Curriculum Vitae: Rennan Barkana [Updated March 2015]



School of Physics and Astronomy
Tel Aviv University
Tel Aviv, 69978, ISRAEL
Work Tel: 972-3-6405993
Email: barkana@wise.tau.ac.il
Homepage: http://wise-obs.tau.ac.il/~barkana/
Academic Positions:

  • Visiting Professor, The Perimeter Institute, Waterloo, Canada, 3/2016-8/2016
  • Leverhulme Visiting Professor, University of Oxford, UK, 9/2015- 2/2016.
  • Lagrange Award winner, Institut D'Astrophysique de Paris (IAP), France, 7-8/2015 + 12/2015 conference organization.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Tel Aviv University, 6/2009-present.
  • Moore Distinguished Scholar, Caltech, 4/2008-9/2008.
  • Visiting Associate Professor, Institute for Cosmic Ray Research, University of Tokyo, Japan, 10/2007-3/2008.
  • Senior Lecturer, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Tel Aviv University, 10/2001-5/2009 (Tenured: 2006).
  • Postdoctoral Fellow at Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics, Toronto, 10/2000-9/2001.
  • Postdoctoral Researcher (``Member'') at Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, 9/1997 - 8/2000.

Post-Ph.D. Grants, Honors and Awards:

  • Leverhulme Visiting Professorship, Leverhulme Trust (UK-wide competitive award), 2015
  • Lagrange Award, Institut Lagrange de Paris (ILP), France, 2015
  • Israel Space Agency Grant 3-9083 (PIs: Yoel Rephaeli and myself), 2012-2015
  • U.S. National Science Foundation Grant AST-0905990 (PI: Judd Bowman), 2009-2012.
  • Israel Science Foundation Individual Grant 823/09, 2009-2013.
  • Tel Aviv University, Fund for Promotion of Research, Grant, 2008/9.
  • Fellowship, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, 2007/8.
  • Moore Distinguished Scholar, Caltech, 2008.
  • Radcliffe Institute Fellowship, Harvard, 2007/8 (declined).
  • Space Telescope Science Institute, Member of Review Panel evaluating Cycle 16 proposals for the Hubble Space Telescope, 3/2007.
  • U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation Grant 2004386 (with Avi Loeb), 2005-2010 (frozen 2007/8).
  • Israel Science Foundation Individual Grant 629/05, 2005-2008.
  • Israel Science Foundation Individual Grant #28/02/01, 2002-2005.
  • U.S. National Science Foundation Grant AST-0204514 (PI: Avi Loeb), 2002-2005.
  • NATO Grant PST.CLG.979414 with Avi Loeb, 2003.
  • Alon Fellowship, Israeli Council of Higher Education, 2001 - 2004.
  • Harvard-Smithsonian Institution Short-Term Visitor Award, 8/2000.

Research Interests:

  • Theoretical Astrophysics and Cosmology: 21-cm cosmology, formation of the first stars and quasars, cosmic reionization, galaxy formation, large-scale structure, and gravitational lensing.

Conference Organization and International Activities :

  • Principal organizer of "Cosmology and First Light", an international conference at the Institut D'Astrophysique de Paris (IAP), Dec. 2015
  • Member of SKA (Square Kilometre Array) Science Working Group on the Epoch of Reionization and Cosmic Dawn, 2014 -
  • Member of International Ph.D. Board of Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy, 2014 -
  • Principal organizer (and speaker): The 2010 Aspen Winter Astrophysics Conference on "The High Redshift Universe: A Multi-Wavelength View", Feb. 7-12, 2010.
  • Organizer of the Astrophysics Sessions at the 54'th Annual Meeting of the Israeli Physical Society, Ben-Gurion University, Dec. 28, 2008.
  • Member of Scientific Organizing Committee, 23'rd IAP (Paris) Colloquium on "Far Away: Light in the young universe at redshift beyond 3", Jul. 7-11, 2008.
  • Principal organizer of the John Bahcall Physics Day at Tel Aviv University, Apr. 30, 2006.
  • Principal organizer (and speaker): The 2006 Aspen Winter Astrophysics Conference on "Cosmological Probes of Baryons and Dark Matter", Jan. 22-28, 2006.

