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Professor Rashid Ashirovich Ganeev was born in Tashkent (Uzbekistan)

on 18 January 1955. Currently, he works at the University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia.


Education Background


1972 – 1977, Tashkent Polytechnic Institute, Department of Physical Engineering, Tashkent, USSR.

Undergraduate and graduate study. M.Sci. diploma of engineering physicist.


1984 – 1987, Institute of Electronics, Tashkent, USSR. Postgraduate and Ph.D. studies. Ph.D. diploma

in Physics and Mathematics.


Scientific employment and academic responsibilities


Institute of Electronics, Tashkent, USSR

Staff Engineer, Research Fellow   Oct. 1976 – Jan. 1993


Scientific Association Akadempribor, Tashkent, USSR, Uzbekistan

Research Fellow, Principal Scientist    Jan. 1993 – Mar. 2009


Standards and Industrial Research Institute of Malaysia, Shah Alam, Malaysia

Visiting Researcher    Mar. 1997– Feb. 1998


Centre for Advanced Technology, Indore, India

Visiting Fellow, Senior Visiting Researcher   Mar. 1999 – May 1999, Oct. 1999 – Dec. 1999, Jan. 2006 –

Mar. 2006, Feb. 2009 – Mar. 2009, Feb. 2010 – Mar. 2010


The University of Tokyo, Kashiwa, Japan

Foreign Research Fellow, Visiting Professor  Sep. 2000 – Sep. 2001, Nov. 2002 – May 2005, Feb. 2007 –

Dec. 2007, Nov. 2008 – Jan. 2009


International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy

Visitor, Senior Associate    Feb. 1994 – Mar. 1994, Sep. 2005 – Oct. 2005, Aug. 2009 – Sep. 2009,

May 2010 – June 2010


Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, Montreal, Canada

Visiting Researcher   Sep. 2006 – Dec. 2006, May 2008 – Nov. 2008


Imperial College, London, United Kingdom

Visiting Researcher   Nov. 2010 – Oct. 2012


Institute of Ion, Plasma, and Laser Technologies, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Principal Scientist    Nov. 2012 – Mar. 2013, Apr. 2014 – Sep. 2014


WestfalischeWilhelmsUniversitat, Muenster, Germany

Invited Researcher    Jun. 2010, Sep. 2011, Feb. 2012


Instituto de Química Física Rocasolano, Madrid, Spain

Invited Researcher    Feb. 2011, Oct. 2011


Saitama Medical University, Moroyama, Japan

Professor      Apr. 2013 - Mar. 2014, Oct. 2014 - Oct. 2015


Voronezh State University, Voronezh, Russia

Professor, Principal Scientist     Apr. 2012 - Aug. 2014, Apr. 2016 – Jul. 2017


Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics, Changchun, China

Professor      Aug. 2017 – Dec. 2018

American University of Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Visiting Professor     Apr. 2019 - Dec. 2020

The University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia

Senior Researcher   Jan. 2021 - present


Awards, grants, and distinctions


-1994, awarded by the International Science Foundation Grant;

-1997, awarded by The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) Associateship Scheme Grant;

-2000, awarded by the COE Grant of the Ministry of Sciences and Technology of Japan;

-2002, awarded the Galileo Galilei Award and Medal of the International Commission for Optics;

-2004, nominated a Visiting Professor at the University of Tokyo, Japan;

-2004, awarded by the International Center of Theoretical Physics Senior Associateship Grant;

-2006, awarded by Fond Quebecois sur la Recherche de la Nature et Technologies;

-2006, awarded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Grant;

-2007, nominated a Visiting Professor at the University of Tokyo, Japan;

-2008, elected a Fellow of TWAS;

-2009, awarded by the TWAS-UNESCO Associateship Grant;

-2010, awarded by TWAS Research Grant;

-2010, awarded by Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowships Grant;

-2011, awarded by Khwarizmi International Award;

-2011, awarded by Volkswagen Grant;

-2012, nominated a Professor at Voronezh State University, Russia;

-2013, nominated a Professor at Saitama Medical University, Japan;

-2013, awarded by TWAS Research Grant;

-2015, awarded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Grant;

-2016, awarded by the Russian Ministry of Science and Education grant;

-2017, nominated a Professor at Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics, China;

-2017, awarded by the Russian Fund of Basic Research grant;

-2018, awarded by the Chinese Academy of Sciences President's International Fellowship Initiative;

-2018, awarded by High-End Foreign Expert Program Grant, China;

-2019, awarded by FRG grant from the American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates;

-2020, awarded by ERDF grant, ERA Chair "Quantum Optics and Photonics", Latvia.


