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Ron Folman – CV
Born: 1963 – Tel Aviv.
De Shalit high school – graduated with excellence in sciences.
1983-1988 Under graduate, self taught (open university) – graduated with excellence
(labs and high level courses such as QM were taken at the Hebrew University).
1988 year off (teaching, writing, travel, hobbies).
1989-1992 Quark Gluon Plasma (High Energy Physics M.Sc. at Weizmann).
1992 year off (teaching, writing, travel, hobbies).
1993-98 Higgs searches at CERN – Ph.D. (home inst. still Weizmann).
1998 year off (teaching, writing, travel, hobbies).
1999 Post-Doc (Marie Curie fellow) Heidelberg, Germany.
2001 Researcher at the University of Heidelberg, Germany.
2003 Senior lecturer at Ben Gurion University, Israel
1994 Erice – winter school for QM.
2000 Les Houches – summer school for matter waves.
2000 Bad-Honnef – nano optics work shop.
Invited talks since 2000
1. FRISNO 6, Les Houches, France (Feb. 2000).
2. Quantum Optics XI (EPS), Mallorca, Spain (Oct. 2000).
3. Optical Society of America Annual Meeting, Long Beach, California (Oct. 2001).
4. ITP program on Nanoscience and Quantum computation, Santa Barbara, California (Oct.
5. Quantum Electronics XXXII, Salt Lake city, USA (Jan. 2002).
6. The 2002 James Franck Symposium, Jerusalem, Israel (Dec. 2002).
7. The Physics of Information, Heidelberg, Germany (Jan. 2003).
8. Atom Physics, Dresden, Germany (Dec. 2003).
9. Nano-Photonics (POWAG'04), Bath, UK (July 2004).
10. FRISNO 8, Dead Sea, Israel (Feb 2005).
11. CAMS, Conference on Atoms and Molecules near Surfaces, Heidelberg (April, 2005).
12. Workshop on complex systems, Berlin (August 2005).
13. Minerva workshop on Quantum Atom Optics, Eilat, Israel (Nov. 2005).
Oral presentations at Colloquiums and Seminars
1995 – ‘Bohmian mechanics’ (theory), colloquium at the University of Melbourne, Australia.
1996 – ‘Measuring the Tau lepton life time’, DPF96 – USA.
1995 – ‘Single particle interference’, Weizmann, Israel.
1996 – ‘Is a particle really a particle?’ (theory), CERN, Switzerland.
1999 – ‘Decoherence’ (theory), Innsbruck, Austria.
1999 – ‘Atom manipulation’, Matter wave conference, Sylt, Germany.
1999 – ‘Atom manipulation’, SFB meeting, Vienna, Austria.
1999-2000 – Seminars on atom manipulation: Innsbruck, Austria, Weizmann, Israel,
Technion, Israel, Amsterdam, Holland.
2000 – ‘Observing decoherence with a movable mirror’ (theory), Vienna, Austria.
2000 – ‘Observing decoherence through symmetry breaking’ (theory), “Quantum puzzles”
conference, Lake garda, Italy.
(see quant-ph/0012061 for proceeding. Printed in Zeitschrift für Naturforschung A).
2001 – ‘Atom Chips’, Rochester, NY, Columbia, NY, Weizmann, Israel, Hebrew University
of Jerusalem, Israel.
2001 – ‘Using parity and entanglement to erase which path information’ (theory),
2002 – ‘Atom Chips’, NYU, Toronto, Texas A&M, Max Plank- Graching, Weizmann/Ben
Gurion/Tel Aviv – Israel.
2003 – ‘Quantum information on atom chips’, Dortmund, Germany.
2004 – ‘atom chips’, Mamag, Kamag, Israel.
2005 – ‘atom chips’, University of South California, USA.
2005 – ‘fabrication of atom chips’, Workshop on BEC, Technion, Israel.
1. R. Folman and A. Shor, ‘Strangeness production in relativistic nuclear collisions’, Nuc.
Phys. A 568, 917 (1994).
2. R. Folman, ‘A search for hidden variables in the domain of high energy physics’, Found.
Phys. Lett. 7-2, 199 (1994). Served as the basis for paper 6.
3. R. Folman and Z. Vager, ‘Empty wave detecting experiments: A comment on auxiliary
“hidden” assumptions’, Found. Phys. Lett. 8-1, 55 (1995).
4. R. Folman and E. Recami, ‘On the phenomenology of Tachyon radiation’, Found. Phys.
Lett. 8-2, 127 (1995).
