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Sergey Popel

  • Professor:Faculty of Physics
  • Professor:Joint Department of Space Physics with the Space Research Institute (RAS)
  • Sergey Popel has been at HSE University since 2017.

Education, Degrees and Academic Titles

  • 2010
  • 2000

    Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration

  • 1998

    Doctor of Sciences* in Theoretical Physics, Physics and Chemistry of Plasmas
    Prokhorov General Physics Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences
    Thesis Title: Regular and Random Fields in Evolution of Wave Spectra in Plasmas

  • 1991

    Candidate of Sciences* (PhD) in Theoretical Physics
    Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology
    Thesis Title: Radiative-Resonant Interactions, Current Drive, and Fast Particles in Plasmas

  • 1988

    Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology

* Candidate of Sciences
According to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) 2011, Candidate of Sciences belongs to ISCED level 8 - "doctoral or equivalent", together with PhD, DPhil, D.Lit, D.Sc, LL.D, Doctorate or similar. Candidate of Sciences allows its holders to reach the level of the Associate Professor.
* Doctor of Sciences
A post-doctoral degree called Doctor of Sciences is given to reflect second advanced research qualifications or higher doctorates in ISCED 2011.

Continuing education / Professional retraining / Internships / Study abroad experience

Master of Business Administration: Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (Moscow, Russia). Institute of Business Studies. Specialization: Strategic Management (2000)


Awards and Accomplishments

Alexander von Humboldt Fellow (Germany)

Award of the Moscow Government and ISSEP – “Grant of Moscow for Professors in the Field of Science and Technology in the Sphere of Education” (2002, 2005)

Award for Academics within the Programme “Mikhail Lomonosov” given by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation and German Service of Academic Exchanges (DAAD).

Award of the Russian Science Support Foundation in the fields of natural and humane sciences (nomination “Doctors of Science of the Russian Academy of Sciences”)

Award of the “Dynasty Foundation” in the nomination of “Doctors of Science”

Prize of the International Academic Publishing Company “Nauka/Interperiodica” for the best publication in the journals published by the Company

Yu. A. Gagarin Medal of the Federation of Cosmonautics of Russia

Award of the Theoretical Physics and Mathematics Advancement Foundation “BASIS” in the nomination "Leader"

Medal "75th Anniversary of Phystech". MIPT Order No. 2607-1 dated September 21, 2022

Commendation of the Dean of the Faculty of Physics, National Research University Higher School of Economics (January 9, 2023)

Courses (2023/2024)

Courses (2022/2023)

Courses (2021/2022)

Optics (Bachelor’s programme; Faculty of Physics; 2 year, 3, 4 module)Rus

Courses (2020/2021)

Courses (2019/2020)

Courses (2018/2019)

Thermodynamics and Molecular Physics (Bachelor’s programme; Faculty of Physics; 1 year, 3, 4 module)Rus

Courses (2017/2018)

Thermodynamics and Molecular Physics (Bachelor’s programme; Faculty of Physics; 1 year, 3, 4 module)Rus


Editorial board membership

  • 2022: Member of the Editorial Board, Известия высших учебных заведений. Радиофизика (Radiophysics and Quantum Electronics).

  • 2022: Member of the Editorial Board, Теплофизика высоких температур (High Temperature).

  • 2013: Member of the Editorial Council, Россия и Германия. Научный гумбольдтовский журнал.

Employment history


(main positions)


Post-graduate student of Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology


Teacher of Special School for Physics and Mathematics No. 57 (Moscow, Russia)


Junior Research Scientist, Research Scientist (from December 1992), Senior Research Scientist (from April 1996), Head of Sector of “Microstructural Objects in Geophysics” (from 2003), Head of Laboratory of “Microstructural Objects in Geophysics” (from 2009), Principal Research Scientist (2014). Institute for Dynamics of Geospheres of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow, Russia)


Assistant Professor, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (Dolgoprudny, Moscow Region, Russia), Chair of “Problems of Physics and Astrophysics” headed by Academician Prof. V.L. Ginzburg


(Full) Professor. Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (Dolgoprudny, Moscow Region, Russia), Chair of General Physics, Chair of Space Physics (from 2015)


Principal Expert, Head of Laboratory of “Dusty Plasma Processes in Space Objects” (from 2014). Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow, Russia)

Timetable for today

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HSE University Researchers Discover What Happens on the Bright Side of the Moon

Researchers from HSE University have developed a mathematical model that explains the levitation of charged dust particles over the sunlit lunar surface for almost any latitude. For the first time, the model takes into account the Earth’s magnetotail—a particular area around our planet. The research data is important for planning the Luna-25 and Luna-27 space missions. The study was published in Physics of Plasmas.

Researchers Begin to Understand Correlation of Schumann Resonances and Dust Storms on Mars

The interaction of dust particles in Martian dust storms may cause electric fields that are powerful enough to have charges that induce standing electromagnetic waves known as Sсhumann resonances. This is the conclusion drawn by physicists from HSE University, the Space Research Institute, and MIPT. The paper was published in Icarus journal.

Researchers Explain Potential Cause of Earth’s Green Airglow

A team of Russian researchers from HSE University, the Russian Space Research Institute, and the Pushkov Institute of Terrestrial Magnetism (Russian Academy of Sciences) has described the development of modulational instability of electromagnetic waves in dusty ionospheric plasma, which is caused by a high intensity of electromagnetic emissions. The researchers considered inelastic collisions of ionospheric plasma particles and formulated new tasks and applications to be addressed at a later stage. The results are published in the Physics of Plasmas journal.

Earthquakes Can Be Predicted Five Days Ahead

An international team of researchers, which includes physicists from HSE University and the RAS Space Research Institute (IKI), have discovered that, with an impending earthquake, the parameters of internal gravity waves (IGWs) can change five days before a seismic event. This data can help experts develop short-term earthquake forecast methods. The results of the study have been published in the journal Doklady Earth Sciences.

Russian Scientists Discover One of the Mechanisms of Water Formation on the Moon

Water on the Moon could enable the creation of a Russian Lunar Station

Scientists Explain Formation of Lunar Dust Clouds