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Professor Rennan Barkana
[Hebrew info] [Hebrew video]
School of Physics and Astronomy
Contact Information:
Postal Address:
School of Physics and Astronomy
Tel Aviv University
Tel Aviv, 69978
ISRAEL
Office: Kaplun 111
Phone: 972-3-6405993
Fax: 972-3-6408179
Secy: 972-3-6407414 (Daniella)
email: barkana@wise.tau.ac.il [send]
Currently Looking for Students and Postdocs! [details]

Nature paper: Cosmic heating and early black holes


Media appearances on gravity waves from inflation (in Hebrew)
Curriculum Vitae
Academic Positions:
2009 - present   Associate Professor, Tel Aviv University
2008 (Spring)   Moore Distinguished Scholar, Caltech
2007 (Fall)   Visiting Associate Professor, ICRR, University of Tokyo
2001 - 2009   Senior Lecturer, Tel Aviv University (2006: Tenured)
2000 - 2001   Postdoctoral Fellow, Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (Toronto)
1997 - 2000   Postdoctoral Member, Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton)
Post-Ph.D. Awards:
2007 - 2008   Fellowship, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation [link]
2008   Moore Distinguished Scholar, Caltech
2007 - 2008   Radcliffe Institute Fellowship, Harvard (declined) [link]
2001 - 2004   Alon Fellowship, Israeli Council of Higher Education
Major organizational activities:
2014 -   Member of International Ph.D. Board of Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy
2010   Principal organizer, Aspen Winter Astrophysics Conference on "The High Redshift Universe: A Multi-Wavelength View" [link]
2008   Scientific Organizing Committee, 23'rd IAP (Paris) Colloquium
2007   Space Telescope Science Institute, Review Panel of Hubble Space Telescope proposals
2006   Principal organizer, John Bahcall Physics Day (Tel Aviv University) [link]
2006   Principal organizer, Aspen Winter Astrophysics Conference on "Cosmological Probes of Baryons and Dark Matter" [link]
Invited conference talks:
2014   CASCA (Canadian Astronomical Society) Annual Meeting, Quebec City, Canada
2012   "Gamma Ray Bursts in the Era of Rapid Follow-up", Liverpool, UK
2012   CosmoBias: International Meeting on "Physical Bias in Cosmology" (Invited Review), Marseille, France
2011   "Hydrogen Cosmology" workshop at Harvard
2008   Harvard University Conference on "21cm Cosmology"
2007   Workshop: "Early universe and physics beyond the standard model", Tokyo, Japan
2007   "HI Survival through Cosmic Times", Tuscany, Italy
2006   "From Planets to Galaxies", Budapest, Hungary
2004   Oort Workshop on "CMB and first objects at the end of the dark ages: observational consequences of reionization", Holland
2003   Kloster Irsee Workshop on "The Formation and Early Evolution of Galaxies", Germany
2002   "Early Cosmic Structures and the End of the Dark Ages", Elba, Italy
2000   Harvard University Conference on "The First Generation of Cosmic Structures"
Research grants:
2012 - 2015   Israel Space Agency grant (with Yoel Rephaeli)
2009 - 2012   U.S. National Science Foundation Grant (PI: Judd Bowman)
2009 - 2013   Israel Science Foundation Grant
2005 - 2010 (frozen 2007/8)   U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation Grant (with Avi Loeb)
2005 - 2008   Israel Science Foundation Grant
2002 - 2005   Israel Science Foundation Grant
2002 - 2005   U.S. National Science Foundation Grant (PI: Avi Loeb)
2003   NATO Grant (with Avi Loeb)
2000   Harvard-Smithsonian Institution Short-Term Visitor Award
Education:
1997 Ph.D. in Physics; Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.)
1993 B.A. in Math and Physics (Summa Cum Laude, with Honors in both majors); University of Pennsylvania
Personal Information:
1973 Born in Haifa, Israel
Citizenship: U.S. and Israel
Married to Riki and father to Or (Dec. 12'th, 2006) and Ariel (Oct. 7'th, 2009)
Published Papers
Selected Publications:
  • "The observable signature of late heating of the Universe during cosmic reionization", Anastasia Fialkov, Rennan Barkana, and Eli Visbal, Nature , 506, 197 (2014) [link].
  • "The signature of the first stars in atomic hydrogen at redshift 20", Eli Visbal, Rennan Barkana, Anastasia Fialkov, Dmitriy Tseliakhovich, and Chris Hirata, Nature , 487, 70 (2012) [link].
  • "Unusually Large Fluctuations in the Statistics of Galaxy Formation at High Redshift", Rennan Barkana and Abraham Loeb, The Astrophysical Journal , 609, 474 (2004).
  • "Detecting the Earliest Galaxies Through Two New Sources of 21cm Fluctuations", Rennan Barkana and Abraham Loeb, The Astrophysical Journal , 626, 1 (2005).
  • "A Method for Separating the Physics from the Astrophysics of High-Redshift 21cm Fluctuations", Rennan Barkana and Abraham Loeb, The Astrophysical Journal Letters, 624, 65 (2005).
  • ``In the Beginning: The First Sources of Light and the Reionization of the Universe'', Rennan Barkana and Abraham Loeb, Physics Reports , 349, 125 (2001) [link] .
  • "Spectral Signature of Cosmological Infall Around the First Quasars", Rennan Barkana and Abraham Loeb, Nature , 421, 341 (2003) [link] .
  • "The First Stars in the Universe", Smadar Naoz, Shay Noter, and Rennan Barkana, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society Letters, 373, 98 (2006).
  • "The First Stars in the Universe and Cosmic Reionization", Rennan Barkana, Science , 313, 931 (2006).
  • ``Fuzzy Cold Dark Matter: The Wave Properties of Ultralight Particles'', Wayne Hu, Rennan Barkana and Andrei Gruzinov, Physical Review Letters , 85, 1158 (2000).
The most up-to-date listing of my publications in ADS, including citations, is here.