5. R. Folman and Z. Vager, ‘Quantum mechanics versus realism’, Found. Phys. Lett. 8-4, 345
6. The Opal coll., ‘Test of the exponential decay law at short decay times using tau leptons’,
Phys. Lett. B368, 244 (1996).
– based on R. Folman and D. Lellouch, Opal technical note 199, and paper 2.
7. The Opal coll.*, Z. f. Physik C73, 189 (1997).
8. The Opal coll.*, Phys. Lett. B393, 231 (1997).
9. The Opal coll.*, Euro. Phys. J. C1, 425 (1998).
10. The Opal coll.*, Euro. Phys. J. C1, 395 (1998).
11. The Opal coll.*, Euro. Phys. J. C5, 19 (1998).
12. The Opal coll.*, Euro. Phys. C7, 559 (1999).
13. R. Folman, P. Krueger, D. Cassettari, B. Hessmo, T. Maier, J. Schmiedmayer,
‘Controlling cold atoms using nanofabricated surfaces: Atom Chips’, Phys. Rev. Lett 84,
14. D. Cassettari, B. Hessmo, R. Folman, T. Maier, J. Schmiedmayer, ‘Beam splitter for
guided atoms’, Phys. Rev. Lett. 85, 5483 (2000).
15. D. Cassettari et al. (Group list**), ‘Micromanipulation of neutral atoms with
nanofabricated structures’, Appl. Phys. B70, 721 (2000).
16. K. Brugger et al. (Group list**), ‘Nanofabricated atom optics: atom chips’, Journal of
Mod. Optics 47, 2789 (2000).
17. M. Bartenstein et al. (Group list**), ‘Atoms and Wires: Towards Atom Chips’, Journal of
Quantum Electronics (IEEE) 36, 1364 (2000).
18. R. Folman, J. Schmiedmayer, H. Ritsch and D. Vitali, ‘On the observation of decoherence
with a movable mirror’, Eur. Phys. J. D 13, 93 (2001).
19. R. Folman, J. Schmiedmayer, H. Ritsch and D. Vitali, ‘Observing decoherence through
symmetry breaking’, Proceedings of the Lake garda ‘Quantum Puzzles’ conference, quant-
ph/0012061. Appeared in Zeitschrift für Naturforschung A (2001).
20. J. Schmiedmayer and R. Folman, ‘Miniaturizing Atom Optics: From Wires to Atom
Chips’, Proceedings of the Cargese conference. Comptes Rendus de l'Academie des Sciences
21. E. Andersson, T. Calarco, R. Folman, M. Andersson, B. Hessmo and J. Schmiedmayer, ‘A
Multi-Mode Interferometer for Matter-Waves’, Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 100401 (2002).
22. R. Folman, P. Krueger, J. Schmiedmayer, J. Denschlag and C. Henkel, Microscopic atom
optics’ (Review paper), Advances in Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, Vol. 48, 263
23. R. Folman and J. Schmiedmayer, ‘Mastering the Language of Atoms’, News and Views
article, Nature 413, 466 (2001).
24. J. Schmiedmayer, R. Folman and T. Calarco, ‘The neutral atom as a qubit for quantum
computation’, J. Mod. Opt. 49, 1375 (2002).
25. P. Horak, B.G. Klappauf, A. Haase, R. Folman, J. Schmiedmayer P. Domokos and E.A.
Hinds, ‘Towards integrated optical non-destructive single atom detectors’, Phys. Rev. A 67,
043806 (2003) (quant-ph/0210090).
26. C. Henkel, P. Krueger, R. Folman and J. Schmiedmayer, ‘Fundamental limits for coherent
manipulation on atom chips’, Applied Physics B76, 173 (2003). (quant-ph/0208165).
27. P. Krüger, A. Haase, R. Folman, J. Schmiedmayer, ‘QIP with neutral atoms’, T.Beth,
G.Leuchs (Eds.) Quantum Information Processing, Wiley (2002).
28. S. Schneider, A. Kasper, Ch. vom Hagen, M. Bartenstein, B. Engeser, T. Schumm, I. Bar-
Joseph, R. Folman, L. Feenstra, and J. Schmiedmayer, ‘Bose-Einstein Condensation in a
simple Microtrap’, Phys. Rev. A 67, 023612 (2003), (cond-mat/0210488).
