Alexey Arefiev
Research Scientist
Institute for Fusion Studies


Mailing Address: Campus Address:


The University of Texas at Austin   Robert Lee Moore Bldg. (RLM) 11.312


Institute for Fusion Studies Telephone Contact Information:


1 University Station, C1500   Office: (512) 471-3316


Austin, Texas 78712-0262   Fax: (512) 471-6715
Email: Institute for Fusion Studies Web Page

Current Research Area


Dr. Arefiev's research is primarily focused on the study of laser-plasma interactions, relativistic plasmas, and high energy-density phenomena, including applications, through first-principle high-performance computing. Dr. Arefiev has a broad plasma physics background both in analytical theory and simulations in the areas that include plasma propulsion, microwave plasma heating, plasma sources, and basic plasma physics. Dr. Arefiev received his B.S. in physics from Novosibirsk State University (Russia) in 1998 and his Ph.D in physics from The University of Texas at Austin in 2002. In 2003, Dr. Arefiev was selected by the Division of Plasma Physics of the American Physical Society to receive the Marshall N. Rosenbluth Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award for his work on plasma propulsion. Dr. Arefiev serves as a co-executive secretary of the Joint Institute for Fusion Theory (2011- present).

Selected Publications that are representative of Arefiev's work include:

    1. D. Stark, T. Toncian, and A. Arefiev, "Enchanced multi-MeV photon emission by a laser-driven electron beam in a self-generated magnetic field" Phys. Rev. Lett. 116, 185003 (2016).
    2. A. Arefiev, V. Khudik, A. P. L. Robinson, G. Shvets, L. Willingale, and M. Schollmeier, "Beyond the ponderomotive limit: direct laser acceleration of relativistic electrons in sub-critical plasmas” Phys. Plasmas 23, 056704 (2016).
    3. A. Sorokovikova, A. Arefiev, C. McGuffey, B. Qiao, A. P. L. Robinson, M. S. Wei, H. S. McLean, and F. Beg, “Generation of superponderomotive electrons in multipicosecond interactions of kilojule laser beams with solid-density targets” Phys. Rev. Lett. 116, 155001 (2016).
    4. D. Stark, C. Bhattacharjee, A. Arefiev, T. Toncian, R. Hazeltine, and S. Mahajan, “Relativistic plasma polarizer: impact of temperature anisotropy on relativistic transparency” Phys. Rev. Lett. 115, 025002 (2015).
    5. A. Arefiev, G. Cochran, D. Schumacher, A. Robinson, and G. Chen, “Temporal resolution criterion for correctly simulating relativistic electron motion in a high-density laser field” Phys. Plasmas 22, 013103 (2015).
    6. M. McCormick, A. Arefiev, H. Quevedo, R. Bengston, and T. Ditmire, “Observation of self-sustaining relativistic ionization wave launched by a sheath field” Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 045002 (2014).
    7. A. Robinson, A. Arefiev, and D. Neely, “Generating 'superponderomotive' electrons due to a non-wake-field interaction between a laser pulse and a longitudinal electric field” Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 065002 (2013).
    8. A. Arefiev, B. Breizman, M, Schollmeier, and V. Khudik, “Enchancement of laser-driven electron acceleration in preplasma via parametric resonance” Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 145004 (2012).
    9. A. Arefiev and B. Breizman, “Magnetohydrodynamic scenario of plasma detachment in a magnetic nozzle” Phys. Plasmas 12, 043504 (2005).