Hagai grew up in a small town near Jerusalem, he studied for a bachelor’s degree in physics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 2012 he moved to Rehovot, where he joined the group of Nir Davidson and Roee Ozeri in the Weizmann Institute of Science for his Msc and PhD studies.
During his work the group built a new experiment with a quantum degenerate Bose-Fermi mixture of potassium and rubidium atoms. They first investigated an opto-mechanical strain that is exerted on atoms when they are used as a lens, and later focused on spectroscopic measurements of fermion mediated interactions in the mixture. They also used dynamic decoupling methods to measure inter-state interactions in a BEC and demonstrate spin squeezing of noise with a non-linear weak interaction. For his achievements Hagai was awarded the Dean’s Prize for PhD student from the Feinberg Graduate School.
During his time in Weizmann, Hagai wrote for Davidson-Online, Israel’s largest (and best!) media website for popular science.
After his PhD, Hagai joined Ofer Feirstenberg’s group as a postdoctoral fellow for a short period, where they used Rydberg excitations in a cold atomic medium to observe quantum non-linear effects. In September 2020, Hagai joined Prof. Francesca Ferlaino’s group at the IQOQI as a postdoc on the T-REQS experiment.
HE’s CV at Glance
|9/2020 – present||Post-doctoral fellow in the group of Prof. Ferlaino at the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information (IQOQI) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW), Innsbruck, Austria.|
|2015 – 2020||PhD Student at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, under the supervision of Prof.Nir Davidson and Prof. Roee Ozeri. Thesis titel: “Spin-spin fermion mediated interaction between ultracold bosons”.|
|2012 – 2014||Master study in physics at the Weizmann Institute of Science. Master Thesis “Bose-Einstein condensate in optically plugged magnetic trap” under the supervision of Prof. Nir Davidson.|
|2009 – 2012||Bachelor study in physics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.|
HE’s T-Reqs Publications
|||Spectroscopy of Rydberg States in Erbium using Electromagnetically Induced Transparency,|
Phys. Rev. Research, 3, 033165, 2021.
HE’s Other Publications
|||Observation of nonlinear spin dynamics and squeezing in a BEC using dynamic decoupling,|
New Journal of Physics, 23, 053005, 2021.
|||Observation of Spin-Spin Fermion-Mediated Interactions between Ultracold Bosons,|
Phys. Rev. Lett., 124, 163401, 2020.
|||Observation of Optomechanical Strain in a Cold Atomic Cloud,|
Phys. Rev. Lett., 119, 163201, 2017.
|||Large area position sensitive β-detector,|