The nuclear photonics research group investigates how intense light can accelerate particles to high energies. They use these particles to study the areas of science at the meeting point between material science, plasma physics and nuclear physics.
Dr. Pomerantz has returned to Tel Aviv University, where he received his Ph.D. in experimental nuclear physics. He is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Particle Physics, which is in the School of Physics and Astronomy. Dr. Pomerantz was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas at Austin, working in the Texas Petawatt laser facility. While there, Dr. Pomerantz developed a unique method for laser generation of intense, ultra-short bursts of neutrons. Recognized for his brilliance and entrepreneurship, Dr. Pomerantz leads a high intensity laser facility that was built at the university with seed funds raised from the university and from competitive grant programs.
He hopes his research will lead to dramatically lowering the cost and size of neutron generators, eventually leading to more widespread use of intense laser systems for research and for social applications. To promote high intensity laser research in Israel, Dr. Pomerantz co-founded the Conference on High Intensity Lasers in Israel (CHILI.)