and B. V. Fine, Sensitivity to small perturbations in systems of large quantum spins, Phys. Scr. 2015 014011, (2015) (eprint arXiv:1409.4763)

T. A. Elsayed and B. V. Fine, Effectiveness of classical spin simulations for describing NMR relaxation of quantum spins, Phys. Rev. B 91, 094424 (2015)  (eprint arXiv:1409.8564)

T. A. Elsayed, B. Hess and B. V. Fine, Signatures of chaos in time series generated by many-spin systems at high temperatures, Phys. Rev. E 90, 022910 (2014) (eprint arXiv:1105.4575 )

[33]  B. V. Fine, T. A. Elsayed, C. M. Kropf, and A. S. de Wijn, Absence of exponential sensitivity to small perturbations in nonintegrable systems of spins 1/2, Phys. Rev. E 89, 012923 (2014)  (eprint arXiv:1305.2817 )

[32]  A. S. de Wijn, B. Hess, and B. V. Fine, Lyapunov instabilities in lattices of interacting classical spins at infinite temperature, J. Phys. A: Math. Theor. 46  254012 (2013) [Special issue on Lyapunov analysis] (2013) eprint  arXiv:1209.1468

[31]  T. A. Elsayed, B. V. Fine,  Regression relation for pure quantum states and its implications for efficient computing, Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 070404 (2013)  (eprint  arXiv:1208.4652 )

[30] J. G. Brandenburg and B. V. Fine, Dimensionality of spin modulations in 1/8-doped lanthanum cuprates from the perspective of NQR and muSR experiments,  J. Supercond. Nov. Magn. 26, 2621 (2013) (eprint arXiv:1209.1934 )

[29] B. V. Fine and F. Hantschel, An alternative to the conventional micro-canonical ensemble, Physica Scripta T151, 014078 (2012) (eprint arXiv:1010.4673)

[28]  C. M. Kropf and B. V. Fine, Nonsecular resonances for the coupling between nuclear spins in solids, Phys. Rev. B 86, 094401 (2012) (eprint arXiv:1108.3997 )

[27] B. V. Fine, T. A. Elsayed,  E. G. Sorte and B. Saam, Asymptotic and intermediate long-time behavior of nuclear free induction decays in polycrystalline solids and powders, Phys. Rev. B 86, 054439 (2012) (eprint arXiv:1201.1793)

[26]  A. S. de Wijn, B. Hess and B. V. Fine, Largest Lyapunov exponents for the lattices of interacting classical spinsPhys. Rev. Lett. 109, 034101 (2012) (eprint arXiv:1205.2901)

[25]  E. G. Sorte, B. V. Fine and B. Saam, Phase relationship between the long-time beats of free induction decays and spin echoes in solids, Phys. Rev. B 85, 174425 (2012)  (eprint arXiv:1102.0527 )

[24]  W. Hahn and B. V. Fine, Non-Entangling Channels for Multiple Collisions of Quantum Wave Packets, Phys. Rev. A 85, 032713  (2012)    (eprint arXiv:1104.5421  )

[23]  K. Ji and B. V. Fine, Non-thermal statistics in isolated quantum spin clusters after a series of perturbations, Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 050401 (2011)  (eprint arXiv:1102.3651 )

[22]  F. Hantschel and B. V. Fine, Monte Carlo sampling of energy-constrained quantum superpositions in high-dimensional Hilbert spaces, Eur. Phys. J. D 63, 73 (2011) (eprint arXiv:1102.0531 )

[21]  E. G. Sorte,  B. V. Fine and B. Saam, Long-time behavior of nuclear spin decays in various lattices, Phys. Rev. B 83, 064302 (2011) (eprint arXiv:1010.6044)

[20]  B. V.  Fine,  Implications of magnetic vortex lattice scenario for 1/8-doped lanthanum cuprates, J. Supercond. Nov. Magn. 24, 1207 (2011) (eprint arXiv:0810.1889)

