A New Generation of Scientific & Intellectual Excellence

Participating Researchers and Institutions

The group selected to establish this I-CORE consists of researchers from the Hebrew University, the Technion, Tel-Aviv University and Weizmann Institute of Science, under the scientific management of Prof. Yosef Nir of the Weizmann Institute of Science.

Scientific Director

Prof. Yosef Nir, The Weizmann Institute of Science

Managing committee

  • Prof. Yosef Nir, The Weizmann Institute of Science
  • Prof. Yaron Oz, Tel Aviv University
  • Prof. Eliezer Rabinovici, Hebrew University
  • Prof. Shlomit Tarem,Technion
  • Prof. Eli Waxman, The Weizmann Institute of Science

Steering Committee

  • Prof. Erez Etzion, Tel Aviv University
  • Prof. Yosef Nir, The Weizmann Institute of Science
  • Prof. Yaron Oz, Tel Aviv University
  • Prof. Eliezer Rabinovici, Hebrew University
  • Prof. Yael Shadmi, Technion
  • Prof. Shlomit Tarem,Technion
  • Prof. Eli Waxman, The Weizmann Institute of Science
  • Prof. Amit Giveon,  Hebrew University

Additional I-CORE Members

  • Prof. Abramowicz Halina, School of Physics and Astronomy, Tel Aviv University
  • Prof. Aharony Ofer, Particle Physics and Astrophysics, Weizmann Institute of Science
  • Prof. Behar Ehud, Physics, Technion
  • Prof. Duchovni Ehud, Particle Physics and Astrophysics, Weizmann Institute of Science
  • Prof. Gal Yam Avishay, Particle Physics and Astrophysics, Weizmann Institute of Science
  • Prof. Komargodski Zohar, Particle Physics and Astrophysics, Weizmann Institute of Science
  • Prof. Itzhaki Nissan, School of Physics and Astronomy, Tel Aviv University
  • Dr. Volansky Tomer, School of Physics and Astronomy, Tel Aviv University
  • Prof. Barak kol, The Racah Institute of Physics,The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Dr. Michael Smolkin, The Racah Institute of Physics,The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Administrative Director

Ms. Meyrav Aviv Goren

New Faculty
2013-14

  • Dr. Bressler Shikma, The Weizmann Institute of Science, after a postdoctoral position at the Weizmann Institute of Science
  • Dr. Ran Budnik, The Weizmann Institute of Science, returned from Columbia University

2014-2015

  • Dr. Kfir Blum,  The Weizmann Institute of Science, return from  IAS, Princeton, USA.
  • Dr. Amit Sever, Tel Aviv University, return from  IAS, Princeton, USA.

2015-2016

  • Dr. Ishay Pomerantz, Tel Aviv University , return from Center for High Energy Density Science, The University of Texas at Austin.
  • Dr. Shlomo Razamat , Technion , return from IAS, Princeton, USA.

2016-2017

  • Dr Michael Smolkin, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, return from Berkeley Center for Theoretical Physics, California.

 

 Research focus

Our current understanding of the fundamental laws of Nature and the structure of the Universe is based on two distinct frameworks:
General Relativity – the classical theory of gravity, and the Standard Model – the quantum theory of the strong, weak and electromagnetic interactions.
While both theories successfully account for a wealth of experimental data, they leave various fundamental questions unanswered:What is the mechanism of electroweak symmetry breaking? What is the dark matter made of? What is dark energy? What is the source of the heavy elements in the Universe?
The quest for answers to these and other questions has entered an exciting era, as the LHC probes higher energy scales than ever before; as searches for dark matter become sensitive to interaction rates smaller than ever before; and as telescopes collecting new messengers from the Universe, and opening new regions of sensitivity, become available.
At the same time, conceptual developments such as holography open new paths for studying and relating diverse, and a priori distinct, fundamental problems in physics, ranging from strongly coupled theories of electroweak symmetry breaking, through color confinement, to the black hole unitarity puzzle.
The anticipated data from particle physics, gravity, cosmology, astrophysics and strings, is the basis of research of this center, and may well lead to major breakthroughs in the study of fundamental physics at all length scales.

For more information please contact : ela.ulman@weizmann.ac.il