Prof. Nikolay Vuchkov, DScProf. DSc Nikolay K. Vuchkov

nvuchkov (at) issp (dot) bas (dot) bg

Born in May 16, 1949 in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Research interests: metal vapor lasers (pulsed and CW); gas discharges; processes in discharge plasma; excitation techniques for pulsed gas lasers; lasers application for materials processing, medicine and biology.


  • Diploma in physics from Sofia University - 1975
  • PhD degree in physics from Lebedev Physical Institute, Moscow, Russia
  • Doctor of science – 2003 in Bulgaria

Professional Background:

 In 2015 retired as a Professor in Metal Vapor Lasers Laboratory, Institute of Solid State Physics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

 Past Experience:
  • Research Scientist from 1981 to 1989
  • Associate Professor, since 1989                                            

Foreign languages: English, Russian - fluently

Major publications:

  • papers –183
  • monographs - 5
  • patents -  13 
  • reports on the conference - 77
  • citations – 610

Publications for the last 5 years:

  1. Tatiana P. Chernogorova, Krassimir A. Temelkov, Nina K. Koleva, Nikolay K. Vuchkov, 2D numerical modeling of gas temperature in large-volume Sr laser excited in nanosecond pulsed longitudinal He-SrBr2 discharge, IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, 41(10), pp. 3043-3047, (2013)

  2. K. A. Temelkov, S. I. Slaveeva, N. K. Vuchkov, An experimental study on discharge parameters of high-power Ne-Cu+, He-Hg+ and He-Sr+ lasers excited in nanosecond pulsed longitudinal discharge, Proc. of SPIE, 8770, art. 87701L (7 pages), (2013)

  3. A. N. Soldatov, N. V. Sabotinov, E. L. Latush,G. D. Chebotarev, N. K. Vuchkov, N. A. Yudin, STRONTIUM AND CALCIUM VAPOUR LASERS, Istpart, Академично издателство «Професор Марин Дринов», (2013)

