Ph.D., University of Oxford, UK (1995)
US Naval Observatory, Washington DC 20392.
PREVIOUSLY HELD POSITIONS
2001 - 2002
. University of Minnesota, Institute for Mathematics. - Postdoctoral Research Fellow
1997 - 2000
. Harvard University, Department of Physics. - Visiting Research Scientist
. Harvard University, the Core Program. - Lecturer
. Tufts University, Department of Physics. - Lecturer
Since 2009 . Member of Commissions No 7 and No 52 of the International Astronomical Union
2008 - 2009 . Chair of the Division on Dynamical Astronomy of the American Astronomical Society
2007 - 2008 . Vice Chair of the Division on Dynamical Astronomy
Chair of the Local Organizing Committee
Symposium No 261 of the International Astronomical Union, April 2009
Chair of the Local Organizing Committee
Meeting No 40 of the Division on Dynamical Astronomy, May 2009
Chair of the Scientific Program Committee
Meeting No 39 of the Division on Dynamical Astronomy, April 2008
2008 . Outstanding Referee Citation, Geophysical Research Letters, AGU 2006 . Best Paper Award, Conference "New Trends in Astrodynamics", Princeton 2006 2001 - 2002 . IMA Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Minnesota 1993 - 1995 . Dulverton Graduate Scholarship, Oxford University, UK 1991 - 1993 . Amelia Jackson Graduate Scholarship, Oxford University, UK 1990 - 1991 . Soros Foundation Scholarship, Oxford University, UK
COLLOQUIA AND SEMINARS GIVEN
Princeton 1994, Cornell 1994, Tufts 1994, Harvard 1998, Toronto 1998, Princeton 1999, Harvard 1999, Boston University 1999, Boston College 1999, Wellesley 2000, Wisconsin Madison 2000, NASA - Goddard Space Flight Centre 2000, Deutchen Zentrum fur Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) 2001, Minnesota 2001, Harvard 2002, UCLA 2002, U of Maryland College Park 2002, US Naval Observatory 2002, Harvard - CfA 2003, US Naval Observatory 2003, Princeton - IAS 2003, NASA - Goddard Space Flight Centre 2004, University College Dublin 2005, Observatoire de Paris 2007, Observatoire Royal de Belgique 2007, DTM - Carnegie Institution of Washington 2012, U of Maryland College Park 2013, NASA - Goddard Space Flight Centre 2013
REFEREEING FOR JOURNALS:
Advances in Space Research Astronomy and Astrophysics The Astronomical Journal The Astrophysical Journal Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy Chaos Earth, Moon and Planets Foundations of Physics Geophysical Research Letters Icarus The International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering The Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer (JQSRT) The Journal of Geophysical Research - Planets (JGR E) Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (MNRAS) Naturwissenschaften Planetary and Space Science Pure and Applied Geophysics Regular and Chaotic Dynamics Science
Scientific Editor of the De Gruyter series of books on mathematical physics
TAUGHT COURSES, AS A LECTURER FULLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE COURSE:
Tufts University: Advanced Quantum Mechanics (graduate) Analytical Mechanics (undergraduate) Electricity and Magnetism (undergraduate) Introduction to Planetary Astronomy (undergrade, nonscience-major) University of Massachusetts : Mathematical Methods of Theoretical Physics (graduate) Suffolk University: Quantum Mechanics (undergraduate) Classical Mechanics (undergraduate) Modern Physics (undergraduate) Introduction to Physical Science (undergraduate) Introduction to Planetary Astronomy (undergraduate, non-science majors)
TAUGHT COURSES, AS A TEACHING ASSISTANT RESPONSIBLE FOR LABS, GRADING AND PROBLEM-SOLVING SESSIONS:
Harvard University : Advanced Quantum Mechanics (graduate) Classical Electrodynamics (graduate) Physics I (PreMed undergraduate) Physics of Waves (undergraduate) Chance, Necessity, and Order (undergraduate, non-science majors)
Sergei Kopeikin, Michael Efroimsky, and George Kaplan
Relativistic Celestial Mechanics of the Solar System.