29. S. Wildermuth, P. Krueger, C. Becker, M. Brajdic, S. Haupt, A. Kasper, R. Folman, J.
Schmiedmayer, ‘Optimized magneto-optical-trap for experiments with ultracold atoms near
surfaces’, Phys. Rev. A 69 030901(R) (2004), cond-mat/0311475.
30. P. Krueger, X. Luo, M. W. Klein, K. Brugger, A. Haase, S. Wildermuth, S. Groth, I. Bar-
Joseph, R. Folman, J. Schmiedmayer, ‘Trapping and manipulating neutral atoms with
electrostatic fields’, Phys. Rev. Lett. 91, 233201, quant-ph/0306111 (2003).
31. X. Lou, P. Krueger, K. Brugger, S. Wildermuth, H. Gimpel, M.W. Klein, S. Groth, R.
Folman, I. Bar-Joseph, J. Schmiedmayer, ‘An atom fiber for guiding cold neutral atoms’,
Optics Letters 29, 2145 (2004), quant-ph/0311174.
32. K. Brugger et al., ‘Two-wire guides and traps with vertical bias fields on atom chips’,
Phys. Rev. A72, 023607 (2005).
33. C. Henkel, M. Nest, P. Domokos, R. Folman, ‘Optical discrimination between spatial
decoherence and thermalization of a massive object’, Phys. Rev. A70, 023810 (2004), quant-
34. S. Groth et al., ‘Atom chips: fabrication and thermal properties’, Appl. Phys. Lett. 85,
2980 (2004), cond-mat/0404141.
35. M. Rosenblit et al., ‘Single-atom detection using whispering gallery modes of microdisk
resonators’, Phys. Rev. A70, 053808 (2004), quant-ph/0407229.
36. Michael Rosenblit, Peter Horak, Ron Folman, "Size effect in waveguide-coupled
whispering gallery mode disk resonators", Proceedings of SPIE, Optical Trapping and Optical
Micromanipulation, Volume 5514, 530 (2004); Editor(s): Kishan Dholakia, Gabriel C.
37. V. Dikovsky et al., ‘Reduction of Magnetic Noise in Atom Chips by Material
Optimization’, accepted for publication EPJD (special issue on atomchips) (2005), quant-
*The Opal collaboration includes some 100 names. These papers all describe CERN searches
for the Higgs boson particle in which I took part. **Group list (alphabetical order).
Principal Investigator in recent grants
DIP (Israel-German cooperation) 2004-2009.
Horovitz foundation 2004-2007.
Israeli center-of-excellence (Israel Science Foundation) 2004-2008.
EC (FP6) Marie Curie research training network 2004-2008.
BSF (Israel-American Bi-National Fund) 2005-2008.
2003: Award of Excellence by the Israeli Center for Complexity Science.
Some popular press reports of the atom chip work
Nature, Science update, 24 may, 2000. See:
Science News, Vol. 157, p. 399, 17 June 2000.
Physics World, Vol. 13, p. 25, August 2000.
Nature, Vol. 409, p. 25, 4 January 2001. (re-printed our atom beam splitter picture which was
published in PRL a week before).
AIP PHYSICS NEWS UPDATE, Number 516 December 14, 2000
Chosen by APS as one of the top physics stories of 2000.
Scientific American, Feb. 2005, Issue, review of atom chips.
1994-1995 de-phasing or the measurement problem. Joint work with Z. Vager and J. Bub
(University of Maryland, author of “Interpreting the Quantum World”, Cambridge, 1997).
1999-2002 Co-Coordinator of a European collaboration (7 countries) named ACQUIRE
aimed at manipulating atoms on nanofabricated surfaces.
2005 member of the EC COST TC Physics committee.
• High school teacher in Yerucham, Israel.
• Lecturer on the philosophy of creativity at the Betzalel Academy for the Arts, Jerusalem.
• Lecturer of numerous high school science education programs in high schools such as De-
Shalit in Rehovot and the Youth activity center at the Weizmann Institute. In the former, I
also lectured to teachers on methods in science teaching. Similar lectures also at other
forums such as the Israeli Museum association, and in writing e.g. a teachers guide for the
Perach project. Finally, a weekly science magazine on channel 2 T.V. in which I explain
physics phenomena in the setting of the Jerusalem science museum.
• Numerous physics general audience talks e.g. “Scales in the universe and the role of the
fundamental constants”, Weizmann physics dept. 1999.
• Numerous articles in Education related journals.
Chair of Amnesty International – Israel section.
Board member of the Center for Bedouin Studies and Development.