LITP - Institute for Theoretical Physics

The Institute for Theoretical Physics was founded in 1995 to foster theoretical physics research at the Technion. In 2005 Jacques and Colette Lewiner made a generous gift to the Institute and the naming ceremony took place in June 2006.

The mission of LITP is to promote excellence by creating an exciting international atmosphere achieved through sponsoring distinguished lecture series, workshops, meetings, and advanced schools. All these activities take place at Technion and expose the faculty and students to world renowned scientists including Nobel and Wolf laureates. This helps to bridge our distance from the big scientific centers in Europe and North America. The LITP also helps young Technion faculty to host promising young coresearchers and postdoctoral fellows. The LITP hosts international workshops, visiting scientists, and postdoctoral fellows.

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TCPP - Technion Center for Particle Physics

The Technion Center for Particle Physics aims to promote research in the field of particle physics, emphasizing the synergy of theoretical particle physics, experimental particle physics, and astroparticle physics, during this exciting and promising period.

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ASRI - Asher Space Research Institute

The mission of the Norman and Helen Asher Space Research Institute (ASRI) is to advance knowledge and education in space technology and space science, by conducting research and development of space systems.

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RBNI - Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute

Supported by the Russell Berrie Foundation, the Government of Israel through TELEM, and Technion, RBNI was inaugurated in 2005 and aims at positioning the Technion and the State of Israel at the forefront of global Nanotechnology research and development.

RBNI continues the historic role of Technion in shaping Israel's technological agenda, including visionary investments in aerospace research and development, microelectronics, optoelectronics, and materials science.





Solid State Institute

The Solid State Institute is an interdisciplinary research center designated to house and serve scientists from various faculties who are interested in the study of solids and solid interfaces. Pure and applied research projects, some of which may ultimately be of use to industry, are being carried out at the Institute in many individual and/or collaborative research efforts. The physical proximity fosters cooperation between scientists from different disciplines and different faculties that otherwise would not take place.

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The Plasma and Pulsed Power Laboratory, Physics Department Technion was established in 1997. Since then a variety of research projects related to current carrying pulsed plasma were carried out by graduate students supervised by Prof. Yakov Krasik and his colleagues from Israel and new-immigrant scientists from FUSSR.

plasmaPlasma is considered to be the fourth state of matter (solid, liquid, gas, plasma and dark matter). In fact, plasma (electrons and ionized atoms) is present almost everywhere: inside planet cores, in stars, in the inter-stars space, in the upper layers of the atmosphere, etc. Without plasma one cannot image a modern world: plasma is a key component in the production of electronic boards for computers, in lightening diverting devices, in TV’s. Plasma is used for disinfection purposes in medicine and for the modification of material surfaces. However, the main interest in plasma is related to the production of electrical energy using thermonuclear fusion reactors. In fact, this seems to be the only method which can supply efficient and clean electrical energy in our increasingly demanding world.

 polarIn the Plasma and Pulsed Power laboratory we are carrying out research on various plasma sources which can be used for the generation of relativistic and high-current electron beams. These beams can efficiently transfer their energy to high-power microwave radiation and the latter can be used to transfer energy over long distances without the use of cables. Also, we are studying the interaction of such extremely high-power radiation (hundreds of Megawatts) with plasma resulting in intriguing non-linear effects not studied so far. Additional research is related to the generation of extreme states of matter and non-ideal plasma which is realized during underwater electrical explosion of wires and wire arrays. In these experiments pressures up to several tens of Mega Bars are realized similar to those expected in giant planets and stars. This research is extremely important to the verification of various conductivity models and Equation of States and is in the regime known as Warm Dense Plasma. All experimental research is supported by complicated magneto-hydrodynamic modeling as well as electrodynamic and Particle-in-Cell modeling of the processes occurring in plasmas.

The laboratory is well equipped with unique pulse power generators operating at peak power up to tens of GW and current amplitudes up to 1 Mega Amperes in a timescale from nanoseconds to microseconds. To diagnose the plasma, microwaves and charged particle beams, various time- and space-resolved optical, x-ray, microwave, laser and spectroscopic diagnostics are used.

The results of our research can be found in leading physics journals like PRL, APL, PoP, JAP, IEEE Trans. Plasma Science, etc. Our graduate students publish 8 papers on average annually. 16 PhD and 12 MSc students have graduated from our laboratory and work at present in hi-tech companies and National Institutes in Israel and abroad. Our graduates have been accepted as postdocs in leading world-recognized scientific laboratories such as the Imperial College and the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. Four of our students have received prestigious highly competitive international awards. One student has received an IPS award.


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Nonlinear optics (NLO) is the branch of optics that describes the behavior of light in nonlinear media, that is, media in which the dielectric polarization P responds nonlinearly to the electric field E of the light. The nonlinearity is typically observed only at very high light intensities (values of the electric field comparable to interatomic electric fields, typically 108 V/m) such as those provided by lasers. Above the Schwinger limit, the vacuum itself is expected to become nonlinear. In nonlinear optics, the superposition principle no longer holds.  WIKIPEDIA


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Mathematical physics refers to development of mathematical methods for application to problems in physics. The Journal of Mathematical Physics defines the field as "the application of mathematics to problems in physics and the development of mathematical methods suitable for such applications and for the formulation of physical theories". It is a branch of applied mathematics, but deals with physical problems.  WIKIPEDIA


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Our research addresses a wide variety of open questions in fundamental physics.


  • History of the universe
    History of the universe
  • Fluid dynamical equations of motion
    Fluid dynamical equations of motion
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    The Atlas detector

Theoretical particle physics

We study theoretical extensions of the standard model, motivated by various open problems. There is a close and active interaction between our group and experimental groups.
Research topics include:
- Model building
- LHC searches for physics beyond the standard model
- Dark matter
- Flavor

Experimental High Energy physic

The experimental group  is part of the ATLAS collaboration at CERN.
The activity of the group includes:
- Higgs physics, Dark Matter and  searches for other options of physics beyond the standard model.
- Designing, building and operating muon detectors for the ATLAS experiment
- Developing reconstruction and trigger software for the muon detectors of ATLAS

Formal field theory and string theory

We study formal aspects of quantum field theory and string theory.Our group is very diverse and covers almost all modern trends in the field.
Particular research topics include:
- The gauge gravity duality and its applications
- Field theories at strong coupling
- Supersymmetric field theories - Dualities


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