in memoriam

Michael S. Marinov

Marinov, Michael S.   Memoriam



Professor Michael Marinov was born in Moscow on July 4, 1939. He did his university studies in the Physics Department of Moscow State University and graduated in 1962 .
He got his Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from the Institute of Theoretical and Experimental Physics (ITEP) in Moscow in 1968.

Many graduate students in the Soviet Union took what was then called the Landau minimum exam, but Misha is on the famous Landau list, written in Landau's handwriting, of students who took this exam from Landau in person.
While still doing his Ph.D. Misha got a position of a Junior Research Member in ITEP and then from 1969 till 1979 he was Senior Member of this prestigious institute.

For 8 years (1979-87) Misha is an unemployed refusnik who made a living as a construction laborer, and also reviewing and translating physics and mathematics literature.

In 1987 the Marinovs emigrate to Israel and Misha gets a one year position in the Racah Institute of Physics, Hebrew University, Jerusalem and then from 1988 until his death on the 17th of January 2000 he was Professor of Physics in the Technion in Haifa.

Misha achieved global recognition for his work in mathematical physics and quantum field theory. His passion was the path integral approach. His famous work with Berezin in 1977 resulted in a novel description of spin by Grassmann variables. With Terentev he applied path integrals to quantum dynamics on group manifolds. It is also worth to mention Misha's well cited authoritative review on the path integral which was published in the Physics Reports (see Ref. 49 in the list of publications). Quantization on manifold with nontrivial geometry and quantum tunneling became the focus of his studies for many years, both at ITEP and at the Technion.

Misha was an excellent and conscientious teacher and thesis advisor for 6 Ph.D. students and was adored by them. While a refusnik himself he gave a 4-term course for (refusnik) students in Moscow (1980-82)
on Modern Theoretical Physics for Mathematicians.

Later in Haifa, Misha was the contact person for scientists and students from the former Soviet Union in paving their way to settle in Israel and to start their academic activities. Misha was highly erudite and liked to get into discussions on various subjects showing often his broad and detailed encyclopedic knowledge, and was much respected by his colleagues and friends.
Above all Misha was a proud Jew with a strong affinity for the Zionist cause and the State of Israel.

Misha is survived by his wife Lilia and two daughters Maria and Dina.

"Physics Today" Obituary Physics Today 53, 9, 84 (2000);

Volume in Honor of Michael Marinov:

Michael Marinov memorial volume: Multiple facets of quantization and supersymmetry, edited by Mikhail Olshanetzky and Arkady Vainshtein (World Scientific, 2002).
Besides the scientific papers, it includes biographical and personal notes by family and friends.

List of Publication:

PhD Thesis

"Phenomenology of Interactions of Spinning Particles",ITEP,Moscow, 1966.

Papers in professional journals

[1] M. S. Marinov, A form-factor satisfying the unitarity condition, Sov. Phys. JETP 16 (1962) 1250-1251.

[2] M. S. Marinov and V. I. Roginsky, Crossing relations for helicity scattering amplitudes, Nucl. Phys. 49 (1963) 2512-59.

[3] M. S. Marinov, Interactions between particles with spins and the Regge poles, Sov. Phys. JETP 19 (1964) 646-655.

[4] M.S.Marinov and V. I. Roginsky, Kinematic singularities of helicity amplitudes. Integral spins, Sov. Phys. JETP 21 (1965) 444-450.

[5] M. S. Marinov,
i)Meson-baryon scattering and the relativized SU(6) symmetry, Phys. Lett. 16 (1965) 320-322.
ii) Strong Interactions and the Relativistically Generalized SU(6) Symmetry (U(12)). Meson-baryon Scattering. Sov. J. Nucl. Phys. 3 (1966) 92-95.

[6] B. V. Geshkenbein, B. L. Ioffe, M. S. Marinov and V. I. Roginsky, On incompatibility of the relativized SU(6) symmetry with unitarity,
i) Phys. Lett. 16 (1965) 347-348.
ii) Sov. Phys. JETP Lett. 1 (1965) 164-167.
[7] M.S. Marinov, Experimental data on particle resonance widths and the SU(3) symmetry, Sov. J. Nucl. Phys. 3 (1966) 92-95.

[8] M. S. Marinov, Yu. P. Nikitin, Yu. P. Orevkov and E. P. Shabalin, Direct production of lepton pairs by a neutrino beam in the electromagnetic field of a nucleus , Sov. J. Nucl. Phys. 3 (1966) 497-503.

