Due to the high public interest to the recent news about discoveries in physics, made by an international group of scientists from the USA, Kazakhstan and Russia composed of Professor Zinetula Insepov (USA, and Head of the Anchor Project of the International Level at Nazarbayev University), Professor Kurbangali Tynyshtykbaev (Kazakhstan, staff member of the Anchor Project of the International Level at Nazarbayev University), Dr. Evgeniy Emelin, Dr. Oleg Kononenko and Professor Dmitry Roshchupkin (Russia, the Institute of Microelectronics Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences) and Dr. Kanat Baigarin (Kazakhstan, Advisor to the President of Nazarbayev University) the NU Press Office is pleased to provide additional information on this project.
The authors first reported about the discovery – Thresholdless amplification of a surface acoustic wave effect – in a research article in the Journal of Applied Physics in 2015. In 2017, the discovery was evaluated by two independent organizations of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS): the V.A. Kotelnikov Institute of Radio Engineering and Electronics, and the Physics and Technology Institute. This evaluation was done in conjunction with the Scientific Council of the RAS on the physico-chemical principles of semiconductor materials science, chaired by Yuri Gulayev, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Academician Yuri Gulyaev is a student of Nobel Prize winner Lev Landau, and the author of the scientific discovery “Acoustomagnetoelectric Effect” in 1964. At their meeting, both institutes and the Scientific Council concluded that this research is indeed a scientific discovery in the field of acoustoelectronics.
As Zinetula Insepov, the co-author of the discovery and the Head of the International Anchor Project of Nazarbayev University noted, the award from the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, namely the certificate of discovery and the Peter Kapitsa silver medal, is an unexpected and valuable award to all members of the scientific team. The award was given on the initiative of the Academy. Professor Insepov also commented that the next step is to obtain confirmation of the discovery in the United States and to search for investors to commercialize the project.
Dr. Zinetula Insepov has worked for many years and conducted research at the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg (Germany), Kyoto University (Japan) and the Argonne National Laboratory at the United States Department of Energy (USA). He also was a Professor at the Department of Condensed Matter Physics of the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute (MEPI). Several years ago, Professor Insepov came to Kazakhstan and since then has led a number of research projects at Nazarbayev University.