Faculty Profile

Svetlana Malinovskaya

Building: Burchard
Room: 509
Phone: 201.216.8094
Fax: 201.216.5638
Email: smalinov@stevens.edu
School:  Schaefer School of Engineering & Science
Department:  Physics and Engineering Physics
Program:  Physics / Nanotechnology
Laboratory:  Ultrafast Dynamics and Control Theory Group

Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics, Novosibirsk State University and Institute of Chemical Kinetics and Combustion of Russian Academy of Science, Russia

1996-2000 Alexander von Humboldt Fellow and Research Scientist, University of Heidelberg, Germany

2000-2001 Postdoctoral Fellow at the Quantum Theory Project, University of Florida

2001-2006 Postdoctoral Fellow in Ultrafast Optical Science at FOCUS Center and Lecturer in Physics, University of Michigan

  • AMO theory, stimulated Raman spectroscopy, CARS, x-ray and Auger electron emission spectroscopy
  • Frequency Comb spectroscopy
  • Molecular cooling
  • Decoherence
  • Quantum control of molecular dynamics using shaped laser pulses
  • Dynamical symmetry breaking, core-hole localization in molecules; non-adiabatic effects
  • Dynamics of atomic and molecular collisions
Institutional Service


Stevens Faculty Committee on Committees  (2008-2010; 2010-2012; 2012-2014 Chair)

Professional Service

Committee on Career and Professional Development of the American Physical Society (2011-2014).


Honors & Awards
Teaching Faculty Award presented by Student Government Association at Stevens Institute of Technology, May 2011.
Honor Award from Society of Graduate Physics Students of Stevens Institute of Technology, May 2011.

Professional Societies
Member of the American Physical Society (2000 – present)
Member of the Optical Society of America (2002 – present)
Member of the American Chemical Society (2001 – 2007)
Member of the Association for Women in Science (2005 – present)
Associate member of Michigan Center for Theoretical Physics (2002-2006)
Grants, Contracts & Funds

2009-2010 DARPA Award, Co-PI, Ting Yu, Norman Horing, Joe Eberly (University of Rochester), Bela Hu (University of Maryland);  ‘Entanglement dynamics of qubit systems.'

2009-2012 NSF Award, PI, 'Ultrafast control of Raman transitions using frequency combs: Prevention of decoherence.'

2012-2015 NSF Award, PI, 'Control of Ultracold Dynamics and Decoherence Using Optical Frequency Combs.'


Patents & Inventions

S.A. Malinovskaya, V.S. Malinovsky, ``CARS microscopy and spectroscopy using ultrafast chirped pulses'', USP 7847933 (2010)

