The condensed matter theory group at BGU conducts research in mesoscopic physics, disordered and strongly correlated systems. Of special interest are topics such as superconductivity, phase transitions, quasicrystals, liquid crystals, quantum dots, Kondo effect, persistent currents, quantum Hall effect, dephasing, dissipation and the relation to quantum chaos.
The group is also involved in multidisciplinary research, in the context of the newly established [Ilse-Katz Center for Meso and Nanoscale Science and Technologyhttp://www.bgu.ac.il/nanocenter/], involving scientists from the departments of Physics, Chemistry, Biotechnology and Chemical Engineering at Ben-Gurion University. The group has strong interactions with other groups in Israel and in the world.
There are weekly condensed matter seminar and a nanotechnology workshop.
The group participates in organizing conferences and workshops in Israel.
Yshai Avishai: Condensed matter physics. Mesoscopic systems. Transport properties in one and two dimensional systems. Disordered systems. Localization. Magnetoconductance. Quantum Hall effect. Aharonov Bohm effect in mesoscopic systems. Magneto-conductance of ordered systems and of two dimensional quasi-crystals. Quantum percolation persistent current.
Doron Cohen: Mesoscopic systems, Quantum chaos, Theory of driven mesoscopic systems, Quantum irreversibility, dissipation and dephasing.
Eytan Grosfeld: Topological superconductors, topological insulators,non-Abelian anyons, Majorana fermions, quantum Hall effect
Baruch Horovitz: Superconductivity, phase transitions of flux lattices, Josephson junctions, disordered systems and the quantum Hall effect.
Dganit Meidan: Topological phases of matter and interactions in low dimensional systems.
Yigal Meir: Mesoscopic systems, disordered systems, strongly correlated systems and the quantum Hall effect.
Moshe Schechter: Glasses, disordered systems, quantum magnetism
Shelomo I. Ben-Abraham: Ordered aperiodic structures such as quasicrystals and modulated crystals. Applications of the cluster approach to crystalline structures, both periodic and aperiodic, as well as the hierarchical organization of matter. Liquid crystals.
Long term associates:
Konstantin Kikoin: strongly correlated electron systems (heavy fermions, mixed valence, high-Tc); magnetic properties of metals and semiconductors, electron theory of doped semiconductors, quantum tunneling (semiconductor quantum wells and superlattices, quantum dots, metal-insulator-superconductor contacts).
Anatoly Golub: Quantum Hall effect. Hall effect in unconventional superconductors. High-Tc superconductors. Tunneling in superconducting junctions such as point contacts, quantum dots, junctions with an Anderson or Kondo type impurity. Kondo effect. Disordered junctions and Josephson effect.
Sergei Gredeskul: Quantum Hall effect, Incoherent mesoscopics, Vortices in superconductors, Electron spectrum and localization in disordered and incommensurate media, Wave propagation and transmission through random media, Nonlinearity and disorder.