860 pages, Wiley-VCH, Berlin 2011
Benoit Noyelles, Julien Frouard, Valeri Makarov and Michael Efroimsky
Spin-orbit evolution of Mercury revisited.
Submitted to: Icarus (2013)
Valeri Makarov and Michael Efroimsky
No pseudosynchronous rotation for terrestrial planets and moons.
The Astrophysical Journal, Vol. 764 : 27 (2013)
Michael Efroimsky and Valeri Makarov
Tidal Friction and Tidal Lagging. Applicability Limitations of a Popular Formula for the Tidal Torque.
The Astrophysical Journal, Vol. 764 : 26 (2013)
Tidal dissipation compared to seismic dissipation: in small bodies, in earths, and in superearths.
The Astrophysical Journal, Vol. 746 : 150 (2012)
Bodily tides near spin-orbit resonances.
Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy, Vol. 112, pp. 283 - 330. (2012)
Valeri Makarov, Ciprian Berghea, and Michael Efroimsky
Dynamical evolution and spin-orbit resonances of potentially habitable exoplanets. The case of GJ 581d.
The Astrophysical Journal, Vol. 761 : 83 (2012)
James G. Williams and Michael Efroimsky
Bodily tides near the 1:1 spin-orbit resonance. Correction to Goldreich's dynamical model
Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy, Vol. 114, pp. 387 - 414. (2012)
Justification of the two-bulge method in the theory of bodily tides.
Astronomy and Astrophysics, Vol. 544 : A133 (2012)
Julie Castillo-Rogez, Michael Efroimsky, and Valery Lainey
The tidal history of Iapetus. Spin dynamics in the light of a refined dissipation model.
Journal of Geophysical Research - Planets, Vol. 116, E09008. (2011)
Michael Efroimsky and James G. Williams
Tidal torques. A critical review of some techniques.
Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy, Vol. 104, pp. 257 - 289. (2009)
Michael Efroimsky and Valery Lainey
The Physics of Bodily Tides in Terrestrial Planets and the Appropriate Scales of Dynamical Evolution.
Journal of Geophysical Research - Planets, Vol. 112, p. E12003 (2007)
Pini Gurfil, Antonio Elipe, William Tangren, and Michael Efroimsky
The Serret-Andoyer Formalism in Rigid-Body Dynamics: I. Symmetries and Perturbations.
Regular and Chaotic Dynamics, Vol. 12, pp. 389 - 425 (2007)
Michael Efroimsky and Alberto Escapa
The theory of canonical perturbations applied to attitude dynamics and to the Earth rotation.
Osculating and nonosculating Andoyer variables.
Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy, Vol. 98, pp. 251 - 283 (2007)
Pini Gurfil, Valery Lainey, and Michael Efroimsky
Long-term evolution of orbits about a precessing oblate planet. 3. A semianalytical and a purely numerical approach.
Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy, Vol. 99, pp. 261 - 292. (2007)
Long-term evolution of orbits about a precessing oblate planet. 2. The case of variable precession.
Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy. Vol. 96, pp. 259 - 288 (2006)
Long-term evolution of orbits about a precessing oblate planet: 1. The case of uniform precession.
Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy, Vol. 91, pp. 75 - 108 (2005)
Arsen Hajian, et al.
Initial Results from the USNO Dispersed Fourier Transform Spectrograph.
Astrophysical Journal, Volume 661, pp. 616 - 633. (2007)
Kenneth Johnston, et al.
The Origins Billions Star Survey: Galactic Explorer.
The Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific." Volume 118, pp. 1428 - 1442. (2006)
Gauge Freedom in Orbital Mechanics.
ANYAS, Vol. 1065, pp. 346-374 (2005)
On the theory of canonical perturbations and its application to Earth rotation.
Talk at the conference ``Journees 2004" held at l'Observatoire de Paris on 20 - 22 September 2004.
Michael Efroimsky and Peter Goldreich
Gauge symmetry of the N-body problem of Celestial Mechanics.
Astronomy and Astrophysics, Vol. 415, pp. 1187 - 1199. (2004)
Michael Efroimsky and Peter Goldreich
Gauge symmetry of the N-body problem in the Hamilton-Jacobi approach.
