Letter of Recommendation for  MIPT Alumnus (01/2000)
The Physics Student admitted to Berkeley, MIT

Recommendation letter
for Ivan Ivanov 

I work in Molecular Luminescence group of P.N.Lebedev Physical Institute since 1994. Ivan Ivanov works in our group since May 1997, so I know him for 3.5 years. He works under my guidance under experimental investigation of J-aggregates luminescent properties and this is about a half of his work in the laboratory. We talk often not only about the research and I know him well.

Ivan is an assiduous, hard-working student. His background in optics, general physics and mathematics is very high. He easily learns new material and can answer a posed question very quickly. He is responsible and can work independently.

His work in the laboratory was very fruitful. He became familiar with various experimental techniques. Particularly he has a lot of experience in steady-state absorption and luminescence spectroscopy, sub-nanosecond time-resolved luminescence measurements, deposition of LB and spin-coating films of organic materials. This year Ivan gains an experience in Near Field Microscopy and in operating with helium cryostat. As a result he became a co-author of two published articles and one article in progress.

To his shortcomings I can ascribe some haste in the work resulting sometimes in inaccuracy. I think his forthcoming work under Ph.D. thesis will help him to improve this. It is maybe concerned with his aspiration to do too much work per day.

About his English I can mention that it is rather well. Ivan express thought in English easily both in written and oral form. He worked for a month in a research lab of the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium speaking only in English and had no difficulties in communication.

As a whole I rank Ivan very high. I cannot compare him with the students of his group but I can approximately compare him with the students of his department of MIPT, which I also finished. I think he is comparable to the best students of the department.

I recommend him for admission and think he will be successful in the Ph.D. program of your university.

Dr. Petr P. Petrov,
Senior Researcher

Luminescence Division, Lebedev Physical Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences
Leninsky pr. 53, Moscow, 117924, Russia
E-mail: xx@xx.xx

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