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Alexey Vikhlinin

Center for Astrophysics
Senior Astrophysicist


Alexey Vikhlinin has studied astrophysics at the Space Research Institute (IKI) in Moscow under di- rection of Prof. Rashid Sunyaev in 1991-1995. He was a CfA Postdoctoral Fellow in 1996-1998, and later joined the Chandra X-ray Center (2001). In the next several years, Vikhlinin led the calibration work for Chandra’s main detector, and formulat- ed and led a large-scale project aimed at using the Chandra observations of ROSAT-detected distant galaxy clusters for cosmology. Vikhlinin co-shared the 2008 Rossi Prize for his work on galaxy clusters and cosmology. In recent years, Vikhlinin has led the NASA mission concept study for Lynx, a major X-ray astronomical facility which would feature a 1.5 orders of magnitude gain in throughput while maintaining the Chandra’s angular resolution.

PhD, Space Research Institute (Moscow, Russia)