Head of Institute

Prof. Yosef Yeshurun

Reception hours: 
Research subject: 
Condensed matter physics; Magnetism; Superconductivity


Prof. Yosef Yeshurun, Director of the Superconductivity Institute and Head of the Center for Magnetic Measurements, completed his university education in Israel, continued with advanced post-doctoral research at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and returned to Bar-Ilan University as a tenured member at the Department of Physics. In this Department he set up a unique laboratory for magnetic measurements, undertaking a range of experimental solid-state research studies in a number of fields, such as one-dimensional organic conductors, spin glasses, amorphous metals and superconductors.


Prof. Yeshurun supervised more than 40 research students and published ~300 articles in peered reviewed journals. He has had close scientific ties with universities and research institutes in Israel and throughout the U.S.A., France, Germany, Denmark, and Japan. He spent sabbatical years at IBM research laboratories at Yorktown Heights, Imperial College, London, New York University (NYU) and City College of New York (CCNY). He also was a visiting professor for shorter period of times at research institutes in Denmark, France, UK and USA, where he was also appointed Fellow of the American Physical Society. Recently, he was also appointed Fellow of the Israel Physical Society.  His research activities in Israel and abroad are sponsored by national and international research foundations.


Prof. Yeshurun has served in many capacities at Bar-Ilan University, including Head of the Department of Physics, Dean of Students, Vice-Rector and Rector of the University. He also served as a Rector of Orot-Israel College in Elkana and was an active member of Israeli national bodies such as  the National Research and Development Council, the National Steering Committee for Superconductivity and the National Steering Committees for the Absorption of Immigrant Scientists. He also was the Chairman of the International Advisory Board (IAB) for Academic Freedom which he established at Bar-Ilan University on April 2005.





Fault current limiters (FCL) with the Cores Saturated by superconducting coils
European Patent Application No. 05779420.8

Superconducting hybrid device: electromagnetic energy storage, current limiting and magnetic separation
Y. Wolfus, A. Friedman, Y. Yeshurun and E. Perel
Provisional patent application submitted, 2012

Improved Fault Current Limiter with Saturated Core
Y. Wolfus, A. Friedman, Y. Yeshurun, V. Rozenshtein and Z.Bar-Haim
WO PCT application submitted, 2010
AU2010288086 (A1)

Fault current limiters (FCL) with the cores saturated by copper coils
Y. Wolfus, A. Friedman, Y. Yeshurun, V. Rozenshtein and Z.Bar-Haim
WO PCT application submitted, 2010
US2009021875 (A1)

Superconducting coil and a method for its manufacture
A. Friedman, Y. Wolfus, Y. Yeshurun, Z. Bar-Haim, N. Pundak
Patent No. US 20060071747

A Fault current limiters (FCL) with the cores saturated by superconducting coils
Y. Wolfus, A. Friedman, Y. Yeshurun, V. Rozenshtein and Z.Bar-Haim
Patent pending (WO2007/029224)

US2006158803 (A1)

Method for manufacturing superconducting coils
Y. Wolfus, A. Friedman, Y. Yeshurun, V. Rozenshtein and Z.Bar-Haim
US patent application US2006071747(2005)

Fault current limiters (FCL) with the cores saturated by superconducting coils
Y. Wolfus, A Friedman, V. Rozenshtein, Y. Yeshurun, M. Zarudi, N. Shaked
WO 2004/068670 12/8/2004 (2004).
Patent No. US 2006/0158803

A device for measuring the magnetic field vector and a method of fabricating thereof
Y. Abulafia, Y. Wolfus, A. Shaulov, Y. Yeshurun, D. Majer, Y. Paltiel, H.Shtrikman, and E. Zeldov
Patent No. US 6,366,085 B1 (1997).

A method and a converter topology for simultaneous charge/ discharge
A. Friedman, N. Shaked, E. Perel, M. Sinvani, Y. Wolfus, and Y. Yeshurun
Patent No. US 6,072,307

The design and construction of temperature sensors to avoid errors due to self-cooling
E. Goldratt, A.J. Greenfield and Y. Yeshurun
Abandoned (1979).






Name:                                      Yosef Yeshurun

Educational Background:         B.Sc.    - Physics, Tel-Aviv University, 1971

                                                M.Sc.   - Physics, Bar-Ilan University,  1974

                                                Ph.D.   - Physics, Bar-Ilan University,  1978


Faculty Positions at the                        1982 - 1986     Senior Lecturer

Department of Physics,                        1986 - 1989     Associate Professor

Bar-Ilan University:                 1989                Professor

                                                1988 - 1991     Chairman

Special Appointments              1992 - 2000     Rector's Advisor on Immigrant Absorption

at Bar-Ilan University:             1994 - 1996    Rector's Advisor on Student Matters

                                                1995 - 1996                 Dean of the Students

                                                2000 - 2002     Vice Rector

                                                2002 - 2006     Rector

Post-doctoral and

Sabbatical Positions:                1978 - 1979     Research Associate, Racah Institute of                                                                                                 Physics, Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

                                                1979 - 1981     Research Associate, Department of                                                                                         Physics, University of Illinois, Urbana.

                                                1987 - 1988     Visiting Scientist, IBM Laboratories,                                                                                        Yorktown Heights, New York.

                                                2008                  Visiting Scientist

                                                                                      Imperial College, London, UK

2008-2009        Visiting Scientist

                                                                                     New York University and City College, NY, USA


Special Appointments:             1989 - 1994     Member of the National Steering                                                                                            Committee on Superconductivity

                                                1993 - 1996    Member of the National Council for                                                                                         Higher Education

                                                1994 - 1996    Member of the Israeli-French Bi-National

Foundation (AFIRST)

                                                1995 - 1998    Member of the National Council for Research

and Development

                                                2011                Fellow of the American Physical Society