Dr. Ishay Pomerantz

School of Physics and Astronomy
ביה"ס לפיזיקה ואסטרונומיה סגל אקדמי בכיר


Dr. Ishay Pomerantz works on experimental studies of high-intensity laser-matter interaction. His new laboratory hosts a 20 Terawatt laser system. The focused laser pulses instantly ionize matter and induce a large variety of high-energy particle emission.


Research projects include: investigation of highly non-linear emission of extreme UV light from irradiated plasma mirrors and from gas targets, and acceleration of electrons and ions to multi-MeV energies. These reaction products are employed for conducting high-resolution microscopy and for generating a high flux of neutrons, which is used for reaction cross section measurements and for radiography. Research achievements include: Setup of the new laboratory, installation and commissioning of a 20 Terawatt laser system. 


Future directions include: Leading experimental activities at the European Extreme Light Infrastructure consortium, which comes online in 2019.


  • Direct Ph.D program, experimental nuclear physics, Tel Aviv University, 2006-2011

  • B.Sc. major in Physics and Computer Science, Tel Aviv University, 2001-2005

Academic Appointments

  • Postdoctoral research associate, Center for High Energy Density Science, The University of Texas at Austin, 2012-2015

Awards and Prizes

  • The Amnon Pazy young scientist award, 2015

  • The Alix De Rothschild Scholarship in Science and Technology, 2010

  • The Judah Eisenberg Award for academic achievement, 2009

  • The Jacob and Riva Dam Fellowship  for Outstanding Doctoral Students in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics, 2009

  • Abraham and Deborah Cohen prize for excellence in research, 2007

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