Director of the Frank Laboratory of Neutron Physics, JINR

Valery Nickolaevich Shvetsov, Candidate of Sciences (Physics and Mathematics)

Institution, address: Frank Laboratory of Neutron Physics Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, 141980 Dubna, Russia



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Born: February 4 1963, Inosemtsevo, Stavropol region, USSR.


Education: (years, institutions, degrees, title of thesis)

  • 1980 - 1986 Physics Department of the Moscow State University. Graduated with honors.
  • 1996 Candidate of Sciences (Physics and Mathematics). PhD thesis: “Development of the Pulsed Ultracold Neutrons (UCN) Source and Perspectives of its Application”.


Professional career:

  • 1984 – 1986 DLNP, JINR: design and creation of the large position-sensitive MWPC for double beta-decay studies
  • 1988 – 1991 FLNP, JINR: experimental study of the polarized/unpolarized neutrons interaction with nuclear targets, development and creation of the gaseous neutron detector of high efficiency
  • 1986 – 1993 FLNP, JINR: in cooperation with PNPI (Gatchina); experiments on measuring free neutron lifetime with use of cryogenic UCN trap. One of three worlds most precise results for neutron lifetime
  • 1993 – 1995 FLNP, JINR: in cooperation with DLNP; development and creation of the low background neutron sensitive installations for fast neutrons, experimental work on searching neutrons in “cold fusion”
  • 1992 – FLNP, JINR: in cooperation with VNIIEF (Sarov) development and creation of the pulsed high density UCN source
  • 1993 – FLNP, JINR: in cooperation with PNPI (Gatchina) and ILL (Grenoble); experimental studies of UCN anomalous losses in material traps
  • 1997 – FLNP, JINR: in cooperation with Department Of Radiation And Radiobiological Research (DRRR), JINR on contract with Space Research Institute (Moscow); experimental work on development, creation and physical calibration of the high energy neutrons detector (HEND) installed onboard of the Mars 2001 “Odyssey” spacecraft
  • 2000 – FLNP, JINR: experimental studies of the radiation fields around heavy metal targets irradiated with high energy protons, nuclear waste transmutation
  • 2003 – FLNP, JINR: ISTC project #2267 manager (project is targeted on creation of the prototype Accelerator Driven System for nuclear waste transmutation)
  • 2011 – Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH): Word Class University (WCU) Visiting Professor, Division of Advanced Nuclear Engineering (URL:


Teaching activity, memberships:

  • 1992 – 2002 scientific secretary of the annual International Seminar on Interaction of Neutrons with Nuclei
  • 1994 – supervisor of the Dept. scientific seminar
  • 1997 – supervisor of the FLNP collaboration with Republic of Korea scientific centers in the field of neutron nuclear physics
  • 2002 - cochairman of the annual International Seminar on Interaction of Neutrons with Nuclei


Publications: Author and coauthor of 86 scientific publications