2017 research activities

Head Prof. Tal Alexander

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Prof. Tal Alexander

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The Department of Particle Physics and Astrophysics is engaged in both experimental and theoretical research, in various directions. These include elementary particle physics, field theory, string theory, theoretical astrophysics, observational astrophysics, particle astrophysics, relativistic heavy ion physics, molecular physics, nuclear physics, plasma physics, and radiation detection physics.

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  • Picture of Prof. Ofer Aharony

    Prof. Ofer Aharony

    Weakly coupled versions of the AdS/CFT correspondence and possible derivations
    Collaboration with:  S. Minwalla, G. Gur-Ari, R. Yacoby
    General properties of field theories with quenched disorder
    Collaboration with:  Z. Komargodski, S. Yankielowicz
    Strongly coupled field theories in anti-de Sitter space
    Collaboration with:  M. Berkooz, S. Rey, D. Tong, S. Yankielowicz
    Dualities between field theories in various dimensions
    Collaboration with:  G. Gur-Ari, S. Minwalla, P. Narayan, S. Razamat, N. Seiberg, T. Sharma, B. Willett, R. Yacoby

  • Picture of Prof. Tal Alexander

    Prof. Tal Alexander

    Circum-nuclear accretion disks
    The growth of black holes in the early universe
    Gravitational wave sources
    Massive black holes
    Dynamic of galactic nuclei
    Stellar phenomena in the center of the Milky Way

  • Picture of Prof. Micha Berkooz

    Prof. Micha Berkooz

    Theoretical high energy physics
    String theory, Field theory, Gravity
    Particle Phenomenology
    Conformal field theory applications in condensed matter systems
    Quantum information and black holes

  • Picture of Prof. Amos Breskin

    Prof. Amos Breskin

    Noble-liquid neutron and gamma radiography concepts for detection of concealed explosives and nuclear materials (Homeland security)
    Photon imaging detectors
    Noble-liquid detector concepts for Dark-matter searches, neutrino physics and medical diagnostics
    Advanced gas-avalanche electron multipliers
    Particle tracking detectors for future particle and astroparticle experiments
    Methods of Nano-dosimetry for precise evaluation of radiation effects at the DNA level
    Methods for rapid evaluation of core fluids content in oil and gas wells

  • Picture of Dr. Shikma Bressler

    Dr. Shikma Bressler

    ATLAS experiment
    Data analysis - Searches for physics beyond the standard model
    Lepton flavour violating decays of the Higgs and Z bosons
    Asymmetry in electron/muon final states
    Generic data driven searches
    Instrumentation - Upgrade of the ATLAS muon spectrometer
    Production and testing of the sTGC chambers
    PErformance studies
    Installation in the ATLAS cavern
    Detector physics
    Collaboration with:  A. Breskin and L. Arazi
    Basic R&D
    The role of resistive materials in gaseous detectors
    Charge and light amplification in Liquid Argon
    Applicative R&D
    Physics applications - future calorimeters in accelerators and neutrino physics experiments
    Civil applications - muon tomography for hazardous material detection, volcanology, medicine and more

  • Picture of Dr. Ran Budnik

    Dr. Ran Budnik

    Future concepts for Cosmic Ray precision detection
    Dark Matter detection:
    The XENON Dark Matter project: Data analysis, physics interpretations, development and construction of the future detector XENON1T
    Detector physics:
    Novel effects in LXe detectors
    Future concepts and technologies for rare event detection

  • Picture of Prof. Ehud Duchovni

    Prof. Ehud Duchovni

    Hardware: the construction of sTGC (stripped Thin Gap Chambers) for the ATLAS new small wheel
    Search for "Physics Beyond the Standard mModel" by studying super energetic events with large number of jets
    Search for micro black holes
    Search for RPV SUSY
    Search for RPC SUSY
    Search for very heavy resonance decaying into jets
  • Picture of Prof. Yitzhak Frishman

    Prof. Yitzhak Frishman

    Confinement and screening.
    Collaboration with:  Jacob Sonnenschein
    Non-abelian gauge theories.
    Collaboration with:  Marek Karliner, Jacob Sonnenschein
    From current to constituent quarks.
    Collaboration with:  Marek Karliner

  • Picture of Prof. Avishay Gal-Yam

    Prof. Avishay Gal-Yam

    Cosmic explosions
    Core-collapse supernova explosions: their origins, nature, physics and population statistics
    Thermonuclear supernova explosions (SNe Ia): their nature and rates
    Gamma-Ray Bursts: their origin and relation to supernovae
    New types of cosmic explosions