You can also find here the list of my 61 refereed publications distributed within the following journals: Nature, Science, Physical Review Letters, Physics Reports, Annual Reviews of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Reports on Progress in Physics, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, The Astrophysical Journal, Physical Review D, Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia, and New Astronomy.

Students and Research Topics
Theoretical Astrophysics and Cosmology
Current research topics: 21-cm cosmology, formation of the first stars and quasars, cosmic reionization, galaxy formation, large-scale structure, and gravitational lensing.

Students and Postdocs:
Ph.D.   Smadar Naoz: "The First Generation of Galaxies and 21-cm Fluctuations", 2009. Postdoc positions: Northwestern University; Harvard ITC Fellow; Einstein Fellow. Faculty: Assistant Professor at UCLA (starting Fall 2014). [website]
Ph.D.   Anastasia Fialkov: 21-cm Cosmology, 2011 - 2013 (Ph.D. jointly advised with Nissan Itzhaki). Postdoc: Junior Research Chair at École Normale Supérieure, Paris. [website]
Ph.D.   Eli Visbal: 21-cm Cosmology, 2011 - 2013 (While not formally my student, this Harvard graduate student's summer project with me became a Nature paper and an important part of his thesis). Postdoc: Columbia University.
Ph.D.   Doron Lemze (jointly advised with Tom Broadhurst and Yoel Rephaeli): "Modeling clusters and starburst galaxies", 2010. Postdoc: Johns Hopkins University.
Postdoc   Andrea Morandi: 21-cm Cosmology, 2010 - 2012 (2 years).
M.Sc.   Aviad Cohen: 21-cm Cosmology, M.Sc., 2013 - .
M.Sc.   Shay Noter: "Halo Statistics - A New Alternative to Simulations", M.Sc., 2007.
M.Sc.   Oren Zoran: "A Cosmic Relation between Extinction and Star Formation", M.Sc., 2006.

Links:

Research highlight (2014): Cosmic heating and early black holes (Nature): Link.
Research highlight (2012): The First Stars at Redshift 20 (Nature): Link.
A news article (2009) in Science on 21-cm cosmology: Link, PDF.
Teaching and Outreach
Media appearances on gravity waves from inflation (in Hebrew): Link.
Physics and Astronomy courses: Full details available here.
Radio Interview in Hebrew on the Cosmic Microwave Background (4.38 MB, 6:23 min, MP3).
Popular Lecture in Hebrew on Cosmology (81 min video + power point lecture).