1977 EM1. Discovered 1977 Mar. 13 by N. S. Chernykh at Nauchnyj.
Named in honor of the outstanding physicist and academician Zhores Ivanovich Alferov (1930– ), director of the Ioffe Physical and Technical Institute in St. Petersburg. Alferov made fundamental contributions to the physics of solid bodies and semiconductors, semiconductor heterostructures and semiconductor and quantum electronics. (M 29143)
Named by the discoverer following a suggestion by the Institute of Theoretical Astronomy.