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Nikolai Sinitsyn

My research is in statistical and quantum mechanics of mesoscopic systems - systems that have intermediate sizes between atomic (elementary) and macroscopic ones. I am trying to determine simple generic laws that would help us to use and control such systems. 

I obtained Ph.D. in condensed matter theory in 2004 (advisor - Prof. Valery Pokrovsky) and then I became a postdoc at U. Texas, Austin, working with Prof. Qian Niu and Prof. Allan H. MacDonald on the theory of the anomalous Hall effect. In 2006, I joined Los Alamos National Laboratory, in which I am currently a scientist staff member. My undergraduate school was Belarus State University, Minsk. 

Representative publications     
  • N. A. Sinitsyn,  Yan Li, S. A. Crooker, A. Saxena, and D. L. Smith, "Role of Nuclear Quadrupole Coupling on Decoherence and Relaxation of Central Spins in Quantum Dots".  PRL 109, 166605 (2012)    
  • V. Y. Chernyak, N. A. Sinitsyn, “Robust quantization of a molecular motor motion in a stochastic environment”, J. Chem. Phys. 131, 181101, (2009) arXiv:0906.3032


"This is nonsense but this is the world we are living in right now."
- Hillary Rodham Clinton 

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.” 

Title: Scientist-3 Staff Member

Address: Mail Stop B213, LANL, Los Alamos, NM 87545

E-mail address: nsinitsyn at 

Office Phone: 505-665-3175    

Areas of Research: 
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Statistical Mechanics of Mesoscopic Systems