Main topics of scientific interests


-Nonlinear optics (high-order harmonic generation of laser radiation, investigation of the nonlinear

optical properties of various media);

-Investigation and construction of coherent extreme ultraviolet radiation sources;

-Laser – surface interactions;

-Nanostructuring, nanofabrication, and characterization of small-sized species.


A brief account of scientific activity


Prof. Ganeev has initiated systematic studies of the nonlinear optical properties of various media.

The nonlinear optical parameters (nonlinear refractive indices, nonlinear susceptibilities, multi-photon, and

saturated absorption coefficients, etc.) of colloidal metal solutions, metal-doped organic polymers,

low-excited plasmas, semiconductor chalcogenide films, and solutions, dye vapors and solutions,

metal-doped glasses and polymers, nonlinear crystals, liquids, fullerenes, fullerene-doped organic films,

etc. have been analyzed. The optical limiting in fullerene-doped solutions, colloidal metals, and

semiconductors was achieved. The studies of the low-order harmonic generation of picosecond laser

radiation in colloidal metals, metal-doped organics and glasses, fullerenes, dye vapors, and solutions

were carried out, and their nonlinear susceptibilities were analyzed in the frames of the influence of

self-action processes on the harmonic generation. The low-order harmonic generation in dye vapors

caused by the difference frequency generation was achieved. The nanorippling formation in different

materials was studied.  


Prof. Ganeev has established his methods to perform high-order harmonic generation in laser

ablation plumes from various solid targets through collaboration with several leading laboratories.

This has allowed him to study, in well-controlled samples, high-order harmonic generation of laser radiation

 from a variety of atoms and ions for instance a broad range of metals and organics. Through this he

has been able to demonstrate strong resonant enhancement at particular harmonic orders due to the

effects of resonance on phase matching. More recently he has shown that nanoparticles and

fullerenes can, under the correct illumination conditions, be lifted from surfaces without fragmentation

from a surface and form a gaseous plume of high density and purity. For instance, he has shown this

for 10-nm nanoparticles of Ag, Pt, and Au and found evidence of enhanced harmonic generation. He has

also performed the first-ever harmonic generation experiments using the carbon-contained clusters

(C60, carbon nanoparticles, graphene, carbon fibers, and carbon nanotubes), which allowed achieving

the efficient conversion efficiency of laser radiation in the extreme ultraviolet range. He has developed

new methods of quasi-phase-matching in multi-jet plasmas allowing the enhancement of the groups of

harmonics in the extreme ultraviolet range and the determination of the electron density in plasmas. Among

his other achievements are the development of various methods of harmonic stabilization using the 

rotating targets during laser ablation using high pulse repetition rate lasers, characterization of plasma 

parameters, laser ablation-induced high-order harmonic generation spectroscopy, analysis of DNA

components and various complex organic materials through the ablation and nonlinear optical study of 

plasma plumes, application of mid-infrared pulses for the amendment of plasma harmonics, application

of extended laser-produced plasmas for efficient harmonic generation, quasi-phase matching in plasma

plumes, application of two synchronized lasers for HHG, etc.


Prof. Ganeev has established a broad network of plasma harmonic studies with numerous scientists

in Japan, India, Canada, Russia, Germany, United Kingdom, Malaysia, Italy, China, Spain, United Arab

Emirates, etc. where he carried out his studies. Among the funds awarded to Prof. Ganeev are The World

Academy of Sciences Associateship Scheme grant, Ministry of Sciences and Technology of Japan

grant, Visiting Professorship grant of the Institute for Solid State Physics (Japan),

International Center of Theoretical Physics Senior Associateship grant, Fond Quebecois sur la Recherche

de la Nature et Technologies grant (Canada), a few Japan Society for the Promotion of Science grants,

the TWAS-UNESCO Associateship Grant, a few TWAS research grants, the Russian Fund of Basic Research

grant, Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowships grant, Chinese Academy of Sciences President’s

International Fellowship Initiative grant, Volkswagen grant (Germany), ERDF grant, etc.


Prof. Ganeev supervised five Ph.D. students. He also served as a senior adviser to formal supervisors

of Ph.D. students in Japan, Canada, India, Germany, China, Latvia, and the United Kingdom. He has supervised

a whole set of plasma harmonic studies, alongside the host researcher, in various laboratories worldwide.

He published ten monographs based on his studies of the low- and high-order nonlinear optical properties

of various materials. Prof. Ganeev is the first co-author of most of his 460+ publications in peer-reviewed

journals. His h-index is 51 (Web of Science, 2022). In 2002, the International Commission for Optics

awarded him the ICO Galileo Galilei Award and Medal for his contribution to nonlinear optics. In 2011,

he was awarded by Khwarizmi International Award. In 2008, The World Academy of Sciences elected

him a Fellow of TWAS.

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