Alina Kononov

Quantum Computer Science

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Quantum Computer Science

Sandia National Laboratories, New Mexico
P.O. Box 5800
Albuquerque, NM 87185-1322

Alina develops and applies cutting-edge methods to model excited electron dynamics in materials. Her current projects involve advancing modeling capabilities for warm dense matter and exploring prospects of early fault-tolerant quantum computing for simulating excited electrons. Previously, her doctoral research focused on first-principles modeling of ion-irradiated surfaces and 2D materials, where her contributions enabled predictive calculations of ion-induced electron emission, uncovered new surface physics, and offered insights for ion beam materials imaging and processing techniques. Her broad research interests span electronic structure theory and its applications, including time-dependent density functional theory, quantum simulation, materials physics, and high-energy density science.


2020      Ph.D. in Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2014      S.B. in Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Alina Kononov, Cheng-Wei Lee, Tatiane Pereira dos Santos, Brian Robinson, Yifan Yao, Yi Yao, Xavier Andrade, Andrew Baczewski, Emil Constantinescu, Alfredo Correa, Yosuke Kanai, Normand Modine, Andre Schleife, (2022). Electron dynamics in extended systems within real-time time-dependent density-functional theory MRS communications Publication ID: 80304

Alina Kononov, Alexandra Olmstead, Andrew Baczewski, Andre Schleife, (2022). First-principles simulation of light-ion microscopy of graphene 2D Materials Publication ID: 80215

Stephanie Hansen, Andrew Baczewski, Thomas Gomez, T. Hentschel, Christopher Jennings, Alina Kononov, Taisuke Nagayama, Kelsey Adler, A. Cangi, Kyle Cochrane, A. Schleife, (2022). Improving Predictive Capability in REHEDS Simulations with Fast, Accurate, and Consistent Non-Equilibrium Material Properties Publication ID: 80314

Andre Schleife, Andrew Baczewski, Stephanie Hansen, Alina Kononov, (2021). Optical Properties of Be at High Temperatures from First Principles Publication ID: 76550

Thomas Hentschel, Alina Kononov, Andrew Baczewski, Attila Cangi, Stephanie Hansen, (2021). Effects of electron-ion collisions on stopping powers in warm dense matter Publication ID: 76646

Alina Kononov, Thomas Hentschel, Andrew Baczewski, Stephanie Hansen, (2021). Bound-bound features in x-ray Thomson scattering signals Publication ID: 75785

Andrew Baczewski, Alina Kononov, Thomas Hentschel, Stephanie Hansen, (2021). Electronic stopping in warm dense matter using Ehrenfest dynamics and time-dependent density functional theory Publication ID: 75622

Andre Schleife, Alina Kononov, Stephanie Hansen, Andrew Baczewski, (2021). Optical Properties of Be at High Temperatures from First Principles Publication ID: 75377

Stephanie Hansen, T Hentschel, Alina Kononov, Andrew Baczewski, (2021). Benchmarking consistent observable and material properties from an average-atom model to predictions from TDDFT Publication ID: 79309

Stephanie Hansen, Alina Kononov, Andrew Baczewski, T Hentschel, (2021). Average Atom models: past & future Publication ID: 79043

Alina Kononov, Thomas Hentschel, Attila Cangi, Andrew Baczewski, Stephanie Hansen, (2021). Comparison of DFT-based methods for electronic stopping in warm dense aluminum Publication ID: 77559

Thomas Hentschel, Stephanie Hansen, Attila Cangi, Alina Kononov, Andrew Baczewski, (2020). Collisions and Correlations in Warm Dense Matter: effects on electronic stopping Publication ID: 71636

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Awards & Recognition

2023Kononov, Alina, Award, Emerging Leaders 2022, Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, May 18, 2023.

Kononov, Alina, Award, Outstanding Referee, Communications Physics, February 2023.
2022Kononov, Alina,Award2022 Rising Star in Computational and Data Sciences, April 20, 2022.

Kononov, Alina, AwardNicholas Metropolis Award for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Work in Computational Physics, American Physical Society, Division of Computational Physics, March 14, 2022.