Berkeley Lab

BELLA People: Stepan Bulanov

Research Scientist
1 Cyclotron Road, MS 71-270
Berkeley CA 94720
telephone: 510-486-5939

Candidate of sciences in physics and mathematics (equivalent of Ph.D.) in the specialty theoretical physics, Institute of Theoretical and Experimental Physics, Moscow, Russia, 2005.

Engineer-Physicist (equivalent of MS)in the specialty applied mathematics and physics, Moscow Institute for Physics and Technology, Dolgoprudny, Moscow region, Russia, 1999.

Stepan Bulanov is a Research Scientist in the BELLA Center at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His recent research is connected with theoretical and computer simulation studies of the nonlinear QED effects, generation of laser-driven plasma waves, different regimes of laser ion and electron acceleration, as well as capillary discharges for guiding of high power laser pulses. He has published over 70 papers on these subjects.

He received the Engineer-Physicist degree in the specialty “Applied mathematics and physics” (equivalent to Master’s in Physics) in 1999 from Moscow Institute for Physics and Technology. His MS thesis was on the study of the effects of new physics and CP-violation in leptonic and radiative decays of K-mesons.

Bulanov received candidate of sciences in physics and mathematics (equivalent to Ph.D) in 2005 from the Institute of Theoretical and Experimental Physics. His research was focused on nonlinear effects of electron-positron pair production and ultra-short pulses generation under the action of strong electromagnetic fields in vacuum and plasma.

Professional experience

3/2015 ā€“ present: Research Scientist, BELLA center, LBNL.

2010-2015: Assistant Researcher, Physics Department, University of California, Berkeley.

2005-2010: Research Fellow in Center for Ultrafast Optical Science, University of Michigan.

2002-2005: Engineer-physicist, Theoretical Division, Institute of Theoretical and Experimental Physics, Moscow, Russia.

1999-2002: Postgraduate, Theoretical Division, Institute of Theoretical and Experimental Physics, Moscow, Russia.

Selected publications

S.S. Bulanov, E. Esarey, C.B. Schroeder, S.V. Bulanov, T. Zh. Esirkepov, M. Kando, F. Pegoraro, and W.P. Leemans: Enhancement of maximum attainable ion energy in the radiation pressure acceleration regime using a guiding structure. Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 105003 (2015)

S.S. Bulanov, T. Zh. Esirkepov, A.G.R. Thomas, J.K. Koga, and S.V. Bulanov: On the Schwinger limit attainability with extreme power lasers. Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 220407 (2010).

S.S. Bulanov, V.D. Mur, N.B. Narozhny, J. Nees, and V.S. Popov: Multiple colliding electromagnetic pulses: a way to lower the threshold of e+e- pair production from vacuum. Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 220404 (2010).

S.S. Bulanov, A. Brantov, V. Yu. Bychenkov, V. Chvykov, G. Kalinchenko, T. Matsuoka, P. Rousseau, S. Reed, V. Yanovsky, D. W. Litzenberg, K. Krushelnick, and A. Maksimchuk: Accelerating monoenergetic protons from ultrathin foils by flat-top laser pulses in the directed-Coulomb-explosion regime. Phys. Rev. E 78, 026412 (2008).

S.S. Bulanov, N. B. Narozhny, V. D. Mur, and V. S. Popov: e+eāˆ’ pair production by a focused laser pulse in vacuum. Physics Letters A 330, 1 (2004).