2024 research activities

Head Prof. Elisha Moses

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Prof. Elisha Moses

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The Department of Physics of Complex Systems has research programs in fundamental and applied physics. Research in optics and atomic physics includes nonlinear optics, ultra fast optics and high harmonic generation, quantum optics, slow light, descrete optics, nano optics and nonlinear microscopy, laser cooling and trapping of atoms and ions, studies of Bose Einstein condensation, precision spectroscopy and quantum information processing. Theoretical and experimental research in soft condensed matter is concentrated on equilibrium and non-equilibrium statistical physics, clustering of data, bioinformatics and systems biology, electrokinetics of ions and charged particles in low dielectric liquids, colloids, soft materials and complex fluids. Experimental and theoretical hydrodynamics concentrates on turbulence, spatio-temporal chaos, turbulent Rayleigh-Benard convection, liquids at interfaces, droplet impact, sedimentation and dynamics of single micro-objects, such as polymers, vesicles, capsules and hydrodynamics of their solutions. Turbulence theory is developed in general and in applications to cloud physics. Classical and quantum chaos, statistics of nodal lines in quantum systems and turbulence are studied theoretically. Mathematical and computational methods for archaeological research are developed. Theoretical physical biology deals with modeling living information systems, their molecular components and the way they evolve. Experimental bio-physics deals with bio-molecules, neural cultures, neurophysics, physics of the brain, physics of bio-systems and decision making in ant colonies.

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  • Picture of Dr. Rotem Arnon-Friedman

    Dr. Rotem Arnon-Friedman

    Quantum cryptography
    Device-independent quantum cryptography
    Quantum key distribution
    Certification protocols
    Quantum-proof randomness extractors
    Entanglement theory
    Entanglement certification
    Entanglement as a resource for quantum cryptography

  • Picture of Prof. Nir Davidson

    Prof. Nir Davidson

    Ultracold atoms
    Collaboration with:  Ofer Firstenberg Ephi Sachmoon and Yaov Sagi
    Quantum simulators with neutral atoms in tweezer arrays
    Quantum degenerated atomic gases
    Collaboration with:  Roee Ozeri
    Quantum nonlinear dynamics and chaos
    Laser physics
    Collaboration with:  Asher Friesem, Hui Cao, Oren Raz
    Slow and stored light
    Collaboration with:  Ofer Firstenberg
    Atomic optics and interferometry
    Collaboration with:  Ofer Firstenberg

  • Picture of Prof. Eytan Domany

    Prof. Eytan Domany

    Computational Physics: equilibrium and non-equilibrium statistical mechanics of spin glasses
    Collaboration with:  A. P. Young (UCSC)
    Development of tools and algorithms for large scale data analysis. Bioinformatics.
    Analysis of high-throughput biological data (in particular, gene expression data)
    Collaboration with:  Several research groups at Weizmann, in the USA and in Europe; see below.
    Controlled experiments on cell lines and mice (with D. Givol, V. Rotter, Y. Groner, L. Sachs; D. Gazit (Hadassa))
    Development of antigen chips, applications for autoimmune diseases (with I. Cohen)
    Studies human cancer samples; leukemia (with E. Canaani; G. Rechavi S. Izraeli (Sheba))
    Colorectal cancer; (with D. Notterman (UMDNJ), F. Barany (Cornell), P. Paty (MSK), A. Levine (Princeton))
    Prostate cancer; (with Z. Eshhar, A. Orr (TA Sourasky));
    Glioblastoma; (with M. Hegi, R. Stupp (CHUV))
    Breast and cervical cancer (with J-P Thiery, F. Radvanyi, X. Sastre, C. Rosty (Inst Curie))

  • Picture of Prof. Efi Efrati

    Prof. Efi Efrati

    Geometrically frustrated assemblies
    Quantifying geometric frustration in physical assemblies
    Geometric frustration in liquid crystals
    Twisted molecular crystals
    Periodic and aperiodic frustrated tesselations of the plane
    Geometry of elastic and anelastic deformations
    Fractional statistics in mixed Hamiltonian systems with non-holonomic constraints

