2017 research activities

Head Prof. Eli Pollak

Picture of Prof. Eli Pollak

Prof. Eli Pollak

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Research in the Department covers a broad spectrum of topics, including many subjects of current interest in chemistry and physics. Areas of research include theoretical studies of turbulence, the physics of fractals, properties of glass, chaos (classical and quantum mechanical), tunneling and dissipative phenomena, kinetics, and dynamics in surface condensed phases and ultrafast processes. Other areas include experimental and theoretical diffusion studies of the interaction of coherent light with matter, nonlinear optics, laser-induced processes in van der Waals molecules, coherent control of chemical reactions, cooling of molecules and theoretical quantum optics in dispersive media and in microcavities. A different area of active research is the study of the structure and properties of large molecular systems, and the interaction of electrons and molecules with organized thin films. Molecules on semiconductor surfaces are studied by combination of lasers and STM. A strong magnetic resonance group is active within the department, working on fields such as solid state NMR, MASS NMR of semiconductors, liquid crystals and proteins, porous materials, as well as pulsed EPR and electron-nuclear double resonance on metalloenzymes and porous solids. The department encourages interdisciplinary approaches to science, and there is much collaboration among members of the department and scientists and students from other faculties such as physics and the life sciences.

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  • Picture of Prof. Ilya Averbukh

    Prof. Ilya Averbukh

    Manipulation of atoms and molecules by laser fields, laser cooling, atom lithography.
    Laser control of molecular orientation.
    Atomic and molecular wave packets, ultra-fast optical phenomena.

  • Picture of Prof. Eran Bouchbinder

    Prof. Eran Bouchbinder

    Continuum solid mechanics and materials physics
    Dynamic fracture and friction
    Nonequilibrium thermodynamics of driven glassy systems
    Amorphous and dislocation-mediated plasticity theories
    The mechanics of biomaterials
    Statistical physics of nonequilibrium phenomena

  • Picture of Prof. Barak Dayan

    Prof. Barak Dayan

    Experimental Quantum Optics
    Cavity QED with single atoms coupled to chip-based micro-resonators
    Nonclassical photon-photon interactions

  • Picture of Prof. Lucio Frydman

    Prof. Lucio Frydman

    Development of new methods in nuclear magnetic resonance and magnetic resonance imaging analysis.
    In vitro and in vivo hyperpolarized NMR and MRI
    Application of novel magnetic resonance methods to the study of cancer, fetal development, protein folding and unfolding.

  • Picture of Prof. Nir Gov

    Prof. Nir Gov

    Research of collective quantum effects in Super-fluid, solid and super-solid Helium. Including magnetic phase transitions in solid and liquid helium.
    The physics of large scale pattern formation of cells in cellular cultures, in morphogenesis and wound-healing.
    Theoretical problems in biological physics; active processes in cells involving molecular motors.
    Theoretical studies and modelling of the physics that determines the shapes and dynamics of cells.

  • Picture of Prof. Gilad Haran

    Prof. Gilad Haran

    Protein folding studied on the level of the individual molecule
    Functional Dynamics of Proteins
    Collaboration with:  Amnon Horovitz, Weizmann, Rina Rosenzweig, Weizmann
    Membrane Organization and Dynamics
    Collaboration with:  Ronen Alon, Weizmann, Frank Brown, UCSB, Andres Alcover, Pasteur Institute
    Correlated motion in the membrane plan
    Super-resolution microscopy of the organization of receptors on the membrane of the T cell
    Interaction of surface plasmons with quantum emitters
    Collaboration with:  Ora Bitton, Weizmann, Lothar Houben, Weizmann, Lev Chuntonov, Technion
    Strong coupling of plasmons and quantum dots

  • Picture of Prof. Gershon Kurizki

    Prof. Gershon Kurizki

    Quantum optics of cold atoms .
    Superluminal effects in optics.
    Quantum and nonlinear optics in photonic band gap structures.
    Control of quantum states and decoherence.
  • Picture of Prof. Ron Naaman

    Prof. Ron Naaman

    Electron transmission through organized organic thin films.
    Interaction of electrons with bio-molecules
    Electronic and magnetic properties of organized organic thin films
    Collaboration with:  Zeev Vager, Dep. of Particle Physics
    Molecular controlled semiconductor electronic devices.

  • Picture of Prof. Yehiam Prior

    Prof. Yehiam Prior

    Strong field nonlinear optics.
    Alignment and orientation of atoms and molecules in strong laser fields.
    Collaboration with:  Ilya Averbukh
    Molecular Dynamics with ultrashort shaped femtosecond pulses.
    femtosecond laser material processing

  • Picture of Prof. Itamar Procaccia

    Prof. Itamar Procaccia

    The glass transition and slow relaxation phenomena
    Collaboration with:  Jacques Zylberg, Yossi Cohen
    Mechanical properties of amorphus solids with theory of plasticity
    Collaboration with:  Valery Ilyin, Ratul Dasgupta, Limei Xu, Smarajit Karmakar
    Failure in Amorphuos Media: fracture, shear bands and necking.
    Collaboration with:  Ratul Dasgupta, Ashvin Joy, Eran Bouchbinder
    Fractals and scaling in nonequilibrium physics.
    Turbulence in classical and in quantum fluids
    Collaboration with:  Victor L'vov, Anna Pomyalov, Laurent Boue'

  • Picture of Prof. David Tannor

    Prof. David Tannor

    Control of chemical reactions with tailored femtosecond pulses.
    Laser cooling of molecules.
    Quantum theory of dissipation and chemical reactions in solution.
    Semiclassical theory of reactive scattering.

  • Picture of Prof. Shimon Vega

    Prof. Shimon Vega

    Proton NMR Spectroscopy of Solids
    Dynamic Nuclear Polarization
    Collaboration with:  Akiva Feintuch
    Surface mobility of molecules in mesoporous materials