Tal Schwartz, born in Haifa, Israel, studied physics at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. He received his PhD in 2008 for his research on nonlinear dynamics in stochastic optical systems under the supervision of Prof. Moti Segev. During his PhD he studied the transport of light in disordered waveguide arrays, photorefractive optical solitons and pattern formation in nonlinear optical systems. He had several achievemnets, including the first observation of Anderson localization in disordered photonic lattices and the first observation of spontaneous pattern formation with white light. He then moved to France for his postdoctoral studies at the Laboratory for Nanostructures led by Prof. Thomas Ebbesen at Strasbourg University under a Rothschild Fellowship from Yad Hanadiv Foundation and a Chateaubriand Fellowship from the French Embassy in Israel. There he studied the interaction of light with organic molecules in nanostructures, focusing on strong coupling in organic cavities and plasmonic nanostructures. In 2012 he joined Tel Aviv University as a senior lecturer at the School of Chemistry, where he is currently establishing his independent research group.
Awards and Fellowships
2013 Alon Fellowship for young faculty, Council for Higher Education, Israel
2008 Yad-Hanadiv Rothschild Post-Doctorate Fellowship
2008 Chateaubriand Fellowship, French embassy in Israel
2005 Sir Charles Clore Fellowship for outstanding PhD students
2004 Wolf Prize for excellent PhD students
2002 Special Gutwirth award for outstanding graduate students
2004-2008 PhD at the physics department, Technion, Israel, under the supervision of Prof. Mordechai Segev. Title of dissertation: "Nonlinear Dynamics and Effects in Optical Systems".
2002-2004 M.Sc at the physics department, Technion, Israel, under the supervision of Prof. Mordechai Segev.
1998-2001 B.A. in Physics, Technion, Israel (graduated Cum Laude).
2008-2012 Post-doctorate at Institut de Science et d'Ingénierie Supramoléculaires (ISIS), University of Strasbourg, France
2001-2002 R&D, Optimaze Telecom LTD, Israel
2000 R&D, Beamworks LTD, Israel
Fields of Interest
Light-matter interactions in optical cavities
Polaritons dynamics and collective effects
Photophysics of organic molecules
Optical properties of metallic nanoparticles
Surface plasmons in nano-structures
Nonlinear dynamics in optical systems