Prof. Dr. Valerii Vinokur

Valerii Vinokur is one of the most highly decorated quantum scientists in the world, and Terra Quantum’s Chief Technology Officer for the United States. Based in Chicago, he will oversee the project portfolio with a particular focus on hardware components, while applying his deep and long-term world-class experience to expanding the intellectual property and patent portfolio.

Vinokur is a world-leading authority in quantum science. He graduated from the Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys in 1972 with a BSc in Physics of Metals, and moved to the Institute of Solid State Physics, Chernogolovka, Russia, where he received a Ph.D. in Physics in 1979. Before joining Terra Quantum he spent more than three decades as a senior scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, where his research especially focused on understanding topological quantum matter and superconductivity.

Vinokur has made foundational contributions to our understanding of physics of superconductors, especially of physics of vortex matter. In 2008 together with experimentalists Tatyana Baturina, Alexey Mironov and Christoph Strunk he discovered and explained the new state of matter, superinsulator, predicted earlier by Cristina Diamantini, Carlo Trugenberger, and Pascuale Sodano. In 2018 Vinokur with Christina Diamantini and Carlo Trugenberger constructed the topological theory of the superconductor-insulator transition and discovered that the mechanism of superinsulation is binding charges immobile in the same way as quarks are bound within elementary particles. Most recently, in their work featured by New York Times, Vinokur together with Gordey Lesovik reversed time to undo the aging of a quantum qubit and return for a split second into its younger state.

His remarkable scientific achievements have been acknowledged numerous times by the international science and research community, most recently with the 2020 Fritz London Memorial Prize in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of condensed matter and theoretical physics.

With his strong international footprint in academia and the global scientific community, Vinokur’s appointment as CTO underpins Terra Quantum’s ambitions to accelerate commercial opportunities and large-scale adoption of quantum technologies worldwide, and will strengthen Terra Quantum’s global positioning by further developing its operations in the US.


Papers in refereed journals: 388; – Number of citations: over 22,040 – Books/book chapters: 8; – h-index: 65

