Michael Good

Physics, National Laboratory Astana, Energetic Cosmos Laboratory
Associate Professor of Physics
By request


PhD. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA.
M.Sc. UNC-Chapel Hill & Duke University, USA.
B.Sc. Georgia Institute of Technology, USA.


Prof. Good received the B.Sc. in Physics with Highest Honors from the Georgia Institute of Technology, USA, under the advisement of Prof. David R. Finkelstein, (PhD, MIT; whose coordinates removed the singularity in the Schwarzschild metric convincing the physics community of the physical existence of black holes).  Prof. Good then attended the University of Hawaii as a Manoa (ASH) Scholar in the Physics and Astronomy Department and the Institute of Astronomy.

Prof. Good obtained the M.Sc. and PhD. in Physics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (where Peter Higgs wrote his paper on the Higgs boson-2013 Nobel Prize).  He was advised by both Prof. Charles R. Evans (Caltech post-doc under Kip Thorne, 2017 Nobel Prize); and Prof. Paul R. Anderson (PhD, UCSB under James Hartle of the Hartle-Hawking wavefunction of the universe). As a MSc student, Prof. Good took General Relativity at Duke University from Prof. Ronen Plesser (PhD Harvard- known for the Calabi-Yau duality with Brian Greene).  As a PhD. student, Prof. Good was a visiting researcher at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at Cambridge University in 2009.

From 2011 to 2014 he was a Postdoctoral Scientist and Senior Research Fellow in Singapore at the Institute of Advanced Studies at the Nanyang Technological University in the quantum cosmology research group.  Here he helped discover black hole quantum vortices, and did pioneering work in relativistic superfluidity with MIT Prof. Kerson Huang (who authored the widely used graduate textbook, Statistical Mechanics).

In August 2014 he joined Nazarbayev University as Assistant Professor. He has authored papers in high impact, peer-reviewed, international journals such as the Journal of High Energy Physics, New Journal of Physics, Classical & Quantum Gravity, Journal of Cosmology & Astroparticle Physics, Physics Letters B, European Physics Journal C, Modern Physics Letters A, Universe, Symmetry, and Physical Review D. He has won awards from the American Association of Physics Teachers, the National Science Foundation, NASA, Raytheon Company, the American Physical Society, MIT, and the Julian Schwinger Foundation. He was awarded the Outstanding Teaching Award from the University of North Carolina, and the University-level Teaching Award from Nazarbayev University.  As an Associate Professor since August 2020, he has worked with Robert Mann (most known for his work on minimal length uncertainty) and Pisin Chen (most known for his work on violent accelerations of electrons in plasmas and black hole remnants). 

His recent work with MIT physicist Prof. Frank Wilczek (2004 Nobel Prize) and Eminent Scientist Eric Linder (UC-Berkeley and the Energetic Cosmos Laboratory) has solved the information loss problem in the moving mirror models for black hole radiation; a nearly 50 year old puzzle on black holes put forth by Stephen Hawking.

Full list of publications: Google Scholar, Inspire



President, Senate, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan, 2019-2020.

Associate Professor, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan, 2020-present.

Senior Collaborator, Energetic Cosmos Lab, Kazakhstan, 2017-present.

Assistant Professor, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan, 2014-2020.

Senior Research Fellow, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 2013-2014.

Junior Research Fellow, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 2011-2013.

DAMTP Scholar, University of Cambridge, UK, 2009-2010.

Interinstitutional Scholar, Duke University, USA, 2008-2009.

Research Associate, University of North Carolina, USA, 2004-2011.

ASH Scholar, University of Hawaii, USA, 2003-2004.

REU Scholar, University of Alabama, USA, 2002-2003.

Research Assistant, Georgia Tech, USA, 2001-2003.



A sportsman, Good likes weightlifting and calisthenics.  He is grateful for his world-wide travel to beautiful places and peoples. He enjoys learning about investing, the history of money and financial technology. 



Quantum Mechanics
Statistical Mechanics
Classical Mechanics
Classical Electrodynamics
Quantum Field Theory
Solid State Physics
Advanced Mathematical Methods
Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics
General Relativity




Recent BSc Students

   Khalykbek Yelshibekov, BSc Physics, NU, PhD student at UCSD, USA
   Gaukhar Akhmetzhanova, BSc Physics, NU, PhD student at GIST, South Korea

Recent MSc Students

   Abay Zhakenuly, MSc Physics, NU, Research Assistant at NU (collaborator)
   Maksat Temirkhan, MSc Physics, NU, Research Assistant at NU (collaborator)
   Aydar Bulatov, MSc Physics, NU, Vice-Principal at the National School of Physics & Math                            

Current PhD Student

   Aizhan Myrzakul, MSc Physics, Imperial College London

Current Post-doc

   Nosratollah Jafari, PhD, Institute for Advanced Studies in Basic Sciences, Iran




Prof. Good recently serves as the President of the Faculty Senate, 2019-2020.



Recent Collaborators

Xiong Chi, Nanyang Tech, Singapore
Yen Chin Ong, Yangzhou U., China
Xiapei Liu, Shanghai Tech, China
Alvin Chua, Cambridge U. & NASA, USA
Eric Linder, UC-Berkeley, USA
Frank Wilczek, Nobel Prize 2004, MIT, USA
Alessandro Fabbri, U. Valencia, Spain
Benito Juarez-Aubry, UNAM, Mexico
Dimitris Moustos, U. Patras, Greece
Mohammad D. Niry, IASBS, Iran
Joshua Foo, U. of Queensland, Australia
Wan Cong, U. of Waterloo, Canada
Chen Qian, U. of Science and Technology of China
Robert Mann, U. of Waterloo, Canada
Pisin Chen, National Taiwan University, Taiwan 






Relativistic Quantum Vortex Rings, PhysRevD.90.125019


Quantum Vortex Lattice with Frame-Dragging, NJP.10.1088



Moving Mirror vs. Black Hole,  Universe.22184.11.122


Radiation Power Distribution with Hypertorsion,  IJTP.10773.27


Relativistic Quantum Vortex Reconnection, PhysRevD.90.125019


The mirror of de Sitter cosmology,  PRD2005.03850

Extreme Hawking Radiation,  PRD.2003.07016


Radiation from an Inertial Horizon,  Universe 20206(9), 131


Penrose diagram of Kerr’s mirror,  J. of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics 2021 (01), 019