[9] M. S. Marinov, Nonnegative nature of the polarization density matrix, Sov. J. Nucl. Phys. 4 (1967) 899-900.

[10] M. S. Marinov, Relativistic scattering of electrons by nuclei with arbitrary spin, Sov. J. Nucl. Phys. 4 (1967) 271-276.

[11] M. S. Marinov, Relativized SU(6) symmetry versus unitarity, in Problems of Elementary Particle Physics, ed. A. I. Alikhanyan, Armenian Academy of Sciences, Erevan, 1967, pp. 390-398.

[12] A. D. Dolgov, M. S. Marinov and L. A. Ponomarev, The possibility to observing T-odd correlations in the Compton effect on protons, Sov. J. Nucl. Phys. 5 (1967) 617-619.

[13] M. S. Marinov, Expansion of matrices for finite rotations in terms of Clebsch - Gordan coefficients, Sov. J. Nucl. Phys. 5 (1967) 943-944.

[14] M. S. Marinov, The calculation of invariant functions composed of three spherical harmonics, Sov. J. Nucl. Phys. 6 (1968) 149-151.

[15] M. S. Marinov, Construction of invariant amplitudes for interaction of particles with any spin, Ann. Phys.(NY) 49 (1968) 357-392.

[16] S. A. Gurvitz and M. S. Marinov, Pion-deuteron scattering with large momentum transfer to the neutron, Sov. J. Nucl. Phys. 10 (1970) 94-95.

[17] S. A. Gurvitz and M. S. Marinov, Inelastic screening in high-energy pion-deuteron screening, Phys. Lett. 32B (1970) 55-56.

[18] M. S. Marinov and V. I. Roginsky, On invariants of the rotation group, Fortschritte der Physik 19 (1971) 509-527.

[19] S. A. Gurvitz and M. S. Marinov, Technique of calculating the amplitudes of scattering of fast particles by nuclei, Sov. J. Nucl. Phys. 14 (1972) 68-73.

[20] M. S. Marinov and V. S. Popov, Pair production in electromagnetic field (case of arbitrary spin), Sov. J. Nucl. Phys. 15 (1972) 702-709.

[21] M. S. Marinov, Description of temporal evolution of the K o Ko system on the basis of the relaxation equation for the density matrix, Sov. Phys. JETP Lett. 15 (1972) 479-482.

[22] V. M. Kolybasov and M. S. Marinov, Interaction of high-energy particles with deuterons, Sov. Phys. Usp. 16 (1973) 53-63.

[23] M. S.Marinov and V. S. Popov, e+ e- pair production in an alternating electric field, Sov. J. Nucl. Phys. 16 (1973) 449-456.

[24] M. S. Marinov and V. S. Popov, On the production of e+ e - pairs from the vacuum under the influence of an electric field, Theoret. & Mathem. Physics 17 (1973) 967-976.

[25] M. S. Marinov and V. S. Popov, Effect of screening on the critical charge of a nucleus, Sov. Phys. JETP Lett. 17 (1973) 368-71.

[26] M. S. Marinov and V. S. Popov, The phase method for the Dirac equation and the calculation of the critical nuclear charge, Sov. Phys. JETP 38 (1974) 1069-1075.

[27] M. S. Marinov, A non-Hamiltonian theory of neutral K mesons, Sov. J. Nucl. Phys. 19 (1974) 173-177.

[28] M. S. Marinov, V. S. Popov and V. L. Stolin,Variational calculation of critical distance between neclei, Sov. Phys. JETP Lett. 19 (1974) 49-52.

[29] M. S. Marinov and V. S. Popov, The energy spectrum of positrons produced in neclear collisions with R < R er , Sov. J.Nucl.Phys. 20 (1975) 641-643.

[30] M. S. Marinov and V. S. Popov, An alternate version of the WKB method and a calculation of the critical nuclear charge, Sov.Phys. JETP 40 (1975) 621-627.

[31] M. S. Marinov A. M. Perelomov and M. V. Terentyev, Spectrum of states in the one-dimensional 't Hooft model, Sov. Phys. JETP Lett. 20 (1975) 225-226.

[32] M. S. Marinov, V. S. Popov and V. L. Stolin, Variational approach to the relativistic two-center problem: critical internuclear distance, J. Computational Physics 19 (1975) 241-256.

[33] M. S. Marinov and V. S. Popov, Critical distance in collision of heavy ions, Sov.Phys. JETP 41 (1975) 205-209.

[34] M. S. Marinov and V. S. Popov, A modification of the Bohr - Sommerfeld quantization condition, J. Phys. A8 (1975) 1575-1585.

