The Samara branch was established in 1980 on a joint initiative of the regional administration and the Nobel Prize winner academician N. G. Basov to solve fundamental and applied problems concerning creation of new laser systems and technologies.
Since the establishment and until 1998, the Branch was headed by its Director, Professor Viktor Anatolyevich Katulin, a Deputy Director of the Lebedev Physical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, member of the Presidium of the Samara Scientific Center and the Volga Branch of the Engineering Academy of Sciences, academician of the Russian Engineering Academy, twice winner of the State Prize, Doctor of Physical and Mathematical Sciences.
Currently, the Samara branch of the Lebedev Physical Institute has more than 90 employees, including about 50 researchers, including 10 doctors of sciences (DSci), 20 candidates of sciences (Ph.D.). Over the past years, more than 1,000 articles have been published, more than 500 reports have been delivered at international and Russian conferences, more than 100 author's inventions and patents certificates have been obtained, two volumes of Lebedev Physical Institute's Works, 12 monographs and 10 selected chapters have been published in collaborative publications both in Russia and abroad. 35 candidate's and 11 doctoral dissertations were prepared and defended.
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