Noam Soker

Charles Wolfson Academic Chair, Department of Physics, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology

Full CV January 2017

Date and place of birth: September 2nd, 1958. Israel

Citizenship: Israel

Status: Married + 3

Academic degrees:

  • 1975-1977, Department of Mathematics and Physics, Oranim, University of Haifa – Beginning of Bachelor Degree in Physics
  • 1980-1982, Department of Physics, Technion – Finishing Bachelor in Physics, Awarded: 4th May 1983 – Summa Cum Laude
  • 1982-1986, Department of Physics, Technion – Doctoral studies, Awarded: 20th April 1986

Academic positions:

  • 2016-               Dean of Science, Guangdong Technion Israel Institute of Technology (GTIIT)
  • 2009 – 2015  Dean, Faculty of physics, Technion
  • 2003 –             Department of Physics, Technion (Full Professor)
  • 1998 – 2003, Oranim – University of Haifa, Science Education Department (Full Professor)
  • 1994 – 1998,  Chair, Mathematics-Physics program, Oranim – University of Haifa
  • 1994 – 1998,  Oranim – University of Haifa, Science Education Department (Associated Professor)
  • 1992 – 1994 , Oranim – University of Haifa, Science Education Department (Senior Lecturer)
  • 1989 – 1992,  Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Harvard University (Postdoc)
  • 1986 – 1989,  Department of Astronomy, University of Virginia, Charlottesville (Postdoc)

Research interest (see also Publications):

  • Hot gas in galaxy clusters: Heating the intra-cluster medium with jets launched from super-massive black holes, and feeding the black hole with cold gas. Specific contributions: the cold feedback mechanism (with Fabio Pizzolato); inflation of `fat bubbles’ (with Assaf Sternberg; Avishai Gilkis; Michael Refaelovich; Shlomi Hillel); Magnetic fields in clusters (with Craig Sarazin).
  • The death of massive stars: Core collapse supernovae: Specific contributions: the jittering-jet model for explosion (with Oded Papish; Avishai Gilkis).
  • Type Ia supernovae. Specific contributions: The core-degenerate model (with Amit Kashi; Marjan Ilkov; Danny Tsebrenko; Naveh Levanon).
  • The death of solar-like stars: Planetary nebulae, and the destruction of planets. Specific contributions: shaping planetary nebulae by stellar companions and the influence of planets on stellar evolution; X-ray emission from planetary nebulae (with Joel Kastner; Ehud Behar; Muhammad Akashi); Explaining some evolved stars with planets around them (with Ealeal Bear).
  • Intermediate – Luminosity Optical Transients (ILOTs): Eruptive stars in the gas between Novae and Supernovae  (with Amit Kashi; Efrat Sabach; Liron Mcley). Specific contributions: Modeling ILOT eruptions by violent mass transfer from an unstable star to a main sequence companion. Modeling the outburst of V838 Monocerotis as merger of two main-sequence stars (with Romuald Tylenda). The process is termed high-accretion powered ILOTs (the HAPI model)
  • Eta Carinae: The formation of the nebula around one of the most massive binary systems in the galaxy, and the strange behavior of the binary system. Specific contributions: The role of mass transfer in the present behavior of the system and during the Great Eruption of 1837-1856 (with Amit Kashi).
  • The common envelope: The evolution of one star inside the envelope of another star. Specific contributions: Planets inside the envelope (with Mario Livio). Companion-core merger.
  • ThGrazing Envelope Evolution (GEE): A spiral-in process by which a stellar companion graze the envelope of a giant star while both the orbital separation and the giant radius shrink simultaneously, and a close binary system is formed. The binary system might be viewed as evolving in a constant state of `just entering a common envelope phase’. This is an evolutionary channel parallel to the common envelope one. I suggested the GEE in 2014.