Ivan Novikau is a postdoctoral associate research physicist in the Theory Department of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. He received his undergraduate degree in nuclear physics from Belarusian State University in 2012, and his master's degree at the University of Lorraine in 2015. In 2020 he earned his Ph. D. from Ulm University and Max Planck Institute of Plasma Physics in Germany for work on gyro-kinetic simulations of Geodesic Acoustic Modes driven by energetic particles and turbulence. The project included numerical computing with the ORB5 code in realistic tokamak configurations and analytical examination in simplified geometries.
At PPPL, he works under the supervision of Dr. Edward Startsev and Dr. Ilya Dodin. His research focuses on developing and applying numerical algorithms from quantum computing to plasma physics problems.