Journal of Mathematical Physics, Vol. 44, pp. 5958 - 5977. (2003)
William Newman and Michael Efroimsky
The Method of Variation of Parameters and Multiple Time Scales in Orbital Mechanics. ,
Chaos, Vol. 13, pp. 476 - 485 (2003)
Implicit gauge symmetry emerging in the N-body problem of celestial mechanics.
Equations for the Keplerian Elements: Hidden Symmetry.
Preprint IMA, February 2002
Euler, Jacobi, and Missions to Comets and Asteroids Advances in Space Research, Vol.29, p. 725 - 734 (2002)
Michael Efroimsky, Alexander Lazarian, and Vladislav Sidorenko
Complex Rotation with Internal Dissipation. Applications to Cosmic-Dust Alignment and to Wobbling Comets and Asteroids.
Invited Review. Published in: "Recent Research Developments in Astrophysics," Research Signpost, India 2002
Mechanical Alignment of Suprathermal Paramagnetic Cosmic-Dust Granules: the Cross-section Mechanism.
The Astrophysical Journal, Vol. 575, pp. 886 - 899 (2002)
Relaxation of Wobbling Asteroids and Comets. Theoretical Problems, Perspectives of Experimental Observation
Planetary and Space Science, Vol. 49, pp. 937 - 955 (2001)
Precession of a Freely Rotating Body. Inelastic Relaxation in the Vicinity of Poles , astro-ph/9909220, Journal of Mathematical Physics, Vol. 41, p. 1854 - 1888 (2000)
Michael Efroimsky and Alexander Lazarian
Inelastic Dissipation in Wobbling Asteroids and Comets , astro-ph/9811042, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society of London (MNRAS), Vol. 311, p. 269 - 278 (2000)
Inelastic Dissipation in a Freely Rotating Body. Application to Cosmic-Dust Alignment. , astro-ph/9811040 , Monthly Notes of the Royal Astronomical Society of London (MNRAS), Vol. 303, p. 673 - 684 (1999) /with A. Lazarian/
Cross-Section Alignment of Oblate Grains , astro-ph/9607137, Astrophysical Journal, Vol. 466, p. 274 (1996) /with A. Lazarian/
Mechanical Alignment of Prolate Cosmic-Dust Grains: Cross-Section Alignment , Astrophysical Journal, Vol. 472, p. 240 (1996) /with A. Lazarian and J. Ozik/
Gravity-Waves in Vacuum and in Media. Taking the Nonlinearity into Account , Phys. Rev. D, Vol. 49, p. 6512 (1994)
What is Observable in the Perturbative Approach to Gravity? , Classical and Quantum Gravity, Vol. 10, p. 2723 (1993) /with A. Lazarian/
Gravity waves in vacuum and in media: the wave equation, the role of nonlinearity, the stress-energy tensor and the low-frequency cut-off , Classical and Quantum Gravity, Vol. 9, p. 2601 (1992)
TRANSLATIONS FROM THE RUSSIAN POETRY
From Mandelshtam's Voronezh Notebooks.
Translation by Michael Efroimsky
For the roaring glory of ages to come,
For the sake of mankind's high tribes
I'm deprived of my place at the feast of my clan;
Of my dignity, honour and rights.
I am not of wolves' breed, but this wolfhound age
Stalked my path, and it clutched at my throat.
Let me sooner escape in Siberian steppes
Like a hat in a sleeve of a coat.
Not to stare the cowards and scum in the face,
Not to see bloody limbs in the wheel,
Let the blue polar foxes shine bright in my ways
As they glisten in the primeval chill.
Lead me into the night, to the Yenisey stream
Where pine trees reach for the sky,
For I am not a wolf by my blood or my breed,
And my lips will be severed by lies.
In an early version of this verse, the final line used to read as
"And an equal will take my life." Later, Mandelshtam altered it.
More from Mandelshtam's Voronezh Notebooks.
Translation by Michael Efroimsky
May you keep and remember forever my speech for its taste of misfortune and smoke,
For its pitch and its tar, and for my humble patience and labour to death.
