Technion Program for Excellence

Saar Rahav / Materials Science And Engineering, Physics

First degree in Physics and Materials Engineering at the Technion.
MSc degree in Physics at the Technion.

PhD degree in Physics at the Technion.

Post-doc at the Laboratory of Atomic and Solid State Physics at Cornell University.


Participated in the Technion Excellence Program: October 1993 – June 1997.


He began his research in the framework of the Program on: “The accuracy of semiclassical quantization“, under the direction of Prof. Fishman Shmuel from the Faculty of Physics. The expansion of this research was published as a scientific article in the professional press. In fact, he continued to work in the same research group for his M.Sc. and my Ph.D.

They studied the accuracy of semiclassical quantization for a particular system – the circle billiard. This was of interest as it was claimed that the average error is increasing with energy, while one expects semiclassical methods to improve in this limit. They showed that the average error increases due to a small subset of the eigenvalues, while the energy levels of the rest are well approximated by semiclassical quantization.

“My experience with research encouraged me to continue for Ph.D. in Physics and helped me to choose Prof. Fishman as my advisor.

Today (2012): Sa’ar is a senior Lecturer at the faculty of Chemistry at the Technion.


Recommendation to Program participants: “The program gives you an opportunity to do some research before committing yourself to graduate studies in a specific field. Use this opportunity to see what type of research interests you.

Saar Rahav