Prof. Yoav Lahini

School of Physics and Astronomy
ביה"ס לפיזיקה ואסטרונומיה סגל אקדמי בכיר
Prof. Yoav Lahini
Phone: 03-6408428
Office: Shenkar Physics, 414


Dr. Yoav Lahini is setting up a new Complex Systems Lab. The aim of the lab is to promote the understanding of the physics of soft and disordered matter in far-from-equilibrium conditions, using advanced measurement techniques and computational tools.


Research achievements include: observation and characterization of  long-lasting memory effects in mesoscopic systems, development of an ultra-fast label free technique for tracking single viruses, observation of topological states in disordered and quasi-periodic systems, observation of localization and its modification by nonlinearity in disordered systems, studying the effect of interactions in multi-particle quantum walks and their use in quantum information processing.


Future directions include: seeking universal principles governing the dynamics of disordered matter in far from equilibrium conditions, studying the mechanics of frustrated and topological metamaterials, exploring macroscopic self-assembly and studying biophysics at the nanoscale using smart illumination and advanced imaging, microscopy and nanoscopy techniques.


  • B.Sc in physics, the Hebrew University, 2001

  • M.Sc in Physics, the Weizmann Institute of Science, 2005

  • P.hD in Physics of complex systems, the Weizmann Institute of Science, 2011

Academic Appointments

  • Pappalardo post-doctoral fellow, department of physics, MIT, 2012-2015

  • Research Associate, Harvard university, 2015-2017

  • Senior Lecturer, School of Physics and astronomy, Tel Aviv University, 2017-Present

Awards and Prizes

  • The Adams Fellowship for graduate Student by the Israeli National Science Academy, 2007-2011

  • The John F. Kennedy Prize for outstanding Doctoral thesis, the Weizmann Institute of science, 2011

  • The Pappalardo Postdoctoral Fellowship, MIT, 2012-2015

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