About the Institute of Superconductivity at Bar-Ilan University

Institute of Superconductivity and National Laboratory for Magnetic Measurements

In recognition of the potential benefits to be obtained from research in the field of high-temperature superconductivity and in view of the central role played by its researchers in this developing field, Bar-Ilan University established an "Institute of Superconductivity". In this Institute, experimental and theoretical efforts are coordinated within one organizational framework, thus enabling the various groups in the Department of Physics to conduct long-term, methodical studies aimed towards a breakthrough in this field.
 

The Institute comprises a number of collaborating groups led by Prof. Yosef Yeshurun, Dr. Yehuda Schlesinger, Dr. Leonid Burlachkov and Prof. Boris Shapiro. Prof. Yosef Yeshurun, Head of the Institute, is also Director of the National Laboratory for Magnetic Measurements at Bar-Ilan University. Most of the activity at this center is dedicated to experimental studies of magnetic properties of high-temperature superconductors, in particular to flux properties (global and local flux creep, persistent currents, effect of heavy ion irradiation etc.). Application-oriented studies in the laboratory, focus on high-current applications and energy storage. Dr. Yehuda Schlesinger is conducting magneto-resistance measurements. Dr. Leonid Burlachkov and Prof. Boris Shapiro lead the theoretical groups, dealing with flux properties, Josephson Junctions and mechanisms of superconductivity.

 

The Bar-Ilan Center of Superconductivity has received an impressive number of national and international distinctions and research grants from the Israel Science Foundation (ISF), the United-States/Israel Bi-National Science Foundation (BSF), the German-Israel Foundation (GIF), German-Israeli Project Cooperation (DIP), Ministry of National Infrastructures, Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Industry and Commerce and other governmental bodies and Foundations.

Below is a selected list of past and present research grants.

 

In 1992 Bar-Ilan's Center of Superconductivity was recognized as a National Laboratory for Magnetic Measurements by the Israel Academy for Science and Humanities and by Israel's Ministry of Science and Arts. This Laboratory is today part of the Institute of Superconductivity.
 

  • Minerva Center for Superconductivity (1993 - 2008) - by the Minerva Assocaition, Germany - with G. Deutscher, Tel-Aviv University, and G. Koren, the Technion.
  •  Center of Excellence for Superconductivity (1995 - 1999) - by the Israeli Academy for Science and Humanities - with G. Deutscher, Tel-Aviv University, and G. Koren, the  Technion.
  • Center of Excellence for Local Magnetic Measurements (1999 - 2007) - by the Israeli Academy for Science and Humanities (ISF) - with E. Zeldov, the Weizmann Institute.
  • Center of Excellence for Local Magnetic Measurements (1999 - 2007) - by the Israeli Academy for Science and Humanities (ISF) - with E. Zeldov, the Weizmann Institute.
  • German-Israeli Project Cooperation (DIP) on “Nanostructured hybrids of superconductors and ferromagnets” (2010 – 2014) - by the German Ministry for Education and Science (BMBF) – with G. Koern, the Technion, O. Millo, the Hebrew University, and P. Leiderer, E. Scheer and J. Demsar, the University of Konstanz.
  • Science and Humanities (ISF) (2012) - Quantum effects in high-Tc superconducting nano loops 

 

Laboratory for Magnetic Measurements

The Laboratory for Magnetic Measurements at Bar-Ilan University, headed by Prof. Yosef Yeshurun, is today part of the Institute of Superconductivity. Most of the activity at this laboratory is dedicated to experimental studies of magnetic properties of high-temperature superconductors, in particular to flux properties (global and local flux creep, persistent currents, effect of heavy ion irradiation etc.). Application-oriented studies in the laboratory focus on high-current applications such as superconducting magnetic energy storage (SMES) andFault Current Limiter (FCL). The lab is also engaged in developing mini-size Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (m-TMS) and in characterizing magnetic nanoparticles.