Ms Kalashnikova was awarded the prize for her contribution to developing superfast magnetic phenomena and methods for superfast control of the magnetic state of a material.
Alexandra Kalashnikova was born on May 12, 1980, in Leningrad (St Petersburg) and is senior researcher at the Ioffe Physical-Technical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Ms Kalashnikova is a recognised specialist in the field of superfast magnetic dynamics. Her work submitted for the prize is a series of studies on comprehensive examination of the physical phenomena that take place during interaction of femtosecond pulses with magnetically ordered media.
Her research is important in particular in that it uses materials widely used in modern magnetic recording devices as the basis of the studies.
The relevant and innovative nature of Ms Kalashnikova’s work is confirmed by her publications in leading scientific journals (Nature Communications, Physical Review Letters, Physical Review D, JETP Letters and others). According to the Scopus scientific publications database, she is the author of 27 works (439 total citations and 11 on the Hirsch index).
Ms Kalashnikova has succeeded in obtaining many new, interesting and sometimes even unexpected results. Her results could help to lay the base for developing new areas in interdisciplinary research connected to development of new methods for processing and storing information based on opto-magnetic recording using magnetic materials.