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Dr. Nikolai Tolstik

24/02/1982

Minsk, Belarus

Belarusian

NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Realfagbygget, Hogskoleringen 5
7034 Trondheim Norway

+ 47-73593426

nikolai.tolstik@ntnu.no

 

Education:

  • 1999 – 2004, Belarusian National Technical University, Engineering faculty, Laser Technics and Technology Department, BSc student.
  • 2004 – 2005, Belarusian National Technical University, Engineering faculty,
    MSc student.
  • 2005 – 2008, Belarusian National Technical University, Engineering faculty,
    PhD student.
  • PhD degree in Optics (June 2010), topic of research – Spectroscopic and laser properties of 1.5-1.6 mm active laser media based on erbium-doped crystals.

 

EXPERIENCE:

  • 13 years of scientific research;
  • 34 articles in international peer-reviewed journals (1 invited), 14 of these as a first author; >70 conference publications (3 invited), more than 600 citations and h-index of 14 (according to Web of Science); 1 Belarusian national patent;
  • Main scientific topics: Spectroscopy of rare-earth-doped and transition-metal-doped laser materials; development of CW, pulsed, and ultrafast solid-state and fiber lasers and amplifiers in the near- and mid-infrared spectral region; characterization and modelling of nonlinear processes in optical fibers; applications of lasers in range-finding, remote sensing, material processing;
  • Additional research experience: Guest researcher at the Institute for Laser Physics, University of Hamburg (Prof. Dr. Guenter Huber, years 2007-2008); University of St. Andrews (Prof. Wilson Sibbett, year 2010);
     
  • Teaching experience: Undergraduate Student Instructor, Topics “Physical Optics and Spectroscopy”, “Solid-state Laser Systems”; years 2008-2010, Master student supervisor, years 2011-2015;
     
  • Industrial experience: since January 2016 - part-time employee of spin-off company Atla Lasers (Trondheim, Norway). Main responsibility – commercialization of the mid-infrared femtosecond solid-state and fiber lasers.
     
  • Project leadership experience: work package leader for the EU-FET project “Graphenics” (2013-present).

 

EMPLOYMENT:

  • 2008–2011 – Laboratory of Laser Materials, center for Optical Materials and Technologies, Belarusian National Technical University, researcher.
  • 2011–2014 – Department of Physics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, postdoctor.
  • 2014–present – Department of Physics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, researcher.
  • 2014-2017 – Photonics Institute, Technical University of Vienna, freelance researcher (part-time).
  • 2016-present – spin-off company Atla Lasers AS, Trondheim, Norway, senior research engineer (part-time).

 

SPOKEN LANGUAGES:

Russian, Belarusian, English, Norwegian.

 

GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS:

  • 2007 – Belarusian Ministry of Education Grant (Project “Research and development of optical materials based on Er-Yb-codoped borate crystals for eye-safe lasers”)
  • 2007-2008 – INTAS Young Scientist Fellowship (Project “Er-doped crystalline laser materials for eye-safe 1.5-1.6 mcm solid-state and waveguide lasers”)
  • 2008 – Belarusian President Fellowship for outstanding performance in scientific research
  • 2009 – International Alferov Foundation fellowship (Report “Spectroscopic and waveguiding properties of epitaxial thin layers of Er,Yb:YAl3(BO3)4” at the conference “Engineering-2009” )
  • 2009-2010 - World Federation of Scientists National Scholarship (Project “High-repetition-rate eye-safe lasers based on Er,Yb:YAl3(BO3)4 crystal”)
  • 2010 – winner of the annual competition for best PhD thesis in natural sciences in Belarus

 

OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:

Reviewer for Applied physics B, Optics Letters, Optics Express, IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics

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