Conference Talks:

  • "CosPA 2014: 11'th International Symposium on Cosmology & Particle Astrophysics", Auckland, New Zealand, 2014
  • Invited Speaker to "CASCA (Canadian Astronomical Society) Annual Meeting", Quebec City, Canada, June 2014
  • "CosPA 2013: 10'th International Symposium on Cosmology & Particle Astrophysics", Hawaii, Nov. 2013
  • Invited Speaker to "Gamma Ray Bursts in the Era of Rapid Follow-up", Liverpool, UK, June 2012
  • Invited Review at "CosmoBias: International Meeting on Physical Bias in Cosmology", Marseille, France, May 2012
  • Invited Speaker to "Hydrogen Cosmology" workshop at Harvard, May 2011.
  • CITA@25/Bond@60: "The Theory of the Universe and Everything in It", Toronto, Canada, May 2010.
  • "The High Redshift Universe: A Multi-Wavelength View", Aspen, U.S.A., 2010
  • Workshop: "Focus week on non-Gaussianities in the sky", IPMU Tokyo, Japan, Apr. 2009.
  • Invited Speaker to Harvard University Conference on "21cm Cosmology", May 2008.
  • "Cosmology with the CMB and LSS", School and workshop program, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, India (Invited lecture series; could not attend), 2008.
  • Workshop on "Early universe and physics beyond the standard model", Tokyo, Japan, Dec. 2007.
  • Invited Speaker to "HI Survival through Cosmic Times", Tuscany, Italy, 2007.
  • Invited Speaker to "From Planets to Galaxies", Budapest, Hungary, 2006.
  • "Cosmological Probes of Baryons and Dark Matter", Aspen, U.S.A., 2006
  • Reionizing the Universe, Groningen, The Netherlands, 2005.
  • KITP Workshop on "Galaxy-Intergalactic Medium Interactions", Sep.-Oct. 2004.
  • The Large Scale Structure of Gas and Mass in the High Redshift Universe, Technion, Israel, 2004.
  • Invited Speaker to the Oort Workshop on "CMB and first objects at the end of the dark ages: observational consequences of reionization", Holland, Apr. 2004.
  • Aspen Winter Conference on "The Large-Scale Distribution of Mass & Light in the Universe", Jan. 2004.
  • ETH Zurich Conference on "Stars and Structure Formation: From First Light to the Milky Way", Aug. 2003.
  • Invited speaker to Kloster Irsee Workshop on "The Formation and Early Evolution of Galaxies", Germany, July 2003.
  • Jerusalem Workshop on "Galaxy Formation", June 2003.
  • Aspen Astrophysics Workshop on "The Baryonic Universe", Jan. 2003.
  • Elba International Workshop on "Early Cosmic Structures and the End of the Dark Ages", Italy, June 2002.
  • Annual Meeting of the Israeli Physics Society, Dec. 2001.
  • Tsukuba International Workshop on ``The Physics of Galaxy Formation'', Japan, July 2000.
  • Invited speaker to Harvard University Conference on "The First Generation of Cosmic Structures", May 2000.
  • Boston University Conference on "Gravitational Lensing: Recent Progress and Future Goals", July 1999.
  • Aspen Winter Astrophysics meeting on "Cosmological Implications of the Local Group", Jan. 1999.

Refereed Publications:

