The experimental Solid State Physics research laboratory in Tel Aviv University (TAU) was set up in 1966, only three years after the Physics Department was founded by Prof. Yuval Ne'eman. Although a High Energy Physics theorist himself, Ne'eman played a crucial role in the initial setting up of the Solid State Physics group, which evolved into today's Condensed Matter Physics Department in the School of Physics and Astronomy. He gathered, early on, some of the world's leading researchers in superconductivity, critical phenomena, low-temperature physics, high-pressure physics, percolation, and composite media. He had the foresight to attract to TAU Prof. Yakir Aharonov, one of the discoverers of the Aharonov-Bohm effect, even before the full significance of that discovery was appreciated.
Following these acquisitions, a number of experimental research teams
were formed, including a world famous laboratory of superconductivity,
a high-pressure physics group, an infra-red laser physics lab, and
mesoscopic physics labs. Theoretical research groups on critical
phenomena in phase transitions, superconductivity, superfluid helium,
composite media, and soft matter physics were also set up. It is
worth adding that some years before the breakup of the Soviet Union,
leading scientists, some of them prominent Refuseniks, emigrated from
that country, joined the Condensed Matter Physics Department, and
helped to make it a leading center of research and advanced education.
Today, that department conducts aggressive research programs in the most modern fields of Condensed Matter Physics, experimental as well as theoretical. Our former graduate students, can be found occupying positions at top universities and industries in Israel and all over the world.Comments about this page should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org