  • Picture of Prof. Eilam Gross

    Prof. Eilam Gross

    Higgs Physics with the ATLAS detector at the LHC
    Collaboration with:  Students: Michael Pitt and Jonathan Shlomi
    Search for Charged Higgs Boson
    Search for Higgs Decay to Charm Quarks
    Chram Tag
    Strtiatics in High Energy Pjysics

  • Picture of Prof. Shmuel Gurvitz

    Prof. Shmuel Gurvitz

    Multi-dimensional tunnelling.
    Collaboration with:  Xin-Qi Li, D. Sokolovski
    Two-potential approach to tunneling problems
    Cluster decay
    Modified tunneling Hamiltonian
    Tunneling of the Bose-Einstein Condensate
    Final state interaction in inclusive reactions.
    Collaboration with:  A. Aharony, O. Entin-Wohlman, Xin-Qi Li, Wei-Min Zhang
    Number and energy resolved master equations for quantum transport
    Relaxation and dephasing in persistent current
    Zeno effect and quantum description of classical apparatus
    Quantum transport in mesoscopic systems and the measurement problem.
    Collaboration with:  M. Traini
    Bjorken scaling and confinement
    Higher twist corrections to nucleon structure functions

  • Picture of Prof. Haim Harari

    Prof. Haim Harari

    Neutrino Physics (Particle Physics, cosmology, astrophysics implications)
    Patterns of quarks and leptons (masses, mixing, substructure)

  • Picture of Prof. Michael Hass

    Prof. Michael Hass

    Light rare-isotope beams for nuclear astrophysics, neutrino physics and fundamental interactions
    Collaboration with:  Dr. Guy Ron, Hebrew Univresity, Dr. Dan Berkovits, Dr. Israel Mardor: Soreq Nuclear Research Centre. Dr. Oded Heber (WI)
    Low-energy fusion reactions, relevant to the solar neutrino issue. Exeriments at the Van de Graaff accelerator of the Weizmann Institute
    Explosive nucleo-synthesis scenraios and the nuclear reactions playing a role in these astrophysical sites; x-ray bursts, supernoave, rp-process reactions
    Development of techniques and tools for light radioactive beam production for nuclear astrophysics and neutrino physics. Connection to the SPIRAL-II facility at GANIL (France) and the SARAF accelerator at NRC Soreq
    Fundamental Insteraction studies using trapped radioactive nuclei

  • Picture of Prof. Uri Karshon

    Prof. Uri Karshon

    Heavy quark production at the HERA e-p collider.
    Gluon density in the proton and partonic structure of the photon.
    Tests of QCD dynamics in high energy e-p collisions.

  • Picture of Dr. Boaz Katz

    Dr. Boaz Katz

    Open questions in theoretical astrophysics including:
    How do stars explode to produce supernovae? (I think there is an actual chance to finally answer this soon due to accumulating data and new ideas!)
    The three body problem (surprisingly connected to supernovae)
    Where do Cosmic Rays come from and how are they accelerated?

  • Picture of Dr. Doron Kushnir

    Dr. Doron Kushnir

    Problems within the field of high-energy astrophysics and gravitational waves astronomy. Especially supporting the ideas that:
    Supernova explosions of type Ia are due to direct collisions of white dwarf stars.
    Core-collapse supernovae are thermonuclear explosions.
  • Picture of Prof. Yitzhak Maron

    Prof. Yitzhak Maron

    Imploding Plasmas under Pulsed Magnetic Fields:
    High-Resolution Spectroscopic studies of High-Energy-Density Plasmas (visible to x-ray).
    Design and build up of fast (ns) and ultra-fast (sub ns) optical spectroscopic systems.
    Studies of Instabilities and turbulence phenomena.
    Radiation transport and ion temperature in imploding plasmas.
    High-Power-Laser matter interaction:
    Warm dense matter (solid-state with temperatures above the Fermi energy) formed by intense laser solid-state interaction.
    Intense-Laser-Beam-guiding by the use of plasma channels.
    Development of novel spectroscopic diagnostic methods for matter under extreme conditions.
    Experiments are performed in major European laboratories: Jena, Drezden (Germany), Ecole polytechnique (France).
    Close collaboration with Universities and National plasma laboratories in the US (Cornell, Sandia, NRL, LLNL-NIF).

