Eran Small 2011-2012

Institution of PhD:
Weizmann Institute of Science
Academic Discipline of PhD:
Physics of Complex Systems
PhD Advisor/s:
Prof. Yaron Silberberg
Dissertation Topic:
Statistical Properties of Light Propagating in Non-Linear Systems
Year Awarded PhD:

Eran Small is a physicist and Project Leader at The Samsung Electronics Medical Lab.

He received his PhD in 2013 from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot. His thesis, “Statistical Properties of Light Propagating in Non-Linear Systems”, was written under the supervision of Prof. Yaron Silberberg as part of the Ultrafast Optics Group in the Department of Physics of Complex Systems. Prof. Silberberg also supervised Eran for his MSc thesis, which was completed in 2009.

Eran’s research focused mainly on methods of controlling the different properties of scattered light and on the propagation of light inside waveguide arrays.  In his research, he successfully demonstrated that speckle fields formed by turbid media can be optimized in surprising ways just by controlling their spatial phase.  In addition, Eran studied theoretically and numerically phase transitions in 2D optical lattices. He showed that light in a nonlinear system can be used to study basic problems in statistical physics, that light can be assigned a temperature just like a collection of particles.

Eran has been published in a variety of academic journals, including Physical Review A, Nature Photonics, Optics Express and Physical Review Letters.

Prior to his studies at the Weizmann Institute, Eran studied at the Technion– Israel Institute of Technology, where he received a BSc in Electrical Engineering as well as a BSc in Physics, He graduated from the Technion summa cum laude and received the Freescale Prize for excellent academic achievement, as well at the Intel Award for outstanding second-year achievements. He also participated in The Rothschild–Weizmann Program for Excellence in Science Teaching, a prestigious Masters’ Degree program  for tutoring  physics teachers. He tutored during his years at the Technion as part of the student advancement unit.