I am the Leader of the Sample Environment (SE) Group. My area of responsibility covers all aspects of providing SE for ISIS user program including operational, financial and planning issues. I am also responsible for ISIS SE development projects.
I graduated from Kharkov State University, Ukraine in 1984 as radiophysicist. Then I stayed on at Institute for Low Temperature Physics & Engineering where I received PhD in 1992. Later on, I worked as a post-doctoral researcher in Eindhoven University of Technology; the Institute of Physics, Czech Republic; and as a research fellow in ISSP, the University of Tokyo. In 2000 I joined Oxford Instruments Superconductivity where I worked as senior cryogenic engineer until 2005, when I joined ISIS as a leader of SE Group.
Research and development interests
Sample Environment for neutron scattering; Cryogenics; Superconducting magnets; Ultra low temperature refrigeration and thermometry; Low temperature physics; Quantum fluids and solids; Low dimensional charged systems
I am author/co-author of 61 publications in refereed journals and three patents. My recent publications can be found here.
M. A. Adams, J. Mayers, O. Kirichek, and R. B. E. Down Measurement of the Kinetic Energy and Lattice Constant in hcp Solid Helium at Temperatures 0.07 – 0.4 K. Phys. Rev. Lett., 98, 085301, 2007
E. Blackburn, J. M. Goodkind, S. K. Sinha, J. Hudis, C. Broholm, J. van Duijn, C. D. Frost, O. Kirichek, and R. B. E. Down Absence of a low-temperature anomaly in the Debye-Waller factor of solid 4He down to 140 mK Phys. Rev. B76, 024523 2007
Edge Excitations of Low-Dimensional Charged Systems (Vol. 236 in Horizons in World Physics), edited by O. Kirichek, NOVA Science Publishers, New York, 2000, 221 pages
O. I. Kirichek, M. Saitoh, K. Kono, and F.I.B. Williams Surface Fluctuations of Normal and Superfluid 3He Probed by Wigner Solid Dynamics. Phys. Rev. Lett., 86, N 18, 2001, p. 4064
K. Shirahama, O. I. Kirichek, and K. Kono. Wigner solid on the free surface of superfluid 3He-B. Phys. Rev. Lett., 79, N 21, 1997, 4218
O. I. Kirichek, P. K. H. Sommerfeld, Yu. P. Monarkha, P. J. M. Peters, Yu. Z. Kovdrya, P. P. Steijaert, R. W. van der Heijden, and A. T. A. M. de Waele. Observation of novel edge excitations of a two-dimensional electron liquid on helium in a magnetic field. Phys. Rev. Lett., 74, N 7, 1995, p.1190