Sharon Shwartz 2005-2006

Institution of PhD:
Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
Academic Discipline of PhD:
PhD Advisor/s:
Prof. Moti Segev
Dissertation Topic:
Nonlinear optics in Cd Zn Te:V
Year Awarded PhD:
Institution of Postdoc:
Stanford University
Present Institution:
Bar Ilan University
Present Academic Position:

Sharon Shwartz is a physicist and Senior Lecturer in the Physics Department at Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan. He is primarily interested in quantum optics, biphoton generation manipulation, the theory of nonlinear phenomena at x-ray energies as well as quantum optics in the x-ray regime.

Sharon received his PhD from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in 2008 under the supervision of Prof. Mordechai Segev. His thesis, “Nonlinear Optics in CZT:V”, researched new effects in a family of cubic nonlinear crystals. This led to the profound discovery that that under certain conditions of light illumination and applied electric fields; a class of material (cubic crystals with a low concentration of foreign atoms at energy level deep in the forbidden gap) becomes highly polar and greatly modifies its properties.

Prior to his PhD research, Sharon received a BSc from the Technion. He began his MSc studies in 2003, however, impressive results in his experimental research led to him being transferred to the direct PhD track.

The Technion awarded him the Applied Materials Fellowship as well as the Miriam and Aharon Gutwirth Fellowship for his exceptional achievements. In addition to these prestigious awards, Sharon is the recipient of The Technion Award for Excellence in Teaching in recognition of his work as a teaching assistant.

After receiving his PhD, he spent four years as a postdoctoral fellow in Stanford University, hosted by Prof. Stephen E. Harris. He has been widely published in journals such as Applied Physics Letters Physical Review Letters, Nature, Optics Letters, and Optics Express.