[35] F. A. Berezin and M. S. Marinov, Classical spin and Grassmann algebra, Sov. Phys. JETP Lett. 21 (1975) 320-321.

[36] M. S. Marinov and V. S. Popov, The two-center problem for the Dirac equation, Sov. J. Nucl. Phys. 23 (1976) 251-255.

[37] E. B. Bogomolny and M. S. Marinov, Calculation of the monopole mass in gauge theory, Sov. J. Nucl. Phys. 23 (1976) 355-357.

[38] M. S. Marinov and V. S. Popov, Electron-positron pair creation from vacuum induced by variable electric field, Fortschr. Phys. 25 (1977) 373-400.

[39] M. S. Marinov, Relativistic strings and dual models of strong interactions, Sov. Phys. Usp. 20 (1977) 179-208.

[40] F.A.Berezin and M. S. Marinov, Particle spin dynamics as the Grassmann variant of classical mechanics, Ann. Phys. (NY) 104 (1977) 336-362.

[41] V. I. Lisin, M. S. Marinov and V. S. Popov, Critical distance for the electron two-center problem, Phys. Lett. 60B (1977) 141-142.

[42] V. L. Eletsky, M. S. Marinov and V. S. Popov, Critical charge for anomalous nuclei and the effect of screening, Sov. Phys. JETP 46 (1977) 653-662.

[43] M. S. Marinov, Nonlinear wave equations and differential geometry, Sov.J. Nucl. Phys. 28 (1978) 125-132.

[44] M. S. Marinov and M. V. Terentyev, A functional integral on unitary groups, Sov.J. Nucl. Phys. 28 (1978) 729-737.

[45] M. S. Marinov, An alternative to the Hamilton - Jacobi approach in classical mechanics, J. Phys. A12 (1979) 31-47.

[46] M. S. Marinov and M. V. Terentyev, Dynamics on the group manifold and the path integral, Fortschr. Phys. 27 (1979) 511-545.

[47] B. V. Geshkenbein and M. S. Marinov, Parameters of the W resonances and quantum chromodynamics, Sov. J. Nucl. Phys. 30 (1979) 726-729.

[48] V. I. Lisin, M. S. Marinov and V. S. Popov, Critical electron state in heavy-ion collisions, Phys. Lett. B91 (1980) 20-22.

[49] M. S. Marinov, Path integrals in quantum theory: An outlook of basic concepts, Phys .Reports 60 (1980) 1-57.

[50] M. S. Marinov, Invariant volumes of compact groups, J. Phys. A13 (1980) 3357-3366.

[51] M. S. Marinov, A quantum theory with possible leakage of information, Nucl. Phys.B253 (1985) 609-620.

[52] S. A. Gurvitz and M. S. Marinov, Two-exponential decay from a double-well potential, Phys. Rev. A40 (1989) 2166-2169.

[53] M. S. Marinov, An approach to quantization of constrained systems, Found.Phys. Lett. 2 (1989) 371-382.

[54] S.A.Gurvitz and M. S. Marinov, Quantum interference effect in decay rate of metastable systems, Phys. Lett. A149 (1990) 173-178.

[55] D. Bar-Moshe, M. S. Marinov and Y. Oz, Bosonized actions for anomalous gauge theories on coadjoint orbits, Phys. Lett. B254 (1991) 115-120.

[56] M. S. Marinov, A new type of phase-space path integral, Phys. Lett. A153 (1991) 5-11.

[57] Y. Ben-Horin and M. S. Marinov, Quantum Energy Spectrum from the Integral Schr?dinger Equation, J. Phys. A: Math. and Gen. 26 (1993) 7149-7162.

[58] D. Bar-Moshe and M. S. Marinov, Quantization on Homogeneous Compact K?hler Manifolds, in ''Generalized Symmetries in Physics" eds. H.-D. Doebner, V. K. Dobrev and A. G. Ushveridze, World Sci. 1994, pp. 411-424.

[59] D. Bar-Moshe and M. S. Marinov, Realization of compact Lie algebras in K?hler Manifolds, J.Phys. A.: Math. and Gen. 27(1994) 6287-6298.

[60] M. S. Marinov, Path integral on homogeneous manifolds, J. Math. Phys. 36 (1995) 501-512.

[61] D. Bar-Moshe and M. S. Marinov, Berezin quantization and unitary representations of Lie groups, Amer. Math. Soc. Transl. (''Berezin Memorial", eds. R. Dobrushin, M. Shubin and A. Vershik).177 (1996) 1-21.

