Prof. Amnon Aharony

Emeritus in School of Physics and Astronomy
ביה"ס לפיזיקה ואסטרונומיה אמריטוס
Prof. Amnon Aharony
Phone: 03-6408558
Fax: 03-6409164
Office: Shenkar Physics, 402


Prof. Amnon Aharony works on a range of topics in condensed matter theory, especially in mesoscopic physics and spintronics. Examples include spin filtering and spin splitting due to the spin-orbit interaction, combined with a variety of mechanisms which break time reversal symmetry, decoherence due e.g. to telegraph noise, Josephson junctions with spin-orbit active links, transport via molecular junctions (including full counting of the current distributions and noise), thermoelectricity (e.g. in three-terminal devices), multiferroics, and more. 


Research achievements include: Explained spin splitting in chiral molecules, proposed mechanisms to enhance the efficiency of mesoscopic thermoelectric devices, and more.


Future directions continue along all of the above lines.


  • B. Sc., Physics and Mathematics, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, 1964

  • M.Sc., Physics, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, 1965

  • Ph.D., Physics, Tel Aviv University, 1972

Academic Appointments

  • Teaching Assistant, Hebrew University, 1964

  • Senior Researcher, Israel Army and Ministry of Defense, 1965-1972

  • Teaching Instructor, Tel Aviv University, 1965-1972

  • Post-doctoral Associate, Cornell University (Ithaca, NY), 1972-1974

  • Research Associate, Harvard University (Cambridge, MA), 8-12/1974

  • Research Associate, University of California San Diego (La Jolla, CA), 1-5/1975

  • Research Associate, Bell Laboratories (Murray Hill, NJ), 6-11/1975

  • Associate Professor of Physics, Tel Aviv University, 1975-1979

  • Full professor of Physics, Tel Aviv University, 1979-2006

  • Professor Emeritus, Tel Aviv University, 2006-Present

  • Visiting Professor, Harvard University, 1979-1980

  • Visiting Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1980, 1986, 1988

  • Visiting Professor, Boston University, 1987

  • Adjunct Professor, University of Oslo, Norway, 1987-2012

  • Consultant, IBM Research (Zurich and Yorktown Heights, NY), 1976-1986

  • Consultant, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1989-2000

  • Visiting Professor of Physics, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, 2003-2006

  • Professor of Physics, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, 2006-2013

  • Professor emeritus, Ben Gurion University, 2013-Present

  • Visiting Professor, University of Tokyo, 2006

  • Visiting Scientist, NTT Japan, 2007, 2011

  • Visiting Professor, International Institute of Physics, UFRN, Natal, Brazil, 2011

Awards and Prizes

  • Fulbright Fellowship, US, 1972

  • Landau Prize, Israel, 1984

  • Fellow, American Physical Society, USA, 1985

  • Foreign Member, Norwegian Academy for Sciences and Letters, Oslo, Norway, 1988

  • Encumbent, Moyses Nussenzveig Chair in Statistical Physics, Tel Aviv University, 1990-2006

  • Member, European Academy of Arts, Sciences and Humanities, Paris, France, 1992

  • Harris Lecturer, MIT, USA, 1992

  • Weizmann Prize in Exact Sciences, Tel Aviv, Israel, 1993

  • Member, Norwegian Royal Academy for Sciences, Trondheim, Norway, 1993

  • Rothschild Prize in Physics, Israel, 2000

  • Foreign Honorary Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Cambridge, MA, USA, 2002

  • Humboldt-Meitner Prize, Germany, 2003

  • Randers Prize, Norway, 2003

  • Outstanding teacher award, Ben Gurion University, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011

  • Outstanding referee, APS journal, 2009

  • Honorary fellow, Institute of Physics, UK, 2011

  • Elected member, Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, 2012


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