13 September 2016
Austrian Academy of Sciences, Festsaal
Doktor-Ignaz-Seipel-Platz 2, 1010 Vienna

Special Lecture: Extreme States of Matter on Earth and in Space

Academician Vladimir Fortov, President of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Director of the Joint Institute for High Temperatures of the Russian Academy of Sciences, provided a remarkable insight into the unusual forms and behavior of matter under extremely high pressures and temperatures.

Academician Vladimir Fortov © Russian Academy of Sciences

Academician Vladimir Fortov © Russian Academy of Sciences

In this public lecture, organized by IIASA and the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Fortov discussed the extreme states of matter, generated by strong shock explosions, detonation, electrical explosions, waves, intense laser, electron and ion beams, and other experimental methods characterized by extremely high pressures and temperatures.

As one of Russia’s leading physicists and a world expert in the physics of matter under extreme conditions, Fortov’s lecture informed and fascinated on the topic of plasma-, shock-wave, and high-energy-density physics.

Prior to the Public Lecture, Fortov visited IIASA and met with Professor Dr. Pavel Kabat (IIASA Director General and CEO) and Academician Alexei Gvishiani (IIASA Council Member representing the Russian Federation) to discuss research collaborations between Russia and IIASA.

The public lecture took place on Tuesday, 13 September at 6.30pm at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. 

16.09 Public Lecture with Vladimir Fortov

Academician Vladimir Fortov

Vladimir Fortov is President of the Russian Academy of Sciences, which is the IIASA National Member Organization representing the Russian Federation. He is also Director of the Joint Institute for High Temperatures of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Fortov and his Institute participated in the international Russian, French, German, Hungarian Space project VEGA - investigation of Halley comet.

He was awarded many prizes, including the A.P. Karpinsky International Scientific Award in Physics and Chemistry, the P. Bridgeman Prize for Achievements in High Pressure Physics, and the Max-Plank Award in Physics for Pioneering Investigations of Strongly Coupled Plasmas. He was the Minister of Science and Technology and Deputy Prime Minister of Russia from 1996 to 1998. Academician Fortov is also a Foreign Member of the US National Academy of Engineering, UK Royal Academy of Engineering, Sweden’s Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences, Norwegian Academy of Sciences, Royal Academy of Engineering of Spain, US National Academy of Sciences, European Academy of Sciences and Arts, and National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

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