[62] M. S. Marinov and B. Segev, Analytical properties of scattering amplitudes in one-dimensional quantum theory, J. Phys. A. Math and Gen. 29 (1996) 2839-2851.

[63] M. S. Marinov and B. Segev, Quantum tunneling in the Wigner representation, Phys.Rev. A54 (1996) 4752-4762.

[64] M. S. Marinov and B. Segev, Causality and time dependence in quantum tunneling, Found. of Physics 27 (1997) 113-132.

[65] M. S. Marinov and B. Segev, Barrier penetration by wave packets and the ''tunneling time", Phys. Rev. A55 (1997) 3580-3585.

[66] M. S. Marinov, Homogeneous phase-space manifolds: classical and quantum theory, New Symmetries in the Theories of Fundamental Interactions (PWN, Warsaw, 1997) 313-323.

[67] Ch. Bracher, W. Becker, S. A. Gurvitz, M. Kleber, and M. S. Marinov, Three-dimensional tunneling in quantum ballistic motion, Amer. J. of Physics 66 (1998) 38-48.

[68] N. Krausz and M. S. Marinov, Exact evolution operator on non-compact group manifolds, quant-ph/970950, September 1997.

[69] M. S. Marinov and E. Strahov, Spin in variable magnetic field: the adiabatic approximation, Comptes rendus Acad.Sci. (France), Ser.B, 327 (1999) 245-249.

[70] M. S. Marinov, Revealing a Path to the Superworld, The Supersymmetric World, G Kane and M Shifma (Ed.), pp. 158-168 (2000)


M.S. Marinov "Coherent Interations of High-Energy Prticles with Nuclei" (in Russian), Moscow Institute of Physics Engineering, 1972.

Reviews and Surveys

[1] V. M. Kolybasov and M. S. Marinov, Decomposition of interaction amplitudes for particles with arbitrary spins in terms of invariant formfactors, in: Proc. of the 4th Winter School on Nuclear and Particle Physics, LFTI, Leningrad, 1969, pp. 234-250.

[2] M. S. Marinov, Relativistic string as a model of hadrons, Part I in: Elementary Particles; Proc. of the 3rd ITEP Winter School of Physics, ''Atomizdat", Moscow, 1976, vol. 1, pp. 47-64; Part 2 ibid, Proc. of the 4th ITEP School, 1977, vol. 3, pp. 30-39.

[3] M. S. Marinov, Functional integrals in quantum theory, in: Elementary Particles; Proc. of the 6th ITEP Winter School, ''Atomizdat", Moscow, 1978, vol. 2, pp. 55-91.

[4] M. S. Marinov, Path Integrals in Phase Space, in Lectures on Path Integration: Trieste 1991, edited by H. Cerdeira et al. (lectures to Adriatico Research Conference), World Sci., Singapore, 1993, p. 84.

[5] M. S. Marinov, Symmetric Manifolds: Geometry, Dynamics, Quantization, Talk to the 19-th International Colloquium on Group-Theoretical Methods in Physics (Salamanca, July 1992), published in Anales de Fis?ca, 1 (1993) 406.

[6] M. S. Marinov, Quantization of Field Theory with Nontrivial Geometry, Invited Talk to the Conference Mathematical Physics Towards the XXIst Century, edited by R. N. Sen and A. Gersten, Univ. of Negev, Beer-Sheva, 1994, pp. 32-52.

[7] M. S. Marinov, Representation Theory and Quantization on K?hler manifolds, in ''Proc. of Barut Memorial Conference", Ed. T. Dereli and I. H. Duru, Turk. J. of Physics 23 (1997) pp. 462-471.

[8] M. S. Marinov, Classical and Quantum Dynamics on Lie Groups and Coset Spaces in GROUP21: Physical Applications and Mathematical Aspects of Geometry, Groups, and Algebras, Eds. H.-D. Doebner, W. Scherer, and P. Nattermann, World Sci., Singapore, 1997, vol. 1, p. 378-384.

[9] M. S. Marinov, Pair Production in External Field as a Tunneling Process, Proc. of Adriatico Research Conference: ''Tunneling and Its Implications" (August 1996), Eds. D. Mugnai et al., World Sci. Singapore, 1997, pp. 238-251,

[10] M. S. Marinov, Causality and the ''tunneling times" for wave packets, Proc. of the 5th Wigner Symposium (Vienna, August 1997), Eds. P. Kasperkowitz et al.

[11] M. S. Marinov, On the path-integral representation in non-Abelian gauge field theory, Proc. of the PI-98 Conference (Florence, August 1998).