  4. K. Temelkov, S. Slaveeva, V. Kirilov, I. Kostadinov and N. Vuchkov, High-power metal halide vapour lasers oscillating in deep ultraviolet, visible and middle infrared spectral ranges, Physica Scipta 149 014015 (3 pages) (IF 1.204), (2012)
  5. F. Gubarev, G. Evtushenko N. Vuchkov, V. Sukhanov and D. Shiyanov, Modelling technique of capacitive discharge pumping of metal vapor lasers for electrode capacitance optimization, Review Of Scientific Instruments 83, (2012) 055111,. ISSN: 00346748, (2012)
  6. S. Slaveeva, K. Temelkov and N. Vuchkov, A study on plasma parameters of He and Ne-He nanosecond pulsed longitudinal discharge for high-temperature large-volume tube, Comptes Rendus de l’Académie Bulgare des Sciences 65 (8) (2012) pp. 1043-1048, (IF 0.210), (2012)
  7. K. Temelkov, V. Kirilov, I. Kostadinov and N. Vuchkov,Laser Systems Oscillating in DUV and Visible Spectral Ranges for High-precision Material Processing  Comptes Rendus del’Académie Bulgaredes Sciences 65 (7) (2012)pp. 899-904, (IF 0.210), (2012)
  8. I. Iliev, S. Gocheva-Ilieva, K. Temelkov, N. Vuchkov and N. Sabotinov, Multivariate Statistical Analysis in Planning Experiments for a New Strontium Bromide Vapour Laser, International Journal of Optoelectronic Engineering 2(1) (2012) pp. 10-16, (2012)
  9. S. Slaveeva, K. Temelkov and N. Vuchkov, Analytical calculation of gas temperature measurement of average and time-resolved electron temperature for gas discharge in binary gas mixtures of He and Ne, Journal of Physics: Conference Series 356 (2012) 012011 (4 pages), (2012)
  10. T. Chernogorova, K. Temelkov, N. Koleva and N. Vuchkov, 2D numerical modeling of gas temperature in large-volume high-temperature nanosecond pulsed longitudinal discharge in helium with small admixtures of neon, strontium and bromine, Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 356 (2012) 012012 (4 pages), (2012)
  11. K. Temelkov and N. Vuchkov, High-Power SrBr2 Vapour Laser, Bulgarian Journal of Physics 39 (2012) pp. 165-177, (2012)
  12. J.  Mouchovski, K. Temelkov and N. Vuchkov, The growth of mixed alkaline-earth fluorides for laser host applications, Progress in Crystal Growth and Characterization of Materials, vol. 57, No. 1, 2011, pp. 1-41, ISSN 0960-8974, (2011)
  13. K. Temelkov, S. Slaveeva and N. Vuchkov, Analytical calculation of gas temperature and experimental determination of electron temperature in gas discharge in Ne-He mixtures, IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, Volume: 39 Issue:3, March 2011, pages: 831 – 835, ISSN 0093-3813, (2011)
  14. I. Iliev, S. Gocheva-Ilieva, K. Temelkov, N. Vuchkov and N Sabotinov, An improved radial temperature model of a high-powered He-SrBr2 laser, Optics & Laser Technology, Volume 43, Issue 3, April 2011, Pages 642-647, ISSN 0030-3992, DOI: 10.1016/j.optlastec.2010.09.005, (IF 0.981), (2011)
  15. K. Temelkov, S. Slaveeva, L. Lyutov and N. Vuchkov, Influence of some gaseous additives on gas-discharge parameters and laser performance of a volume-scaled MIR He-SrBr2 laser, Proc. of SPIE Vol. 7747, 2011, 77471M, (2011)
  16. K. Temelkov, S. Slaveeva, N. Vuchkov, L. Lyutov and N. Sabotinov, Determination of Gas and Electron Temperatures for a Powerful MIR He-SrBr2 Laser Excited in Nanosecond Pulsed Longitudinal Discharge, in Proc. of SPIE, vol. 7751, art. 77510P, 2011, (8 pages), (2011)
  17. М. Замфиров и Н. Вучков, Нека бъде монохроматична, кохерентна и насочена светлина (50 години от създаването на лазера), Светът на физиката 1, 2011, стр. 32-40ISSN 0861–4210, (2011)
  18. М. Замфиров и Н. Вучков, Нека бъде монохроматична, кохерентна и насочена светлина (50 години от създаването на лазера), Втора част (продължение от кн. 1/2011 г.), Светът на физиката 2, 2011, стр. 160-178, ,ISSN 0861–4210, (2011)
  19. K. Temelkov, N. Vuchkov, I. Freijo-Martin, and R. Ekov, Theoretical and experimental determination of gas and electron temperatures for gas discharges in Ne and He mixtures with copper, bromine,hydrogen and strontium, Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics 43, 075206, 8 pages, (IF 2.083), (2010)
  20. K. Temelkov, N. Vuchkov , I. Freijo-Martin and R. Ekov, Analytical calculation of the gas temperature and measurement of the electron temperature for gas discharges in Ne and He mixtures with copper, bromine, hydrogen and strontiumJournal of Physics: Conference Series 223(1),art. No. 012004, (2010)
  21. I. Iliev, S. Gocheva-Ilieva, K. Temelkov, N. Vuchkov and N. Sabotinov, Temperature Model of a New High-powered SrBrLaserAIP Conference Proceedings 1301, 138-145, (2010)
  22. K. Temelkov, N. VuchkovI. Freijo-MartinA. LemaL. Lyutov and N. Sabotinov, Experimental study on the spectral and spatial characteristics of a high-power He–SrBrlaser, J. of Phys. D: Appl. Phys., 42, 115105 (6pp) doi:10.1088/0022-3727/42/11/115105, (IF 2.104), (2009)
  23. K. Temelkov, N. VuchkovB. Mao, E. Atanassov, L. Lyutov and N. Sabotinov, High-power Sr atom laser excited in nanosecond pulsed longitudinal He-SrBrdischarge, IEEE J. of Quantum Electronics, vol. 45, No. 3, pp. 278-281, (IF 2.413), (2009)
  24. M. Ilieva, A. Stoyanova, V. Tsakova, N. Vuchkov, K. Temelkov, W. Erfurth and N. Sabotinov, Effect of deep UV laser treatment on electroless silver precipitation on poly-3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene, Journal of Optoelectronics and Advanced Materials (JOAM), Vol. 11, ISS.10- 2009, pp. 1444 – 1447, (IF0.577), (2009)
  25. J. Mouchovski, K. Temelkov, N. Vuchkov and N. Sabotinov, Calciumstrontium fluoride crystals with different composition for UV-laser application: control of growing rate and optical properties, Compt. Rend., 62, No. 6, pp. 687-694, (IF 0.152), (2009)
  26. L. Chen, B. Pan, Y. Wang, K. Temelkov and N. Vuchkov, He–SrClvapor laser excited by Blumlein discharge circuit,Optics Communicationsvol. 282, No.19, pp. 3953-3956, (IF 1.552), (2009)
  27. I. Iliev, S. Gocheva-Ilieva, K. Temelkov, N. Vuchkov and N. Sabotinov, Modeling of the Radial Heat Flow and Cooling Processes in a Deep Ultraviolet CuNe-CuBr Laser, Mathematical Problems in Engineering, vol. 2009, Article ID 582732, 16 pages, doi:10.1155/2009/582732, (IF 0.545), (2009)
  28. I. Iliev, S. Gocheva-Ilieva, K. Temelkov, N. Vuchkov and N. Sabotinov, Analytical model of temperature profile for a He-SrBr2 laser, Journal of Optoelectronics and Advanced Materials (JOAM), vol. 11, ISS. 11- 2009, pp. 1735 – 1742, (IF 0.577), (2009)
  29. J. MouchovskiK. Temelkov, N. Vuchkov and N. Sabotinov, Simultaneous growth of high quality Ca1-xSrxFboules by optimized Bridgman-Stockbarger apparatus. Reliability of light-transmission measurement, Bulgarian Chemical Communications, vol. 41, No. 3, pp. 253–260, (2009)
  30. S. Gocheva-Ilieva, I. Iliev, K. Temelkov, N. Vuchkov and N. Sabotinov, Classifying the Basic Parameters of Ultraviolet Copper Bromide Laser, AIP Conf. Proc., CP1186, pp. 413-420, (2009)
  31. K. Temelkov, N. VuchkovI. Freijo-Martin, E. Atanassov, R. Ekov and N. Sabotinov, Determination of Thermal Conductivities and Gas Temperature Distribution for Gas Discharges in Ne and He mixtures with Hydrogen, Copper and Bromine, in Proc. of 36th EPS Conference on Plasma Physics ECA Vol. 33E, P-2.132, (2009)