  • "Reconstructing the nature of the first cosmic sources from the anisotropic 21-cm signal", Anastasia Fialkov, Rennan Barkana, and Aviad Cohen, Physical Review Letters, accepted (2015).
  • "The rich complexity of 21-cm fluctuations produced by the first stars", Anastasia Fialkov and Rennan Barkana, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 445, 213 (2014).
  • "High-redshift star formation in a time-dependent Lyman-Werner background", Eli Visbal, Zoltan Haiman, Bryan Terrazas, Greg L. Bryan, and Rennan Barkana, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 445, 107 (2014).
  • "The observable signature of late heating of the Universe during cosmic reionization", Anastasia Fialkov, Rennan Barkana, and Eli Visbal, Nature, 506, 197 (2014).
  • "Complete history of the observable 21 cm signal from the first stars during the pre-reionization era", Anastasia Fialkov, Rennan Barkana, Arazi Pinhas, and Eli Visbal, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 437, 36 (2014).
  • "The 21-cm signature of the first stars during the Lyman-Werner feedback era", Anastasia Fialkov, Rennan Barkana, Eli Visbal, Dmitriy Tseliakhovich, and Christopher Hirata, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 432, 2909 (2013).
  • "Luminosity Bias. II. The Cosmic Web of the First Stars", Rennan Barkana, Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia , 30, 36 (2013).
  • "Studying cosmic reionization with observations of the global 21-cm signal", Andrea Morandi and Rennan Barkana, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 424, 2551 (2012).
  • "Impact of the relative motion between the dark matter and baryons on the first stars: semi-analytical modelling", Anastasia Fialkov, Rennan Barkana, Dmitriy Tseliakhovich, and Christopher Hirata, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 424, 1335 (2012).
  • "The signature of the first stars in atomic hydrogen at redshift 20", Eli Visbal, Rennan Barkana, Anastasia Fialkov, Dmitriy Tseliakhovich, and Christopher Hirata, Nature, 487, 70 (2012).
  • "Profiles of Dark Matter Velocity Anisotropy in Simulated Clusters", Doron Lemze, Rick Wagner, Yoel Rephaeli, Sharon Sadeh, Mike Norman, Rennan Barkana, Tom Broadhurst, Holland Ford, and Marc Postman, The Astrophysical Journal, 752, 141 (2012).
  • "Suppression and Spatial Variation of Early Galaxies and Minihalos", Dmitriy Tseliakhovich, Rennan Barkana, and Christopher Hirata, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 418, 906 (2011).
  • "Triaxiality and non-thermal gas pressure in Abell 1689", Andrea Morandi, Marceau Limousin, Yoel Rephaeli, Keiichi Umetsu, Rennan Barkana, Tom Broadhurst, and Haakon Dahle, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 416, 2567 (2011).
  • "The nonlinear evolution of baryonic overdensities in the early universe: Initial conditions of numerical simulations", Smadar Naoz, Naoki Yoshida, and Rennan Barkana, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 416, 232 (2011).
  • "Scale-Dependent Bias of Galaxies from Baryonic Acoustic Oscillations", Rennan Barkana and Abraham Loeb, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 415, 3113 (2011).
  • "Quantifying the collisionless nature of dark matter and galaxies in A1689", Doron Lemze, Yoel Rephaeli, Rennan Barkana, Tom Broadhurst, Rick Wagner, and Mike Norman, The Astrophysical Journal, 728, 40 (2011).
  • "Strong-Lensing Analysis of a Complete Sample of 12 MACS Clusters at z>0.5: Mass Models and Einstein Radii", Adi Zitrin, Tom Broadhurst, Rennan Barkana, Yoel Rephaeli, and Narciso Benitez, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 410, 1939 (2011).
  • "Statistics of 21-cm fluctuations in cosmic reionization simulations: PDFs and difference PDFs", Vera Gluscevic and Rennan Barkana, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 408, 2373 (2010).
  • "Measuring the History of Cosmic Reionization using the 21-cm PDF from Simulations", Kazuhide Ichikawa, Rennan Barkana, Ilian Iiev, Garrelt Mellema, and Paul Shapiro, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 406, 2521 (2010).
  • "Concentrating the Dark Matter in Galaxy Clusters through Tidal Stripping of Baryonically-Compressed Galactic Halos", Rennan Barkana and Abraham Loeb, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 405, 1969 (2010).
  • "Gas in Simulations of High Redshift Galaxies and Minihalos", Smadar Naoz, Rennan Barkana, and Andrei Mesinger, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 399, 369 (2009).
  • "Dynamical Study of A1689 from Wide-Field VLT/VIMOS Spectroscopy: Mass Profile, Concentration Parameter, and Velocity Anisotropy", Doron Lemze, Tom Broadhurst, Yoel Rephaeli, Rennan Barkana, and Keiichi Umetsu, The Astrophysical Journal, 701, 1336 (2009).
