The Physics Department conducts active experimental and theoretical research programs in many cutting edge areas
of current interest. These include projects in Elementary Particles and Fields, Astrophysics and Gravitation,
Condensed Matter and Mesoscopic Physics, Physics of nanostructures and Surface Physics, Nonlinear Physics,
Quantum Chaos, Nonlinear Optics and Lasers, Quantum Optics, Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy, Radiation
Physics, Biophysics and Medical Physics.
There are currently over thirty senior staff members aided by ten post-doctoral fellows, several visiting scientists and,
as well, over twenty research fellows. Many of the latter also conduct independent research and have been awarded
research grants from highly competitive agencies. An additional three staff members are jointly affiliated with the
Department of Energy and Environmental Physics situated in the Jacob Blaustein Institute for Desert Research at the
Sde Boker campus.
Our Physics Department is responsible for the teaching of Physics to all the units of the University and full programs
of study are offered leading to the B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. Degrees in Physics. Many of the Physics staff carry out
collaborative research in both experimental and theoretical areas in leading research centers in Europe and the U.S.A.
The undergraduate program is highly diversified, offering joint ``study tracks`` combining Physics with other disciplines
such as Computer Science, Electro-Optics, Materials Engineering and Electrical Engineering.
Over the past five years, the Department has been actively engaged in the hiring of new, highly talented, young
researchers who have developed, for example: an ultra-modern High resolution Scanning Microscopy Laboratory with
proven atomic resolution and various other facilities required for sample preparation and surface analysis; a laboratory
for the study of single molecule DNA Physics. In addition, a laboratory for the study of semiconductor nanostructures
is in the process of construction. Other researchers have successfully made the transition to newer more applied
areas of research, for example from intermediate energy Meson Physics to cancer detection via light
scattering/fluorescence techniques collaboration with medical scientists from the adjacent Soroka Health Center.
Physics Department members annually publish approximately 150 papers in prestigious international journals and
many are routinely invited to leading international conferences to deliver plenary and invited lectures.