Prof. Shimshon Bar-Ad

School of Physics and Astronomy
ביה"ס לפיזיקה ואסטרונומיה סגל אקדמי בכיר
Prof. Shimshon Bar-Ad
Phone: 03-6406178
Another phone: 03-6406530
Fax: 03-6429306
Office: Shenkar Physics, 416


Prof. Shimshon Bar-Ad Conducts experimental research in several sub-fields of modern optics, including nonlinear optics, quantum optics, and ultrafast laser spectroscopy. At present, the research in nonlinear optics focuses on the fluid-like propagation of light in self-defocusing nonlinear Kerr media, and the possibility of using this hydrodynamic analogy to create an all-optical analogue event horizon and demonstrate analogue Hawking radiation. The research in quantum optics involves weak measurements that demonstrate "which path" paradoxes in nested interferometers. The optically induced insulator-metal phase transition in vanadium dioxide was also recently studied.


  • BSc, Physics and Math, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1983

  • MSc, Physics, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, 1989

  • PhD, Physics, Weizmann Institute of Science, 1994

Academic Appointments

  • Physicist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA, 1995-1997

  • Senior Lecturer in Physics, Tel Aviv University, 1997-2007

  • Associate Professor in Physics, Tel Aviv University, 2007-Today

  • Guest Faculty (on sabbatical), University of California San Diego, 2009-2010

Awards and Prizes

  • Eshkol scholarship, 1992-1993

  • PhD prize of the Wolf Foundation, 1993

  • Rothschild post-doctoral fellowship, 1993-1994

  • Alon Fellowship, 1997-2000

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