Description: The invention is a method that uses ultrafast pulse shaping techniques that allow for selective excitation of molecules in a sample in order to generate a signal that can be processed to perform CARS microscopy or CARS spectroscopy of the sample.  Two linearly chirped pulses in a Raman scheme provide selective excitation of only one target transition without disturbing any other transitions or molecules. Selectivity is guaranteed by the adiabaticity of the pulse excitation. The large bandwidth of the intense femtosecond pulse provides the flexibility necessary to manipulate by frequency components and to apply a time-dependent phase on the pulse. The importance of the method is in its unique ability to distinguish between molecules or molecular groups having very similar structural properties reflected in close vibrational frequencies, whose difference may be less than 3 cm-1. Our method uniquely allows for discrimination between such species since it imposes no limitation on a possible vibrational frequency difference. It is a label-free technique that provides with a single molecule sensitivity, unique molecular selectivity and low background signal.  The novelty of the method is in implementation of two linearly chirped femtosecond pulses, with one of them having the temporal profile of the instantaneous frequency resembling the roof shape. It is in the controlled manner of the implementation of these two pulses that enhances the molecular specific signal and increases the resolution of the imaging in 103 – 105 times in comparison to current state of art techniques.  It is developed for noninvasive imaging of bio-molecules, sensing of trace amounts of molecules, molecular identification, and remote detection of chemicals. The developed method has an extremely large range of applications including, but not limited to, in biomedicine for in vivo imaging, diagnostics of cancerous cells, and blood analysis; in homeland security to remotely identify trace amounts of hazardous chemicals and explosives detection; and in environmental science and technology for environmental monitoring and nondestructive analysis. 
Selected Publications
  1. Kumar P., Malinovskaya S.A., Sola I.R., Malinovsky V.S.. (Feb 2014). "Selective creation of maximum coherence in multi-level system", Molecular Physics, Taylor & Francis. 112 236-331.  Download  .
  2. S.A. Malinovskaya, S.L. Horton. (2013). "Impact of decoherence on internal state cooling using optical frequency combs", J. Opt. Soc. Am. B, 30 482.  Download  .
  3. M. Sukharev, S.A. Malinovskaya. (2012). "Stimulated Raman adiabatic passage as a route to achieving optical control in plasmonics", Phys. Rev. A, 86 043406.  Download  .
  4. T.A. Collins, S.A. Malinovskaya. (2013). "Robust Control in Ultracold Alkali Metals using a Single Linearly Chirped Pulse", J. Mod. Optics, 60 28.  Download  .
  5. V. Patel, S.A. Malinovskaya. (2012). "Realization of population inverstion under the nonadiabatic conditions induced by the coupling between vibrational modes", Int. J. Quant. Chem., 112 3739.  Download  .
  6. T. A. Collins, S. A. Malinovskaya. (2012). "Manipulation of ultracold rubidium atoms using a single linearly chirped laser pulse", Optics Lett., 37 2298.
  7. V. Patel, S.A. Malinovskaya. (2012). "Realization of population inversion under the nonadiabatic conditions induced by the coupling between vibrational modes", Int. J. Quant. Chem.
  8. Svetlana A. Malinovskaya, Tom Collins, Vishesha Patel. (2012). "Ultrafast manipulation of Raman transitions and prevention of decoherence using chirped pulses and optical frequency combs", Advanc. Quant. Chem., 64.
  9. P. Kumar, S.A. Malinovskaya, V.S. Malinovsky. (2011). "Optimal control of population and coherence in three-level λ-systems", J. Phys. B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys., 44 154010 .
  10. P.E. Hawkins, S.A. Malinovskaya, V.S. Malinovsky. (2012). "Ultrafast geometric control of a single qubit using chirped pulses", Phys. Scr., 147 014013.
  11. Vishesha Patel and Svetlana Malinovskaya. (2011). "Nonadiabatic effects induced by the coupling between vibrational modes via Raman fields", Phys. Rev. A, 83 013413.
  12. S. Malinovskaya, W. Shi. (2010). "Feshbach-to-ultracold molecular state Raman transitions via a femtosecond optical frequency comb", J. Mod. Opt. , 57 1871.
  13. S. Malinovskaya, V. Patel, T. Collins. (2010). "Internal state cooling with a femtosecond optical frequency comb", Int. J. Quant. Chem. , 110 3080 .
  14. W. Shi, S. Malinovskaya. (2010). "Implementation of a single femtosecond optical frequency comb for molecular cooling", Phys. Rev. A , 82 013407.
  15. Praveen Kumar, Svetlana A. Malinovskaya. (2010). "Quantum dynamics manipulation using optimal control theory in the presence of laser field noise", J. Mod. Opt. , 57 1243.
  16. Vishesha Patel, Vladimir Malinovsky, Svetlana Malinovskaya. (2010). "Effects of phase and coupling between the vibrational modes on selective excitation in CARS microscopy", Phys. Rev. A, 81 063404.
  17. S.A. Malinovskaya. (2009). "Optimal Coherence via Adiabatic Following", Optics Comm., 282 3527.
  18. B. Corn, S.A. Malinovskaya. (2009). "An ab initio analysis of charge redistribution upon isomerization of retinal in rhodopsin and bacteriorhodopsin", Int. J. Quant. Chem., 109 3131.
  19. S.A. Malinovskaya. (2009). "Robust control by two chirped pulse trains in the presence of decoherence", J. Mod. Opt., 56 784.
  20. Svetlana A. Malinovskaya. (2008). "Prevention of decoherence by two femtosecond chirped pulse trains", Optics Lett., 33 2245.
  21. S.A. Malinovskaya, V.S. Malinovsky. (2007). "Chirped Pulse Adiabatic Control in CARS for Imaging Biological Structure and Dynamics", Optics Lett. , 32 707.
  22. S.A. Malinovskaya. (2006). "Mode selective excitation using ultrafast chirped laser pulses", Phys. Rev. A. , 73 033416.
  23. S. Malinovskaya, P. Bucksbaum, P. Berman. (2004). "Theory of selective excitation in Stimulated Raman Scattering", Phys. Rev. A , 69 013801.
  24. S. Malinovskaya, P. Bucksbaum, P. Berman. (2004). "On the role of coupling in mode selective excitation using ultrafast pulse shaping in stimulated Raman spectroscopy", J. Chem. Phys. , 121 3434.
  25. S. Malinovskaya, R. Cabrera-Trujillo, J.R. Sabin, E. Deumens and Y. Ohrn. (2002). "Dynamics of proton-acetylene collisions at 30 eV", J. Chem. Phys. , 117 1103.
  26. Malinovskaya S.A., and Cederbaum L.S.. (2000). "Violation of electronic optical selection rules in X-ray emission by nuclear dynamics: time-dependent formulation", Phys. Rev. A , 61 42706.
Book Chapters
  1. Svetlana A. Malinovskaya, Tom Collins, Vishesha Patel. (2012). "Ultrafast manipulation of Raman transitions and prevention of decoherence using chirped pulses and optical frequency combs", Advances in Quantum Chemistry, Elsevier. 64 211.  Download  .
  1. S.A. Malinovskaya. (2005). "Observation and control of molecular motion using ultrafast laser pulses", Trends in Chemical Physics Research, Linke, A.N., Nova Science Publishers, Inc., New York. 257-280.
  • PEP 111 Mechanics
  • PEP 112 Electricity and Magnetism
  • PEP 509 Intermediate Waves and Optics
  • PEP 538 Introduction to Mechanics
  • PEP 642 Mechanics
  • PEP 800 Special Topics in Physics (MS)
  • PEP 801 Special Topics in Physics (PhD)
  • PEP 777 Methods of Quantum Control