The Hebrew University of Jerusalem has a unique ensemble of fine quantum information researchers. Amongst these are researchers with pioneering world renowned work in their respective fields, as is evident through winning highly competitive grants and prestige awards. Here, the members of the center are presented with a description of their current work and references to their quantum information associated publications.


Dorit Aharonov

Prof. Dorit Aharonov

The Selim and Rachel Benin School of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Quantum computational complexity, Quantum algorithms, Quantum cryptographic protocols
  • The transition from quantum to classical physics
  • The notion of entanglement, and how it can be better understood via the study of quantum complexity
  • Quantum Hamiltonian complexity and connections to condensed matter physics
  • Connections between quantum computation and various other complexity topics such as Markov chains, lattices, and more
Uri Banin

Prof. Uri Banin

The Institute of Chemistry and The Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

Nanoscience and Nanotechnology: Basic Science and Applications of Nanoparticles

  • Synthesis and characterization of novel semiconductor nanocrystals and nanostructures and their assemblies
  • Size dependent optical and electronic properties of nanocrystal
  • Single nanostructure microscopy and spectroscopy
  • Alternative energy solutions using nanoparticles
  • Lasers and optical devices based on colloidal semiconductor nanostructures
  • Biological, medical and sensing applications of nanocrystals
  • Non linear optical properties of semiconductor nanocrystals and nanorods
  • Electrical Transport studies on single nanorods and nanocrystal arrays
Nir Bar Gil

Prof. Nir Bar Gil

The Racah Institute of Physics
The Applied Physics Department
  • Quantum coherence of NV centers
  • Magnetic sensing and spectroscopy
  • Quantum memory and control
Rivka Bekenstein

Dr. Rivka Bekenstein

The Racah Institute of Physics


Quantum devices in the nanoscale for quantum information processing:

developing novel quantum materials that can process quantum information by scattering of light, such as quantum mirrors.

  • Quantum Nanophotonics
  • Nonlinear Optics
  • Quantum Optics
  • Quantum Information
  • Gravity Analogues


Michael Ben-Or

Prof. Michael Ben-Or

The Selim and Rachel Benin School of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Quantum computation
  • Distributed computation
  • Fault tolerance
  • Computational complexity and cryptography
Yaron Bromberg

Prof. Yaron Bromberg

The Racah Institute of Physics
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  • Quantum optics in complex media
  • Multiple scattering of entangled photons
  • Quantum imaging
  • imaging in scattering samples
  • Hanbury Brown-Twiss interferometry
Hagai Eisenberg

Prof. Hagai Eisenberg

The Racah Institute of Physics
  • Multi-photon entanglement generation
  • Projection of two biphoton qutrits onto a maximally entangled state
  • Quantum key distribution with biphotons
  • Photon enanglement with quasy-phase-matched crystals
  • Photon enanglement with low-symetry crystals
Omri Gat

Prof. Omri Gat

The Racah Institute of Physics
  • Nonequilibrium mode locking phase diagram
  • Noise-activated transitions and entropic barriers
  • Fluctuations, dispersive waves, and coherence
  • Continuum-pulse and pulse-pulse interactions
  • Entanglement generation in semiclassical wave packets
  • Wave packet interferometry and geometric phases
  • Scattering from classical singularities
  • Self-interacting wave packets
Snir Gazit

Dr. Snir Gazit

Racah Institute of Physics
  • correlated quantum systems
  • modern condensed matter physics
  • devising new numerical methodologies such as quantum Monte Carlo, tensor networks, and machine learning inspired techniques that push this boundary
John Howell

Prof. John Howell

The Racah Institute of Physics

Theoretical and experimental investigations of the foundations of Quantum Optics and Quantum Physics

  • Entanglement measures
  • Continuous variable entanglement
  • Discrete entanglement
  • Quantum communication/information
  • Weak field detection in coherent atomic media
Gil Kalai

Prof. Gil Kalai

The Einstein Institute of Mathematics
  • Combinatorics of convex sets, convex polytopes, and Helly-type theorems
  • Analysis of Boolean functions, influence, noise sensitivity, and threshold phenomena
  • Algebraic and topological combinatorics
  • Linear programming
  • Combinatorial problems in theoretical computer science
  • Quantum fault tolerance
Nadav Katz

Prof. Nadav Katz

The Racah Institute of Physics
Mission: Experimentally create, manipulate and enhance coherence of quantum systems at the mesoscopic and macroscopic level. We are measuring both superconducting Josephson circuits and atomic ensembles. In the superconducting circuits, with proper engineering of parameters and materials, macroscopic physical quantities such as magnetic flux (related to a superconducting phase difference) behave quantum mechanically. The result is a controllable quantum system with energy levels and coherence. We also implement macroscopic quantum coherence via slow and stored light in atomic ensembles. We use Rubidium vapor and optical frequency lasers to excite and probe the coherence.
Ronnie Kosloff

Prof. Ronnie Kosloff

The Institute of Chemistry
Quantum molecular dynamics constitutes the thrust of my research. The goal is to gain insight into realistic elementary chemical encounters. This requires the development and application of a quantum description to molecular processes. In particular the emphasis is on time-dependent approaches which can follow naturally the stream of events.
  • Coherent chemistry: light induced processes
  • Coherent control and laser cooling
  • Dynamical processes on surfaces
  • Quantum thermodynamics
  • Computational and teaching methods
Shlomi Kotler

