Dr. Yoav Sagi
I got my B.Sc. in physics and mathematics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 1999, as part of the prestigious Talpiot excellence program. I got the Physics M.Sc. from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, in the field of quantum optics and quantum information. For my PhD, I moved into the field of ultracold atoms, joining Prof. Nir Davidson at the Weizmann Institute of Science. I designed and built a new ultracold Rb gas apparatus, in which I carried out several experiments that were focused on understanding how the coherence of an ultracold atomic ensemble is modified by elastic collisions, and how to control it using external fields (dynamical decoupling). I also studied the anomalous diffusive dynamics of cold atoms in a dissipative optical lattice. For my postdoctoral studies, I joined Prof. Deborah Jin from JILA (Boulder, CO), who was the first to realize a quantum degenerate gas of fermions experimentally, and has been leading the field ever since. My postdoctoral research was focused on extracting quantities of a homogeneous Fermi gas, in a system which is intrinsically inhomogeneous because of the confining potential. I won several prizes and fellowships, including the John F. Kennedy Award (highest prize conferred by the Feinberg Graduate School at the Weizmann Institute of Science), the Rothschild postdoctoral fellowship, and the Fulbright fellowship (which I declined). My PhD work was published as a book in the Springer Theses series (“recognizing outstanding Ph.D. research“).