[19] T. Egami, B.V. Fine, D. Parshall, A. Subedi and D. J. Singh, Spin-Phonon Coupling and Superconductivity in Fe Pnictides, Adv. Cond. Mat. Phys. 2010, 164916 (2010) (eprint  arXiv:0907.2734)

T. Egami, B.V. Fine, D.J. Singh, D. Parshall, C. de la Cruz and P. Dai, Spin–lattice coupling in iron-pnictide superconductors, Physica C 470, S294 (2010) (eprint arXiv:0908:4361 )


[17]  B. V. Fine,  Typical state of an isolated quantum system with fixed energy and unrestricted participation of eigenstates, Phys. Rev. E 80, 051130 (2009), (eprint arXiv:0903:0626 )


[16] S. W. Morgan, B. V. Fine, and B. Saam,  Universal Long-Time Behavior of Nuclear Spin Decays in a SolidPhys. Rev. Lett. 101, 067601 (2008),  (eprint arXiv:0805.1751)

 B. Fine and T. Egami, Intermediate spin-charge order in the cuprates, Journal of Physics Conference Series 108, 012005 (2008)

 B. V. Fine and T. Egami, Phase separation in the vicinity of quantum-critical doping concentration: Implications for high-temperature superconductors, Phys. Rev. B 77, 014519 (2008) (eprint arXive:0707.3994 )

[13]  B. V. Fine, Magnetic vortices instead of stripes: another interpretation of magnetic neutron scattering in lanthanum cuprates, Phys. Rev. B 75, 060504 (2007) (eprint cond-mat/0610748)

[12]  B. V. Fine,  Interpretation of low-temperature nuclear quadrupole resonance spectra in La(1.875)Ba(0.125)CuO(4) in terms of two-dimensional spin superstructure, Phys. Rev. B 75, 014205 (2007), (e-print  cond-mat/0606300)

 B.V. Fine, Long-time behavior of spin echo, Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 247601 (2005) (e-print cond-mat/0411345)

 B. V. Fine, Temperature dependence of the superconducting gap in high-Tc cuprates, Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 157005 (2005) (e-print cond-mat/0408211)

 B. V. Fine, F. Mintert and A. Buchleitner, Equilibrium entanglement vanishes at finite temperature, Phys. Rev. B 71, 153105 (2005),  (e-print cond-mat/0505739

 B. V. Fine,  J. P. R. Bakker and J. I. Dijkhuis,  Long-range  fluctuations of random potential landscape as a mechanism of 1/f noise in hydrogenated  amorphous silicon , Fluctuations and Noise Letters 5L443-L456 (2005), preprint

[7]  B. V. Fine, Long-Time Relaxation on Spin Lattice as a Manifestation of Chaotic Dynamics ,  Int. J. Mod. Phys. B 18, 1119 (2004), (e-print cond-mat/9911230)

 B. V. Fine, Hypothesis of two-dimensional stripe arrangement and its implications for the superconductivity in high-Tc cupratesPhys. Rev. B 70, 224508 (2004),  (e-print cond-mat/0308428 )

 J. P. R. Bakker,  P. J. S. van Capel, B. V. Fine, and J. I. Dijkhuis, New experimental evidence for the role of long-range potential fluctuations in the mechanism of 1/f noise in a-Si:HJ. Non-Cryst. Solids 338-340, 310 (2004),  (e-print cond-mat/0310468 )

 B. V. Fine,  J. P. R. Bakker and J. I. Dijkhuis,  Long-range potential fluctuations and 1/f noise in hydrogenated  amorphous silicon, Phys. Rev.  B 68, 125207 (2003) (e-print cond-mat/0210680 )

 B. V. Fine, Universal Long-Time Relaxation on the Lattice of Classical Spins: Markovian Behavior on non-Markovian Timescales, J. Stat. Phys.  112, 319 (2003) (e-print cond-mat/9911229)