Selected recent publications

  1. M. C. Diamantini, A. Yu. Mironov, S. V. Postolova, X. Liu, Z. Hao, D. M. Silevitch, Ya. Kopelevich, P. Kim, C. A. Trugenberger, and V. M. Vinokur, Bosonic topological insulator intermediate state in the superconductor-insulator transition. Physics Letters A 384, 126570 (2020).
  2. A. V. Lebedev and V. M. Vinokur, Time-reversal of an unknown quantum state. Nature: Comms. Phys. 3, 129 (2020).
  3. I. Lukyanchuk, Y. Tikhonov, A. Razumnaya, and V. M. Vinokur, Hopfions emerge in ferroelectrics. Nature Communications 11, 2433 (2020).
  4. V. Tripathi and V. M. Vinokur, PT-symmetric Effective Model for Nonequilibrium Phase transitions in a Dissipative Fermionic Mott Insulator. Nature: Scientific Reports 10, 7304 (2020).
  5. O. Bak … V.M. Vinokur, … A. Gruverman, Observation of Unconventional Dynamics of Domain Walls in Uniaxial Ferroelectric Lead Germanate. Advanced Functional Materials 30, 20000284 (2020).
  6. F. S. Y. Zhao, N. Poccia, M. Panetta, C. Yu, J. W. Johnson, H. Yoo, R. Zhong, G. D. Gu, K. Watanabe, T. Taniguchi, S. V. Postolova, V. M. Vinokur, Sign-Reversing Hall Effect in Atomically Thin High-Temperature Bi2.1Sr1.9CaCu2.0O8+d Superconductors. Phys. Rev. Lett. 122, 247001 (2019).
  7. M. V. Burdastyh, S. V. Postolova, I. A. Derbezov, A. V. Gaisler, M. C. Diamantini, C. A. Trugenberger, V. M. Vinokur, A. Yu. Mironov, Dimension Effects in Insulating NbTiN Disordered Films and the Asymptotic Freedom of Cooper Pairs. JETP Letters, 109, 795 – 798 (2019).
  8. I. Lukyanchuk, Y. Tikhonov, Sene, A. Razumnaya & V. M. Vinokur, Harnessing ferroelectric domains for negative capacitance. Communications Physics, 2, 22 (2019).
  9. G. B. Lesovik, I. A. Sadovskyy, M. V. Suslov, A. V. Lebedev, V. M. Vinokur, Arrow of time and its reversal on the IBM quantum computer. Scientific Reports, 9, 4396 (2019).
  10. M. C. Diamantini, L. Gammaitoni, C. A. Trugenberger, V. M. Vinokur, The Superconductor-Superinsulator Transition: S-duality and the QCD on the Desktop. J. of Superconductivity and Novel Magnetism, 32, 47–51 (2019).
  11. A. V. Lebedev, G. B. Lesovik, V. M. Vinokur, G. Blatter, Extended quantum Maxwell demon acting over macroscopic distances. Phys. Rev. B 98, 214502 (2018).
  12. M. C. Diamantini, L. Gammaitoni, C. A. Trugenberger, V. M. Vinokur, Vogel-Fulcher-Tamman criticality of 3D superinsulators. Scientific Reports, 8, 15718 (2018).
  13. I. Lukyanchuk, A. Sene, V. M. Vinokur, Electrodynamics of ferroelectric with negative capacitance. Phys. Rev. B 98, 024107 (2018).
  14. M. C. Diamantini, C. A. †rugenberger, & V. M. Vinokur, Confinement and asymptotic freedom with Cooper pairs. Communications Physics, 1, 77 (2018).
  15. A. Galda and V. Vinokur, Parity-time symmetry breaking in magnetic systems, PRB 94, 020408(R) (2016).
  16. V. Tripathi, A. Galda, H. Barman, and V. Vinokur, Parity-time symmetry-breaking mechanism of dynamic Mott transitions in dissipative systems, PRB 94, 041104(R) (2016).
  17. N. Poccia, T. I. Baturina, F. Coneri, C. G. Molenaar, X. R. Wang, G. Bianconi, A. Brinkman, H. Hilgenkamp, A. A. Golubov, V. M. Vinokur, Critical behavior at a dynamic vortex insulator-to-metal transition, Science, 349, 1202 (2015).
  18. I. L. Aleiner, A. V. Andreev, V. M. Vinokur, Aharonov-Bohm Oscillations in Singly Connected Disordered Conductors, Phys. Rev. Lett. 114,076802 (2015).
  19. I. Lukyanchuk, V. M. Vinokur, V. M.; Rydh, A.; et al. Rayleigh instability of confined vortex droplets in critical superconductors, Nature Physics 11, 21-25 (2015).
  20. O. Iaroshenko, V. Rybalko, V. M. Vinokur & L. Berlyand, Vortex phase separation in mesoscopic superconductors, Nature: Scientific Reports 3, doi:10.1038/srep01758
  21. R. Córdoba, T.I. Baturina, J. Sesé, A. Yu Mironov, J.M. De Teresa, M.R. Ibarra, D.A. Nasimov, A.K. Gutakovskii, A.V. Latyshev, I. Guillamón, H. Suderow, S. Vieira, M.R. Baklanov, J.J. Palacios, and V.M. Vinokur, Magnetic field-induced dissipation-free state in superconducting nanostructures, Nature Comm. 4, 1437 (2013).
  22. N. M. Chtchelkatchev, A. A. Golubov, T. I. Baturina, and V. M. Vinokur, Stimulation of Fluctuation Superconductivity by PT Symmetry, Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 150405 (2012).
  23. T. I. Baturina, S. V. Postolova, A. Yu. Mironov, A. Glatz, M.R. Baklanov, and V.M. Vinokur, Superconducting phase transitions in ultrathin TiN films, EPL 97, 17012 (2012).
  24. A. Glatz, A. A. Varlamov, and V. M. Vinokur, Fluctuation spectroscopy of disordered two-dimensional superconductors, Phys. Rev. B, 84, 104510 (2011).
  25. A. Glatz, Igor Aranson, Tatyana I. Baturina, Nikolay M. Chtchelkatchev, and Valerii M. Vinokur, Self-organized superconducting textures in thin films, Phys. Rev. B 84, 024508 (2011).
  26. T. I. Baturina, V. M. Vinokur, A. Yu. Mironov, N. M. Chtchelkatchev, D. A. Nasimov, and A. V. Latyshev, Nanopattern-stimulated superconductor-insulator transition in thin TiN films, EPL 93, 47002 (2011).
  27. I. M. Khaymovic, N. M. Chtchelkatchev, and V. M. Vinokur, Instability of topological order and localization of edge states in HgTe quantum wells coupled to s-wave superconductor, Phys. Rev. B 84, 075142 (2011).
