Sergey Vitkalov


Main Affiliation



Center for Discovery and Innovation






Sergey Vitkalov

Sergey Vitkalov


2012-present Professor, Physics Department CCNY
2006-2012 Associate Professor, Physics Department, CCNY
2002-2006 Assistant Professor, Physics Department, CCNY
1998-2002 Research Professor, Research Foundation, CUNY
1997-1998 Research Associate, Chemistry Department, University of Florida  
1989-1999 Senior Research Associate, P.N.Lebedev Physical Institute of Russian  Academy of Sciences, Russia 
1986-1989 Research Associate, P.N.Lebedev Physical Institute of Russian  Academy of Sciences, Russia


1986 - Ph.D. at Institute of Solid State Physics of Russian Academy of Science.

Thesis: "Nonlinear microwave effects  in Bismuth at high magnetic field"

Thesis advisers: V. F. Gantmakher  and  G. I. Leviev    

1981 -  Master Degree at Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology

Courses Taught

Fall 2019

Physics 207, Introductory Physics

Phys554, Solid State Physics

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Research Interests

Research interests are focused on electron transport in  low dimensional  systems at low temperatures. The studied systems include high quality 2D electron systems, atomically thin superconducting films and 3D topological insulators.   His research team investigates effects of quantum mechanics on the electron transport, in particular, how quantum mechanical properties  of matter affect dissipation of the electric energy. 


One of the main developments of Sergey Vitkalov and his collaborators is the concept of quantal heating of the electrons in  two-dimensional electron systems with a quantized energy spectrum. This effect stands distinctly apart from usual Joule heating. Quantal heating is absent in classical systems. The heating produces a peculiar spectral distribution of electrons, which cannot be described by a temperature. It results in significant reduction of the electric energy dissipation in conductors with quantized energy spectrum.  The research is supported by National Science Foundation.


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Microwave-Induced Magneto-Intersubband Scattering in a Square Lattice of Antidots
A. A. Bykov, I. S. Strygin, A. V. Goran, E. E. Rodyakina, D. V. Nomokonov, I. V. Marchishin, S. Abedi, and S. A. Vitkalov
JETP Letters, Vol.110, No.10, pp.672-676 (2019)


Beats of Quantum Oscillations of the Resistance in Two-Subband Electron Systems in Tilted Magnetic Fields
A.A. Bykov, I.S. Strygin, A.V. Goran, I.V. Marchisin, D.V. Nomokonov, A.K. Bakarov, S. Abedi, S.A. Vitkalov
JETP Letters, Vol.109, No.6, pp.398-403 (2019)

The Beauty and Mystery of the Micro World
Gennady Strukov, Galina Strukova, Sergey Vitkalov
Adv. Nanoscie Nanotec, Vol.3, Issue 1 (2019)



Anomalous negative magnetoresistance of two-dimensional electrons
Jesse Kanter, Sergey Vitkalov, and A. A. Bykov
PHYSICAL REVIEW B 97, 205440 (2018)


Zener Tunneling between the Landau Levels in a Two-Dimensional Electron System with One-Dimensional Periodic Modulation
A.A. Bykov, I.S. Strygin, E.E. Rodyakina, S.A. Vitkalov
JETP Letters, Vol.108, No.2, pp.121-126 (2018)



Quantum electron transport in magnetically entangled subbands
William Mayer, Sergey Vitkalov, and A. A. Bykov
Phys. Rev. B 96, 045436 (2017)


Interaction of 3D mesostructures composed of Pd-Ni alloy nanowires with low-temperature oxygen plasma
G.K. Strukova, G.V. Strukov, S.V. Egorov, A.A. Rossolenko, D.V. Matveyev, V.S. Stolyarov, S.A. Vitkalov
Materials Letters 203  68–72 (2017)



Positive quantum magnetoresistance in tilted magnetic field 
William Mayer, Areg Ghazaryan, Pouyan Ghaemi, Sergey Vitkalov  and A. A. Bykov
PHYSICAL REVIEW B 94, 195312 (2016)


Zero differential resistance state of two dimensional electron gas in one dimensional periodic potential at high filling factors
A. A. Bykov, I. S. Strygin, A. V. Goran, E. E. Rodyakina,  W. Mayer and S. A. Vitkalov 
JETP Letters vol.104, 257 (2016)


Resistance oscillations of two-dimensional electrons in crossed electric and tilted magnetic fields
W. Mayer, S. Vitkalov and A. A. Bykov
PHYSICAL REVIEW B 93, 245436 (2016)


Magnetointersubband resistance oscillations in GaAs quantum wells placed in a tilted magnetic field
W. Mayer, J. Kanter, J. Shabani, S. Vitkalov, A. K. Bakarov and A. A. Bykov
PHYSICAL REVIEW B 93, 115309 (2016)




Quantum electron lifetime in GaAs quantum wells with three populated subbands 
S. Dietrich, J. Kanter, W. Mayer, S. Vitkalov, D. V. Dmitriev, A. A. Bykov
PHYSICAL REVIEW B 92, 155411 (2015) 


Interference of commensurate and microwave-induced oscillations of the magnetoresistance of a two-dimensional electron gas 
in a one-dimensional lateral superlattice 
A. A. Bykov, A. V. Goran, W. Mayer, and S. A. Vitkalov
JETP Letters, vol.101, 703 (2015)   

Dynamics of quantal heating in electron systems with discrete spectra
Scott Dietrich, William Mayer, Sergey Vitkalov, and A. A. Bykov
PHYSICAL REVIEW B 91, 205439 (2015)


Frequency dispersion of nonlinear response of thin superconducting films in the Berezinskii-Kosterlitz-Thouless state
S. Dietrich, W. Mayer, S. Byrnes, S. Vitkalov, A. Sergeev, A. T. Bollinger, and I. Božovic
PHYSICAL REVIEW B 91, 060506(R) (2015)