Per Arne Rikvold

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Phone +47 22856485
Visiting address Sem Sælands vei 24 None 0316 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1048, Blindern 0316 OSLO
Other affiliations Department of physics

Academic interests

My research focuses on applications of equilibrium and non-equilibrium computational statistical mechanics to a wide range of problems. These include surface structures of porous hydrogels, structure and dynamics of interfaces driven through a medium by an external force, electrochemical adsorption processes, dynamics of magnetization reversal in thin films, network-theoretical analysis of electrical power grids, and topics in evolutionary ecology. Full publication list, going back to 1977. 


I joined PoreLab at The University of Oslo as a Researcher in 2018, after serving as Professor of Physics at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, since 1987. I received my M.Sc. (Cand. Real.) in Physics from the University of Oslo in 1976. Subsequently, I spent two years as a Japanese Government research student at Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan. After further stays at the University of Oslo, University of Geneva in Switzerland, and Kernforschungsanlage Jülich in Germany, I received my Ph.D. in Physics from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1983. While at Florida State University, I served several periods a Visiting Professor at The University of Tokyo, Kyoto Univeristy, McGill University, and Virginia Tech. Personal web page


Positions held

  • 2010-18: Distinguished Research Professor, Florida State University.
  • 2004-18: The James G. Skofronick Professor of Physics, Florida State University.
  • 1992-2004: Professor of Physics, Florida State University.
  • 1987-92: Associate Professor of Physics, Florida State University.
  • 1985-87: Senior Research Chemist, ARCO Chemical Company, Newtown Square, PA.
  • 1983-85: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Mechanical Engineering, State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY.
  • 1981-83: Research Council of Norway Predoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Physics, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.
  • 1978-81: Predoctoral Research Associate, Department of Physics, University of Oslo, Norway.
  • 1976-78: Japanese Ministry of Education Foreign Graduate Fellow, Department of Physics, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan.
Tags: Statistical mechanics, Computational Physics, Condensed matter physics, Porous media, Magnetic systems, Network theory, Ecology and Evolution


  • Rikvold, Per Arne & Gurfinkel, Aleks (2019). Interpolating between centrality measures on complex networks using absorbing Markov chains.
  • Rikvold, Per Arne & Gurfinkel, Aleks (2019). Random-walk based interpolations between centrality measures on complex networks.
  • Rikvold, Per Arne & Gurfinkel, Aleks (2019). Random-walk based interpolations between centrality measures on complex networks.
Published Jan. 10, 2019 7:41 AM - Last modified Jan. 11, 2019 1:57 PM