  • Picture of Prof. Gregory Falkovich

    Prof. Gregory Falkovich

    Wave turbulence
    Collaboration with:  Natalia Vladimirova, MIchal Shavit, Vladimir Lebedev
    Theory of fluid turbulence. Fundamental aspects and applications.
    Collaboration with:  Anna Frishman, Vladimir Lebedev, Natalia Vladmirova, Bjorn Hof.
    Information theory and non-equilibrium statistics
    Collaboration with:  Michal Shavit, Natalia Vladimirova
    Viscous Electronics
    Collaboration with:  Leonid Levitov, Andrey Shytov, Andre Geim.

  • Picture of Prof. Victor Malka

    Prof. Victor Malka

    Laser Plasma Accelerators
    Collaboration with:  HZDR in Germany, Ecole Polytechnique in France, and UM from US
    Compact plasma based accelerators of electrons and protons
    Compact plasma based X ray beams
    Gas dynamics for targetry
    Medical applications (radiotherapy, X ray phase contrast imaging)

  • Picture of Dr. Ziv Meir

    Dr. Ziv Meir

    Quantum control of molecules
    Quantum logic
    Molecular qubits
    Precision spectroscopy of molecules
    Beyond-standard-model tests
    Molecular clocks
    Quantum information with molecules

  • Picture of Prof. David Mukamel

    Prof. David Mukamel

    Systems with long-range interactions
    Collaboration with:  S. Ruffo A. Campa
    Collective phenomena in systems far from thermal equilibrium.
    Collaboration with:  S. Majumdar G. Schehr M. Barma A. Kundu
    Coarsening processes and slow dynamics.
    Systems with long range interactions

  • Picture of Dr. Alexander Poddubny

    Dr. Alexander Poddubny

    Theory of interaction between Rydberg polaritons
    Collaboration with:  Ofer Firstenberg
    Quantum optics with superconducting qubits
    Collaboration with:  Serge Rosenblum, Johannes Fink (IST Austria)
    Subradiant and superradiant states in waveguide quantum electrodynamics
    Collaboration with:  Arno Rauschenbeutel (Humboldt University, Berlin)
    Subradiant and superradiant states
    Quantum optomechanics
    Collaboration with:  Marcus Aspelmeier (University of Vienna)

  • Picture of Dr. Osip Schwartz

    Dr. Osip Schwartz

    Laser-enhanced electron microscopy
    Spatial and temporal shaping of electron wavefunction
    Transmission electron microscopy with laser-based electron optics
    Probing physical vacuum with strong laser fields
    Tabletop photon-photon scattering experiments
    Development of megawatt-class cavities with tightly focused mode

  • Picture of Prof. Joel Stavans

    Prof. Joel Stavans

    Statistical Mechanics
    Single-Molecule Biological Physics.
    RNA interference
    Homologous recombination
    Genetic Networks and Systems Biology
    Regulation of gene expression by small RNAs
    Developmental decision making
    Noise and adaptation

  • Picture of Prof. Victor Steinberg

    Prof. Victor Steinberg

    Physical hydrodynamics, hydrodynamics of complex fluids, dynamics of single flexible micro-objects (molecules, membranes, etc) in complex fluid flows
    Collaboration with:  Prof. G. Falkovich, Prof. V. Lebedev, Prof. Y. Dubief, Prof. H. Stark
    Hydrodynamics of polymer solutions, Elastic turbulence and Turbulent mixing by polymers.
    Hydrodynamics and rheology of complex fluids (vesicle, capsule, worm-like micelle, etc suspensions)
    Dynamics and conformation of single polymer molecule, vesicle, micro-capsule, etc in complex fluid flows.
    Microfluidics: mixing, cell separation, random flows.
    Development of non-invasive local sensors for measurements of stress field in fluid flow