  • Picture of Prof. Giora Mikenberg

    Prof. Giora Mikenberg

    Trigger and data acquisition for LHC experiments.
    Collaboration with:  E. Duchovni, E. Gross, L. Levinson, D. Lellouch
    Search for Higgs bosons and SUSY particles at LHC.
    Collaboration with:  E. Duchovni, E. Gross, L. Levinson, D. Lellouch
    Search for Supersymmetry at LEP.
    Collaboration with:  E. Duchovni, E. Gross, L. Levinson, D. Lellouch
    Detector development and study of physics for LHC.
    Collaboration with:  E. Duchovni, E. Gross, L. Levinson, D. Lellouch
    Search for the standard-model and SUSY Higgs-bosons at LEP.
    Collaboration with:  E. Duchovni, E. Gross, L. Levinson, D. Lellouch
    Reconfigurable computing.
    Collaboration with:  E. Duchovni, E. Gross, L. Levinson, D. Lellouch

  • Picture of Prof. Mordehai Milgrom

    Prof. Mordehai Milgrom

    Departure from Newtonian dynamics as an explanation of the dark-matter problem in galactic systems.
    High energy astrophysics: x-ray sources, gamma-ray sources.
    Black holes at the centers of galaxies

  • Picture of Prof. Alexander Milov

    Prof. Alexander Milov

    Detector upgrades for ATLAS and PHENIX
    Collective dynamics.
    Heavy boson production and boson-jet correlations
    Global event characterization
    Analysis of the Heavy Ion data from the ATLAS experiment at the LHC

  • Picture of Prof. Yosef Nir

    Prof. Yosef Nir

    Top physics
    Particle cosmology (dark matter, leptogenesis, baryogenesis)
    Higgs physics
    Flavor physics
    CP violation
    Neutrino physics

  • Picture of Prof. Eran Oded Ofek

    Prof. Eran Oded Ofek

    Gravitational lensing and microlensing
    Astronomical algorithms and high contrast imaging.
    Design and construction of W-FAST - Two telescopes system to explore the visible-light sky on sub-second time scales and search for Oort cloud objects.
    Transients and supernovae; shock breakout observations and measuring the properties of supernova progenitors; Eruptions prior to supernova explosions and interaction between the supernova ejeecta and its circumstellar matter; Design of the ULTRASAT UV space telescope.
    Search for isolated black holes in the Galaxy via astrometric microlensing.

  • Picture of Prof. Gilad Perez

    Prof. Gilad Perez

    What gives masses to the particles? We believe that it is related to electroweak symmetry breaking which raises the hierarchy problem, the huge gap between the weak and Planck scales. The LHC experiments is addressing some of these questions and at the same time rising new ones. Recent cosmological-observation raised additional puzzles: What is the source of dark matter and energy? We explore experimental and theoretical methods to improve our knowledge regarding these issues. We also propose to use optical atomic clock spectroscopy to Search for Higgs-mediated interactions in atoms at table top experiments
    Interpreting a 750 GeV Diphoton Resonance, By Rick S. Gupta, Sebastian Jager, Yevgeny Kats, Gilad Perez, Emmanuel Stamou. arXiv:1512.05332 [hep-ph].
    Is the Higgs Mechanism of Fermion Mass Generation a Fact? A Yukawa-less First-Two-Generation Model, By Diptimoy Ghosh, Rick Sandeepan Gupta, Gilad Perez. arXiv:1508.01501 [hep-ph].
    A Universe without weak interactions, By Roni Harnik, Graham D. Kribs, Gilad Perez. hep-ph/0604027. Phys.Rev. D74 (2006) 035006.

  • Picture of Prof. Itzhak Tserruya

    Prof. Itzhak Tserruya

    Electron pair production in relativistic heavy ion collisions: search for quark-gluon plasma and chiral symmetry restoration.
    Collaboration with:  I. Ravinovich
    R&D, construction and installation of an HBD (Hadron Blind Detector) for the PHENIX experiment at RHIC.
    Collaboration with:  I. Ravinovich
    Study of ultra-relativistic heavy-ion collisions using the PHENIX detector at RHIC (Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider) at Brookhaven National Laboratory and the CERES detector at CERN
    Collaboration with:  I. Ravinovich

  • Picture of Prof. Vladimir Usov

    Prof. Vladimir Usov

    Physical processes in relativistic electron-positron plasma.
    Collaboration with:  G.Z. Machabeli
    The theory of nonthermal radiation from compact astronomical objects (pulsars, white dwarfs, gamma-ray bursters etc.).
    Collaboration with:  A.K. Harding, D.B. Melrose, M. Milgrom, A.G. Muslimov, A.E. Shabad
    Physical processes in very strong magnetic fields.
    Collaboration with:  A.E. Shabad
    Physical processes at the surface and astrophysical appearance of strange-quark-matter stars.
    Collaboration with:  K.S. Cheng, T. Harko, M. Milgrom, F.Weber
    Hydrodynamics and high-energy physics of colliding stellar winds in binary systems.
    Collaboration with:  N.N. Pilyugin