Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Senior Lecturer



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209Blackett LaboratorySouth Kensington Campus





I am a theoretician who joined the Quantum Optics and Laser Science group of the Blackett laboratory in 2010. I study fundamental electronic processes that occur in molecules and clusters following excitation and/or ionisation, for example by a laser pulse. These electronic rearrangements, such as Auger decay, interatomic (intermolecular) Coulombic decay (ICD) and others, are driven by electron-electron interaction and are the basic manifestation of the electron correlation in nature. The decay processes lead to emission of electrons and often also to dissociation of a molecule or a cluster. They are of high practical importance for estimation and understanding of the radiation damage done by high-frequency radiation. I use the first principles many-electron theoretical methods to investigate the complex dynamics of the known electronic rearrangements and to predict new physical phenomena of this type.

I completed my PhD on atoms and molecules in high intensity laser fields in Technion - Israel Institute of Technology in 2001 with Nimrod Moiseyev. In 2003 I moved to Heidelberg University (Germany), where I worked with Lorenz S. Cederbaum on the theory of ICD in clusters. In 2007 I was granted an independent research position at the Finite Systems department (Director: Jan Michael Rost) of the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems (Dresden, Germany). In 2009 I was awarded the Career Acceleration Fellowship by the EPSRC and since 2011 I am a lecturer at the Department of Physics of Imperial College London.


Invited lectures and presentations

 "New attosecond spectroscopies for correlation-induced electron hole dynamics", CFEL theory seminar, CFEL, Hamburg, Germany, 12.02.2014.

"New ideas for attosecond time-resolved spectroscpies of electron hole dynamics", ISF workshop on laser-matter interaction, Ein-Gedi, Israel, 24.04.2013.

"Inter-atomic Coulombic decay in endohedral fullerenes", Spring DPG meeting, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany, 21.03.2013.


Commercial activity

Scientific Consultant, Maxeler Technologies



1. Linear Algebra module in the Mathematics for Controlled Quantum Dynamics course for the CDT students

2. Quantum Optics (together with Jon Marangos)

Lecture on Casimir effect by Peter Milonni:

"Anti-photon" by W E Lamb Jr:

It should be apparent from the title of this article that the author does not like the use of the word “photon" ...



Feifel R, Eland JHD, Squibb RJ, et al., 2016, Ultrafast Molecular Three-Electron Auger Decay, Physical Review Letters, Vol:116, ISSN:0031-9007

Kolorenc P, Averbukh V, Feifel R, et al., 2016, Collective relaxation processes in atoms, molecules and clusters, Journal of Physics B-atomic Molecular and Optical Physics, Vol:49, ISSN:0953-4075

Neville SP, Averbukh V, Patchkovskii S, et al., 2016, Beyond structure: ultrafast X-ray absorption spectroscopy as a probe of non-adiabatic wavepacket dynamics, Faraday Discussions, Vol:194, ISSN:1359-6640, Pages:117-145

Neville SP, Averbukh V, Ruberti M, et al., 2016, Excited state X-ray absorption spectroscopy: Probing both electronic and structural dynamics, Journal of Chemical Physics, Vol:145, ISSN:0021-9606

Simpson ER, Sanchez-Gonzalez A, Austin DR, et al., 2016, Polarisation response of delay dependent absorption modulation in strong field dressed helium atoms probed near threshold, New Journal of Physics, Vol:18, ISSN:1367-2630

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