  28. A. Petković, N. Chtchelkatchev, T. I. Baturina, and V. Vinokur, Out-of-Equilibrium Heating of Electron Liquid: Fermionic and Bosonic Temperatures, Phys. Rev. Lett., 105, 187003 (2010).
  29. A. Petković, N. Chtchelkatchev, T. I. Baturina TI, and V. Vinokur, Out-of-Equilibrium Heating of Electron Liquid: Fermionic and Bosonic Temperatures, Phys. Rev. Lett., 105, 187003 (2010).
  30. N. M. Chtchelkatchev, V. M. Vinokur, T. I. Baturina, Hierarchical Energy Relaxation in Mesoscopic Tunnel Junctions: Effect of a Nonequilibrium Environment on Low-Temperature Transport, Phys. Rev. Lett., 24, 247003 (2009).
  31. N. Chtchelkatche and V. Vinokur, Nonequilibrium mesoscopic superconductors in a fluctuational regime, Europhys. Lett. 88, 47001 (2009).
  32. T. I. Baturina, A. Yu. Mironov, V. M. Vinokur, M. R. Baklanov, C. Strunk, Hyperactivated Resistance in TiN Films on the Insulating Side of the Disorder-Driven Superconductor-Insulator Transition, JETP Lett. 88, 752 (2008).
  33. I. V. Lerner, A. A. Varlamov, and V. M. Vinokur, Fluctuation spectroscopy of granularity in superconducting structures, Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 117003 (2008).
  34. V. M. Vinokur, T. I. Baturina, M. V. Fistul, A. Yu. Mironov, M. R. Baklanov, C. Strunk, Superinsulator and quantum synchronization, Nature, 452, 613 (2008).
  35. M. V. Fistul, V. M. Vinokur, T. I. Baturina, Collective Cooper-pair transport in the insulating state of Josephson-junction arrays, Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 086805 (2008).
  36. T. I. Baturina, A. Yu. Mironov, V. M. Vinokur, M. R. Baklanov, and C. Strunk, Phys. Rev. Lett. Localized superconductivity in the quantum-critical region of the disorder-driven superconductor-insulator transition in TiN thin films, 99, 257003 (2007).
  37. A. Mirlin, D. G. Polyakov, and V. M. Vinokur, Transport of charge-density waves in the presence of disorder: Classical pinning versus quantum localization, Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 156405 (2007).
  38. I. S. Beloborodov, A. V. Lopatin, V. M. Vinokur, and K. B. Efetov, Granular electronic systems, Rev. Mod. Phys. 79, 469 (2007).
  39. A. Glatz, V. M. Vinokur, Y. M. Galperin, Statistics of deep energy states in Coulomb glasses, Phys. Rev. Lett. 98, 196401 (2007).
  40. A. V. Lopatin and V. M. Vinokur, Hopping transport in granular superconductors, Phys. Rev. B 75, 092201   (2007).
  41. A. Gurevich and V. M. Vinokur, Phase textures induced by dc-current pair breaking in weakly coupled multilayer structures and two-gap superconductors, Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 137003 (2006).
  42. I. S. Beloborodov, Y. V. Fominov, A. V. Lopatin, and V. M. Vinokur, Insulating state of granular superconductors in a strong-coupling regime, Phys. Rev. B 74, 014502 (2006).
  43. N. B. Kopnin, A. S. Mel’nikov, and V. M. Vinokur, Resonance energy and charge pumping through quantum SINIS contacts, Phys. Rev. Lett. 96, 146802 (2006).
  44. I. S. Beloborodov, A. V. Lopatin, and V. M. Vinokur, Coulomb effects and hopping transport in granular metals, Phys. Rev. B 72, 125121 (2005).
  45. J. Kierfeld and V. M. Vinokur, Competitive localization of vortex lines and interacting bosons, Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 077005 (2005).
  46. A. V. Lopatin, N. Shah, and V. M. Vinokur, Fluctuation conductivity of thin films and nanowires near a parallel-field-tuned superconducting quantum phase transition, Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 037003 (2005).
  47. A. V. Lopatin and V. M. Vinokur, Delocalization in two-dimensional disordered Bose systems and depinning transition in the vortex state in superconductors, Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 067008 (2004).
  48. J. Kierfeld and V. Vinokur, Lindemann criterion and vortex lattice phase transitions in type-II superconductors, Phys. Rev. B 69, 024501 (2004).
  49. A. Gurevich and V. M. Vinokur, Interband phase modes and nonequilibrium soliton structures in two-gap superconductors, Phys. Rev. Lett. 90, 047004 (2003).
  50. Y. M. Blanter and V. M. Vinokur, Correlation functions for an elastic string in a random potential: Instanton approach, Phys. Rev. B 66, 132101 (2002).
  51. A. V. Lopatin and V. M. Vinokur, Thermodynamics of the superfluid dilute Bose gas with disorder, Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 235503 (2002).
  52. I. S. Aranson, L. S. Tsimring, and V. M. Vinokur, Stick-slip friction and nucleation dynamics of ultrathin liquid films, Phys. Rev. B 65, 125402 (2002).
  53. S. Erdin, I. F. Lyuksyutov, V. L. Pokrovsky, and V. M. Vinokur, Topological textures in a ferromagnet-superconductor bilayer, Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 017001 (2002).
  54.  A. S. Mel’nikov and V. M. Vinokur, Mesoscopic superconductor as a ballistic quantum switch, Nature 415, 60 (2002).
  55. J. Kierfeld and V. M. Vinokur, Dislocations and the critical endpoint of the melting line of vortex line lattices, Phys. Rev. B 61, 14928 (2000).