 J. P. R. Bakker,  P. J. S. van Capel, B. V. Fine, and J. I. Dijkhuis, Generaration-Recombination noise in a-Si:H Studied by Device Simulations, MRS Proceedings 715, A2.6, (2002),

B. V. Fine, NMR Spin-Spin Relaxation as Kinetics in Spin Phase Space , Phys.Rev.Lett. 79, 4673 (1997) (e-print cond-mat/9707249)

Not refereed/Preprints:

V. K. Bhartiya and B. V. Fine, Superconductivity model for a spin-vortex checkerboard, e-print arXiv:1703.09979 (2017)

B. V. Fine,  Superconductivity in the background of two-dimensional stripe superstructure,   in "New Challenges in Superconductivity: Experimental Advances and Emerging Theories", edited by J. Ashkenazi, M.V. Eremin, J. L. Cohn, I. Eremin, D. Manske, D. Pavuna, and F. Zuo (Kluwer Academic Publishers), pp. 159-164 (2004), (e-print  cond-mat/0404488)

B. V. Fine, Theory of high-temperature spin dynamics, Ph. D. thesis, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, (2000),  



2017 – 2019  -  18 mln Rubles – PI – Grant from Russian Science Foundation “Statistical Behavior of thermally isolated many-body quantum systems”


2016 – 2018     37.5 mln Rubles – PI - Grant of the Next Generation Program of Skoltech-MIT collaboration “Investigations of high-temperature superconductors and other complex quantum materials”.


2014 - 2017     18 mln Rubles –PI- Startup research package at Skoltech


2009-2012 - 128000 Euro – PI – “Equilibrium properties of isolated quantum systems beyond the micro-canonical ensemble”, Innovationsfond Frontier, University of Heidelberg/DFG(German research society)


2010-2011 – 15000 Euro – PI – “Pre-delocalization of energy in the medium of interacting two-level systems”, Center for Quantum Dynamics, University of Heidelberg


2010-2011 – 25000 Euro – co-PI – “Casimir-Polder Force between an Atom and a Liquid”, Center for Quantum Dynamics, University of Heidelberg


Three Ph.D. students in BF’s group are recipients of Ph.D. stipends:

Tarek Elsayed – stipend from the Heidelberg Graduate School of Fundamental Physics

Frank Hantschel – externally funded stipend from evangelical society e.V. Villigst

Walter Hahn – stipend of Education Society of German People (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes)



Electricity and Magnetism + Modern Physics course for pre-med students, University of Tennessee, Summer 2006;

“Nuclear spin dynamics in solids: computational challenges and microscopic chaos”, Univ. Heidelberg, Graduate Days, March 2008;

Quantum mechanics seminar, Univ. Heidelberg, Summer 2008; Summer  2009;
Winter 2011, Summer 2012

Physics 1: Mechanics, Univ. Heidelberg, Winter 2008, Winter 2009;

Introduction to Superconductivity, Univ. Heidelberg, Graduate Days, March 2009;

Nuclear spin dynamics in solids, Univ. Heidelberg, Summer 2010;

High-Temperature Superconductivity, Univ. Heidelberg, Summer 2011;

Physics I: Mechanics and Thermodynamics, Nazarbayev Univ., Fall 2013;

Classical Mechanics, Nazarbayev Univ., Fall 2013;

Physics II: Electricity, Magnetism and Optics, Nazarbayev Univ., Spring 2014;

Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics, Nazarbayev Univ., Spring 2014

Introduction to State Physics, Skoltech, Fall 2014


Advanced Solid State Physics,  Skoltech, Fall 2015  


2008-2013:  Co-organizer of a semi-annual graduate school at the University of Heidelberg called Graduate Days.

2013-2014:  Developed curricula for Bachelor, Master and Ph.D. programs in Physics at Nazarbayev University

2014 –  present:  Coordinator of Energy educational program + coordinator of Master of Science program in Applied Mathematics and Physics, Skoltech


raising three children,  chess,  table tennis