The Zuckerman Faculty Scholars program, funds leading researchers and supports the purchase and construction of laboratories and specialized equipment. The program thus provides vital resources to Israeli universities, allowing them to compete with top North American institutions for the most promising candidates.

The program facilitates the return of top Israeli scholars to Israeli institutions, cultivates world class scientific talent, and in turn, attracts outstanding postdoctoral researchers from top Western universities, creating a cycle of excellence.

Since the program opened in 2016, 16 Zuckerman labs have been established in Israel.

Interested in applying for the faculty scholars program?

Eligibility
Dr.
Principal Investigator
Dr. Ishay Pomerantz

Zuckerman Faculty Scholar
at Tel Aviv University

Dr.

NePTUN

NUCLEAR PHOTONICS RESEARCH GROUP
Lab Established 2017

Lab research areas

The nuclear photonics research group investigates how intense light can accelerate particles to high energies. They use these particles to study the areas of science at the meeting point between material science, plasma physics and nuclear physics.

Scholar Profile

Dr. Pomerantz has returned to Tel Aviv University, where he received his Ph.D. in experimental nuclear physics. He is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Particle Physics, which is in the School of Physics and Astronomy. Dr. Pomerantz was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas at Austin, working in the Texas Petawatt laser facility. While there, Dr. Pomerantz developed a unique method for laser generation of intense, ultra-short bursts of neutrons. Recognized for his brilliance and entrepreneurship, Dr. Pomerantz leads a high intensity laser facility that was built at the university with seed funds raised from the university and from competitive grant programs.

He hopes his research will lead to dramatically lowering the cost and size of neutron generators, eventually leading to more widespread use of intense laser systems for research and for social applications. To promote high intensity laser research in Israel, Dr. Pomerantz co-founded the Conference on High Intensity Lasers in Israel (CHILI.)

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