The Peter Brojde Scholars

To commemorate the name of Peter Brojde in perpetuity, the Center appoints a Peter Brojde Scholar for a two-year term. The recipient of the award is chosen among the new faculty members who have been recruited to the Hebrew University within the prior two years, or who will be joining the University in the next academic year. This Award grants financial support to each Scholar for research activity.

(Former Peter Brojde Scholars)

The Peter Brojde Scholar 2014 - 2016

Dr. Nir Bar-Gill

Dr. Nir Bar-Gill Peter Brojde Scholar
Head of the Quantum Information, Simulation and Sensing lab
Department of Applied Physics
Racah Institute of Physics
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Jerusalem, 91904, Israel
Tel: (972) 2 658 4441
Email: bargill@phys.huji.ac.il

Nir Bar-Gill joined the Hebrew University in July 2013 as a joint appointment between the Department of Applied Physics and the Racah Institute of Physics. His research aims to create a new platform for both fundamental studies in quantum science and interdisciplinary applications. Specifically, he is researching the nitrogen-vacancy color center in diamond, which can serve as a building block for quantum information processing and for quantum sensing.
Bar-Gill completed his undergraduate studies in physics and computer science (summa cum laude) and master's degrees in physics at the Technion. He completed his doctorate at the Weizmann Institute of Science in 2010, studying utlracold atoms under the guidance of Prof. Nir Davidson and Prof. Gershon Kurizki. He received the Auto Schwartz fellowship for excellence in research and the Feinberg Dean's prize for Ph.D. students.
Bar-Gill then spent the next three years as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard, working in the group of Prof. Ronald Walsworth. He made contributions to the understanding of NV spin physics and to extending the NV coherence time to nearly one second. He received the Harvard post-doctoral award for career development and the Minerva ARCHES award.

 

Former Peter Brojde Scholars:

Dr. Gilad Marcus
2012-2014
Dr. Gilad Marcus
Dr. Yossi Paltiel
2010-2012
Dr. Yossi Paltiel
Prof. Uriel Levy
2008-2010
Dr. Uriel Levy
Dr. Dan Maron
2006-2008
dan marom


 

The Peter Brojde Scholar 2012- 2014

Dr. Gilad Marcus

Dr. Gilad Marcus Peter Brojde Scholar
Head of the ultrafast dynamics lab
Department of Applied Physics
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Jerusalem, 91904, Israel
Tel: (972) 2 658 6188
Fax: (972) 2 566 3878
Email: gilad.marcus@mail.huji.ac.il

Dr. Gilad Marcus joined the department of Applied Physics, School of Computer Science and Engineering at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel as a senior lecturer in the fall of 2011.  His research interests include ultrafast dynamics in atoms and molecules, High intensity and high photon energy attosecond pulses and, the development of few cycles lasers and optical parametric amplifiers (OPA). Gilad earned his B.Sc.(1995) and M.Sc(1998) degrees in Physics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He then co-founded and served as a VP for R&D at the start-up company X-technologies which developed a miniature x-ray tube for cardio-vascular therapeutic (later acquired by US major pharmaceutical company Guidant " ).
In 2006 Dr. Marcus completed his Ph.D. in Physics at the Hebrew University, where he studied, both in theory and in experiments, the possibility to excite and control the molecular rotations-vibrations by using chirped laser pulses. In his work Gilad identify an interesting transition of this excitation scheme from the quantum regime (term "Ladder-climbing") to the classical regime (term "Autoresonance"). This interesting transition was recently demonstrated in other systems. Gilad won various prizes and fellowships, including the Golda Meir Fellowship, the Alexander von Humboldt research Fellowship for postdoctoral studies, the Ofer-Cohen Fellowship for Ph.D. students and the Wolf Fellowship.
In 2005, he joined the Electro-optics group at Soreq NRC and in 2007 he started a post doctoral at the Max-Planck Institute for Quantum optics with the group of Prof. Ferenc Krausz. During his post doctoral period he specialized in high energy, few cycles chirped pulse optical parametric amplifiers (OPCPA) both in the infrared/near infrared and the generation of intense/high photon energy high-harmonics.

 

The Peter Brojde Scholar 2010- 2012

Dr. Yossi Paltiel

Dr. Yossi Paltiel Head of the Nano quantum electronics lab
Department of Applied Physics
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Jerusalem, 91904, Israel
Tel: (972) 2 658 4404
Fax: (972) 2 566 3878
Email: paltiel@cc.huji.ac.il

Dr. Paltiel earned his physics and mathematics B.Sc. degree cum laude at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI), and his M.Sc. degree in the physics department in the Weizmann Institute of Science (WIS), where he studied minibands structures in lateral superlattices. 
Dr. Paltiel completed his Ph.D. in Physics at the WIS, where he studied vortex dynamics in type II superconductors in the lab of Prof. Eli Zeldov. His work demonstrated a new family of phenomena including history-dependent dynamic responses and directional memory. He published 28 papers, and was awarded the Feinberg Graduate School Fellowship and the Arc-En Ciel 2001-2003: Arc-En-Ciel Keshet (Memory effects in vortex matter), a French-Israeli cooperation research award.
He then joined a start-up company developing quantum well waveguides for phase array structures.
In 2004, he joined the Solid State Physics group at Soreq NRC in a tenure track researcher position and received tenure in 2006. In the 5 years he was at Soreq NRC he published 17 papers and was invited to give frequent talks.
In 2008, during a 1-year sabbatical, he was one of the core founders of a new start up company, and served as the head of the electro optical team.
Dr. Paltiel joined the Applied Physics Department in July 2009. His studies focus on the interplay between the environment and the nano system, and on creating a controlled setting for room-temperature quantum devices. His quantum nano-engineering lab studies hybrid classical and quantum methodology with the aim to create a new type of quantum devices for day-to-day use by producing a generic technology for constructing nano-systems in which many devices are interconnected, operate in unison, and are coupled to their macroscopic environment without inhibiting their quantum nature. Using this methodology, he and his team have set their sights on supplying a realistic technological chassis for quantum computing.