I wish the deep waters of Novgorod's wells were so dark, so silent and slow
That a seven-finned quivering star on the Eve of Christ Mass glistened faintly in their depths.
And for that, oh my Father, my Comrade, my Friend, and my stern and merciless Helper,
I, the outcast seed and the prodigal brother rejected as chaff from the Sovietwealth,
Will frame the wells in such rough, coarse-grained and tarnished log shelters,
That nomadic Tatars would be eager to sink Russian princes in these wells.
Joseph Brodsky's dedication to Anna Akhmatova.
Translation by Michael Efroimsky
The fallen lock of hair, the execution sword,
The grain and the mill, the flames and the scripture --
The Lord remembers all, especially the words
Of pardon and of love, as prompted by His whisper.
They come through beats of pulse and shovels breaking ground,
Through bone-crashing crunch; and their pitch is rough.
As one can live just once, they have a stronger sound
When spelled by mortal lips, not whispered from above.
From lands across the seas, I greet you, mighty soul.
You found those words, and put the words to verse.
I venerate your ribs becoming Russian soil
Reverberating through the speechless Universe.
Joseph Brodsky's "Letter to a Roman Friend (in the spirit of Marcus Valerius Martialis )".
Unfinished translation by Michael Efroimsky
Wind and waves are overlaying one another.
Autumn yields metamorphoses everywhere.
Season-caused transfigurations, Postume brother,
Touch me deeper than my lady's new ware.
. . .
I am sending you some volumes, Postume brother.
How's Rome? - Friends with steel in their pockets?
How's the Caesar? Still intriguing, I gather...
Still intriguing and feeding to a surfeit.
I am sitting in my yard. My lamp is burning.
No lass or friend or servant is around.
Just the company of insects gently droning...
No Princeps, no subjects, no crowd...
Here's an Asian merceant's grave, a shaft of marble.
He was modest, but persistent in his business.
He died swiftly of a fever. He had travelled.
To this land to get some cargo, not an illness.
Here's a legionnaire's tomb, a rugged ledger.
He had gloriously fought to Rome's avail.
Often could have been killed. Yet died he aged.
Even here, Postume, rules are doomed to fail.
. . .
From the tempest you are far, and from the Caesar.
No need to cringe, to rush, to dread the thunders.
All the governors, you say, are bloody stealers.
I prefer the bloody stealers to blood-mongers.
. . .
Sweat hetaera, let us quit negotiations.
You are not to stay alone in this sprinkle.
I shall cover you, but charging me sesterces
Is like sparing your roofing of a shingle.
Am I leaking through? - A puddle still is absent.
No puddle have I ever left behind!
When you find some one to be your husband.
He will be free to leak under the blanket
Days to come are less than those left behind.
By a tavern, once I heard an old slave utter
That a lot of ruins can be seen around.
Words of wisdom, though from a savage gutter...
From a hillside stroll, I brought a spray of blossom.
Here's a jug for it. I put some water there.
How's Lybia? - or where is it, Postume?
Whether are we still engaged in warfare?
Postume, our Proconsul has a sister.
Slim in waist, she otherwise is pretty ample.
You have slept with her. She has become a priestess.
Priestess, Postume. And is serving at a temple.
Come to share news and bread and plums and wine.
In the night, as heavens clear, dark and spacious,
I shall set for you a couch in the garden,
And shall tell you what they call the constellations.
Soon your friend, a devotee of composition,
Shall be subject to the ultimate negation.
Search the cache under the cushion. Requisition
All the money. Tender for the inhumation.
City walls shelter a house of ill fame.
Thither, thitherwards you ride your raven mare.
Pay the money, for which they entertain.
Let them now mourn me for the same fare.
Shivers running through the verdure of a laurel...
Dust enshrouding the sill of the fenestra...
Open doors... A bed and chairs - all forlorn...
The meridian sun infusing fading vestures...
The thalatta roars behind the hedge of pines.
By the promontory, a windward ship is beating.
On a cloven bench - a script by Plinius Gaius.
From a cypress' crown comes a blackbird's twitting.