Dr. Shlomi Kotler

The Applied Physics Department

Experimental research of quantum information processing platforms:

  • Non-classical states of macroscopic mechanical objects (Quantum MEMS).
  • Quantum-limited measurement of superconducting devices.
  • Hybrid quantum systems with charged particles: electrons and superconductors, mechanical systems with trapped ions.
  • Quantum sensing using quantum information processing techniques.
  • Quantum information theory: tomography, benchmarking and entanglement witnesses, macroscopicity of quantum mechanics.
Daniel Lehmann

Prof. Daniel Lehmann

The Selim and Rachel Benin School of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Mechanism Design, Combinatorial Auctions
  • Nonmonotonic Reasoning, Belief Revision
  • Neural Networks
Yossi Paltiel

Prof. Yossi Paltiel

The Applied Physics Department
  • Nano dots and nano crystals
  • Coupling control studies (optics, transport)
  • Transport noise and magnetotransport studies
  • Hybrid devices
  • Single photon detectors and emitters
  • Quantum classical computing
Adi Pick

Dr. Adi Pick

The Applied Physics Department
  • Understanding and control of noise in open quantum-optical systems
  • New physical phenomena at exceptional points
  • Noise-resilient protocols for quantum computation applications
  • Light-matter interaction (emission, absorption, and ionization)


Ronen Rapaport

Prof. Ronen Rapaport

The Racah Institute of Physics
  • Coupling of single and many quantum dots to nano-plasmonic and nano-photonic structures
  • Active quantum dots based hybrid devices
  • Single photon sources
  • Non-linear nano-photonics and nano-plasmonics
  • Physics of two-dimensional quantum degenerate exitonic fluids
Alex Retzker

Prof. Alex Retzker

The Racah Institute of Physics
  • Quantum sensing
  • Quantum Simulations
  • Quantum information
  • Cooling schemes
  • Trapped ions
  • Bose einstein Condensates
  • Nano-mechanical oscillators
  • NV centers in diamond
Zohar Ringel

Dr. Zohar Ringel

Racah Institute of Physics
  • condensed matter physics and computation
  • Limitations on simulating complex quantum systems
  • Statistical mechanics of deep learning algorithms
  • Combining deep learning and renormalization group to unravel the physics of complex phases of matter
Guy Ron

Prof. Guy Ron

The Racah Institute of Physics
  • Metrology for Standard Model testing using optical traps
  • Electronuclear (electron induced) or photonuclear (photon induced) reactions to study the strong nuclear force
  • Electromagnetically induced transparency in meta-stable Neon
Aner Shalev

Prof. Aner Shalev

The Einstein Institute of Mathematics
  • Group Theory: p-groups and pro-p groups, analytic pro-p groups
  • Group Theory: finite and profinite groups, permutation groups, finite simple groups
  • Lie algebras and their group-theoretic applications
  • Group rings
  • Probabilistic methods in group theory
Orly Shenker

Prof. Orly Shenker

The Sidney M. Edelstein Center for History and Philosophy of Science, Technology and Medicine
My main active research is in two fields: one is the foundations of physics, with special interest in statistical mechanics and in the explanation of the time directedness of processes, in the framework of both classical mechanics and quantum mechanics. Most of my publications are in this field, including the forthcoming book (with Meir Hemmo) The Road to Maxwell's Demon (Cambridge University Press), which offers a new conceptual foundation for statistical mechanics. he other - and closely related - field of active research is the meaning of the concept of probability, both in general and as it is used in classical and quantum physics. My publications are mostly on probaility in physics, and The Road to Maxwell's Demon offers a physically objective account of probability in physics.
Itay Shomroni

Dr. Itay Shomroni

The Racah Institute of Physics
  • Quantum measurements
  • Macroscopic quantum states
  • Quantum sensing
  • Nano- and micromechanical oscillators
  • Optomechanics
Hadar Steinberg

Prof. Hadar Steinberg

The Racah Institute of Physics
I perform experimental investigations of electronic transport in devices consisting of graphene and topological insulators. The devices are built using nano-fabrication techniques and are measured at very low temperatuers (300mK) and high magnetic fields.
Liron Stern

Dr. Liron Stern

The Applied Physics Department
Research interests: miniature quantum sensors (atomic-clocks, optical magnetometers, E-field sensors), time and frequency, miniature frequency-combs (micro-combs), and the interplay between photonics and atomic-physics. We study interactions among diverse ‘flavors’ of photons and atoms in order to (a) develop novel types of miniature quantum-sensors, and (b) understand light-matter interactions of light and atoms occurring at minuscule dimensions.
Raam Uzdin

Dr. Raam Uzdin

Institute of Chemistry

With the rise of quantum technologies and the ability to control single atoms, ions and molecules, thermodynamics faces new challenges:

  • What new thermodynamic effects can be observed in the quantum microscopic realm?
  • Can quantum heat machines drastically outperform classical heat machines?
  • Are there additional scale-dependent thermodynamic laws that become important only in small coherent systems?
  • What are the possibilities entailed in microscopic thermal control protocols?
  • How will the next generation of microscopic heat machines look like?
Erez Zohar

Dr. Erez Zohar

The Racah Institute of Physics
  • Quantum Simulation of quantum field theory and high energy physics
  • Tensor Network approaches to quantum field theory and many body physics
  • Hamiltonian Gauge Theories