Home page of Alexei Likhtman

Professor of Mathematical Physics

Department of Mathematics
University of Reading

Whiteknights, PO Box 217,                                                                           
Reading, RG6 6AH, UK                                                                               

tel: 0118 3788995
fax: 0118 9313423
room: maths 211
e-mail: A.Likhtman @ reading.ac.uk

-          There are two cardinal sins from which all others spring: Impatience and Laziness. – Franz Kafka

-          It is a good morning exercise for a research scientist to discard a pet hypothesis every day before breakfast. It keeps him young.http://www.quotationspage.com/icon_blank.gif- Konrad Lorenz


my book chapter “Viscoelasticity and molecular rheology”


My main interest is theory and simulations of entangled polymers. It includes the following topics:

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In April 2009, together with Jorge Ramirez we released our free Reptate software, which stands for  Rheology of Entangled Polymers: Toolkit for Analysis of Theory & Experiment”. It allows users to easily manipulate rheological data and fit it with modern theories for entangled polymers. Most of my theories are incorporated there.


A simplest code for multiple-tau correlator is available here.



On 18 of September 2008 I started a blog called "Dynamics of Entangled Polymers" at go-entangle.blogspot.com, where I hope to have a discussion on fundamental physics of entanglements.

Wordle: tube theoryHere is a snapshot of my blog: it reflects pretty well the state of my brain in the second half of 2008.



Theoretical  Polymer Physics group in March 2009. From left to right: Alexei Likhtman, Bart Vorselaars, Mark Matsen, Jorge Ramirez, Gabriele Migliorini, Tim Palmer, Alex Lukyanov, M.Ponmurugan, Shukor Talib, Tom Beardsley, Jing Cao