 

The Peter Brojde Scholar 2008- 2010

Prof. Uriel Levy

Dr. Uriel Levy Head of the nanophotonic and optofluidic lab
Department of Applied Physics
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Jerusalem, 91904, Israel
Tel: (972) 2 658 4256
Fax: (972) 2 566 3878
Email: ulevy@cc.huji.ac.il

Prof. Uriel Levy joined the department of Applied Physics, School of Computer Science and Engineering at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel as a senior lecturer in the fall of 2006. His research interests include nanophotonics and optofluidics with focus on the realization of novel nanophotonic components and devices for variety of applications. These include optical communication, nano-imaging, sensing, optical memories and optical signal processing. He received his B.Sc. in Physics and Materials Engineering (Cum Laude) from the Technion (1996), and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering (with distinction) from Tel Aviv University(2002).

From 2003-2006 he was a post graduate researcher at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of California, San Diego, under the supervision of Prof. Yeshaiahu (Shaya) Fainman. He won various prizes and fellowships, including the Golda Meir Fellowship, the Rothschild Fellowship for postdoctoral studies, the Eshkol Fellowship for Ph.D. students and the Wolf Fellowship.

During the post doctoral research period, Dr. Levy pioneered the field of inhomogeneous dielectric metamaterials for free space on chip applications. This invention allows the realization of novel functionalities and refractive indices on integrated chips.
Prof. Levy was also a member of the DARPA Center for Optofluidic Integration, where he developed novel optofluidic devices.
He is an active member of the optical community, being a reviewer for several prestigious optical journals and vice chair of the OSA Diffraction and Holography technical group. He also serves as a committee member for several conferences, including the OSA Annual Meeting and the SPIE Photonics West.

Speeches from the ceremony

Introduction by Prof. Agranat

Dr. Levy's acceptance speech

 

The Peter Brojde Scholar 2006- 2008

Dr. Dan Marom

dan marom

Peter Brojde Scholar
Head of Photonic Devices Laboratory
Department of Applied Physics
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Jerusalem, 91904, Israel
Tel: (972) 2 658 4851
Fax: (972) 2 566 4844
email: danmarom@cc.huji.ac.il


Dr. Dan Marom joined the faculty of the Applied Physics Department in the fall of 2005, where he is pursuing his research interests in creating photonic devices for switching and manipulating optical signals. Dan earned the B.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1989, and the M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering in 1995, both from Tel-Aviv University's School of Engineering.
In his Master's studies under the guidance of Prof. David Mendlovic, Dan worked on rudimentary 2X2 optical switches and their integration into large switch fabrics (he continued these studies as a side project later on during his Ph.D. studies at UCSD). These optical switches are based on polarization-state rotation with an active birefringent element, such as liquid-crystal modulators.
He was awarded the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering by the University of California, San Diego in 2000. In his doctoral research, under the guidance of Prof. Yeshaiahu (Shaya) Fainman , Dan explored nonlinear wave mixing for optical signal processing of ultrafast waveforms. The work has led to the realization of time-to-space and space-to-time converters that may serve as a basis for multiplexing and demultiplexing data at rates beyond Terabit/sec (1012 bit/sec).
From 2000 until 2005, Dan was employed as a member of the technical staff at Bell Laboratories, then part of Lucent Technologies.
Dr. Marom pioneered the work on Wavelength-Selective Switches (WSS), a critical element for the realization of reconfigurable optical networks. The WSS independently routes the wavelength-division multiplexed (WDM) channels between optical fibers, performing the functions of demultiplexing, switching, and re-multiplexing within a low-loss package. The switching is performed by an array of tilting micromirrors, fabricated using MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical-System) technology.

Honors and Distinctions

Dr. Marom receiving the Peter Brojde Excellence in Engineering Award
Dr. Marom receiving the Peter Brojde Excellence in Engineering Award
from Hebrew University President Prof. Menachem Megidor.


Dr. Marom was the first recipient of the Peter Brojde Excellence in Engineering Award (2006), received the Golda Meir Fellowship (2006), was a Fannie and John Hertz Foundation Fellow during his doctoral studies (1996-2000), and received a Powell Foundation Fellowship (1995). Dan was awarded for Best Student Paper for his 1999 LEOS Annual Meeting paper, entitled "Instantaneous time reversal of complex amplitude ultrafast waveforms."

Dr. Marom is active in the scientific community, serving or having served on program committees of leading conferences such as the Optical Fiber Communications  (OFC) Conference, the Annual Meeting of the IEEE Laser and Electro-Optics Society (LEOS), the Conference of Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO) and the IEEE Optical MEMS and their Applications, as well as serving as a reviewer for various optical journals published by OSA and LEOS.