Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Professor of Molecular Physics



+44 (0)20 7594 7746v.averbukh Website




209Blackett LaboratorySouth Kensington Campus





I am a theoretician working on a wide range of topics in molecular spectroscopy, from ab intitio many-body theory of attosecond electron dynamics to biomolecular mass spectrometry

in the field of attosecond physics. I study fundamental ultrafast electronic processes that occur in molecules and clusters following excitation and/or ionisation, for example by a laser pulse. These electronic transitions, 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. They are of high practical importance for estimation and understanding of the radiation damage done by high-frequency radiation. My group is developing and using 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. The ab initio computational method developed in my group recently, B-spline algebraic diagrammatic construction (ADC), allows us to look inside the radiative and non-radiative many-electron transitions in order to study the onset and the effect of quantum coherence on these phenomena.

More recently, I have become interested in bioinformatics, especially in the numerical simulations and software development for the new type of biomolecular mass spectrometry.

I was an EPSRC Research Fellow in 2010-2015, was appointed a Lecturer in 2011, Senior Lecturer in 2014, Reader in Molecular Physics in 2018 and Professor of Molecular Physics in 2022 .


Commercial activity

Scientific Consultant, Maxeler Technologies Ltd, London (now part of Groq, US). Brokering and supervising technological development projects with Imperial College London (Chemistry, Physics), The Institute of Cancer, CERN, European XFEL, UK and foreign government. 



2011-2019  Linear Algebra module in the Mathematics for Controlled Quantum Dynamics course for the CDT students

2011-2014 Quantum Optics (Year 3, together with Jon Marangos)

2015-2019 Group Theory (Year 3)

2020-present Complex Analysis (Year 1)



Driver T, Pipkorn R, Averbukh V, et al., 2023, Identification of cofragmented combinatorial peptide isomers by two-dimensional partial covariance mass spectrometry, Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry, Vol:34, ISSN:1044-0305, Pages:1230-1234

Ruberti M, Averbukh V, 2023, Advances in modeling attosecond electron dynamics in molecular photoionization, Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews-computational Molecular Science, ISSN:1759-0876

Schwickert D, Ruberti M, Kolorenc P, et al., 2022, Charge-induced chemical dynamics in glycine probed with time-resolved Auger electron spectroscopy, Structural Dynamics-us, Vol:9

Tarrant J, Khokhlova M, Averbukh V, 2022, Interferometry of quantum revivals (vol 157, 054304, 2022), Journal of Chemical Physics, Vol:157, ISSN:0021-9606

Ruberti M, Patchkovskii S, Averbukh V, 2022, Quantum coherence in molecular photoionization, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, Vol:24, ISSN:1463-9076, Pages:19673-19686

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