  • "Studying the sources of cosmic reionization with 21-cm fluctuations", Rennan Barkana, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 397, 1454 (2009).
  • "The Infancy of Cosmic Reionization", Rennan Barkana, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 391, 727 (2008).
  • "Large Einstein Radii: A Problem for ΛCDM", Tom Broadhurst and Rennan Barkana, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 390, 1647 (2008).
  • "Mass and Gas Profiles in A1689: Joint X-ray and Lensing Analysis", Doron Lemze, Rennan Barkana, Tom Broadhurst, and Yoel Rephaeli, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 386, 1092 (2008).
  • "Detecting Early Galaxies Through Their 21-cm Signature", Smadar Naoz and Rennan Barkana, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society Letters, 385, 63 (2008).
  • "The Difference PDF of 21-cm Fluctuations: A Powerful Statistical Tool for Probing Cosmic Reionization", Rennan Barkana and Abraham Loeb, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 384, 1069 (2008).
  • "The Formation and Gas Content of High Redshift Galaxies and Minihalos", Smadar Naoz and Rennan Barkana, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 377, 667 (2007).
  • "The Physics and Early History of the Intergalactic Medium", Rennan Barkana and Abraham Loeb, Reports on Progress in Physics , 70, 627 (2007).
  • "On Correlated Random Walks and 21-cm Fluctuations During Cosmic Reionization", Rennan Barkana, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 376, 1784 (2007).
  • "The First Stars in the Universe", Smadar Naoz, Shay Noter, and Rennan Barkana, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society Letters, 373, 98 (2006).
  • "Separating out the Alcock-Paczynski Effect on 21cm Fluctuations", Rennan Barkana, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 372, 259 (2006).
  • "Light-Cone Anisotropy in 21-cm Fluctuations during the Epoch of Reionization", Rennan Barkana and Abraham Loeb, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 372, 43 (2006).
  • "Detecting Reionization in the Star Formation Histories of High-Redshift Galaxies", Rennan Barkana and Abraham Loeb, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 371, 395 (2006).
  • "The First Stars in the Universe and Cosmic Reionization", Rennan Barkana, Science , 313, 931 (2006).
  • "A Cosmic Relation between Extinction and Star Formation", Oren Zoran, Rennan Barkana, and Rodger I. Thompson, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society Letters, 368, 47 (2006).
  • "Probing the Epoch of Early Baryonic Infall Through 21-cm Fluctuations", Rennan Barkana and Abraham Loeb, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society Letters, 363, 36 (2005).
  • "Growth of Linear Perturbations before the Era of the First Galaxies", Smadar Naoz and Rennan Barkana, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 362, 1047 (2005).
  • "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).
  • "Was the Universe Reionized at Redshift 10?", Abraham Loeb, Rennan Barkana, and Lars Hernquist, The Astrophysical Journal , 620, 553 (2005).
  • "Unusually Large Fluctuations in the Statistics of Galaxy Formation at High Redshift", Rennan Barkana and Abraham Loeb, The Astrophysical Journal , 609, 474 (2004).
  • "GRBs versus Quasars: Lyman-alpha Signatures of Reionization versus Cosmological Infall", Rennan Barkana and Abraham Loeb, The Astrophysical Journal , 601, 64 (2004).
  • "A Model For Infall Around Virialized Halos", Rennan Barkana, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society , 347, 59 (2004).
  • "Spectral Signature of Cosmological Infall Around the First Quasars", Rennan Barkana and Abraham Loeb, Nature 421, 341 (2003).
  • "Effective Screening due to Minihalos during the Epoch of Reionization", Rennan Barkana and Abraham Loeb, The Astrophysical Journal 578, 1 (2002).
  • "The Star Formation Rate Intensity Distribution Function -- Comparison of Observations with Hierarchical Galaxy Formation", Rennan Barkana, New Astronomy 7, 337 (2002).
  • "An Analytical Approach to Inhomogeneous Structure Formation", Evan Scannapieco and Rennan Barkana, The Astrophysical Journal 571, 585 (2002).
  • "Did the Universe Reionize at Redshift Six?", Rennan Barkana, New Astronomy 7, 85 (2002).
  • ``Constraints on Warm Dark Matter from Cosmological Reionization'', Rennan Barkana, Zoltan Haiman and Jerry Ostriker, The Astrophysical Journal 558, 482 (2001).
  • ``The Reionization of the Universe by the First Stars and Quasars'', Abraham Loeb and Rennan Barkana, Annual Reviews of Astronomy and Astrophysics , 39, 19 (2001).
  • ``In the Beginning: The First Sources of Light and the Reionization of the Universe'', Rennan Barkana and Abraham Loeb, Physics Reports 349, 125 (2001) [also available here] .
  • ``Fuzzy Cold Dark Matter: The Wave Properties of Ultralight Particles'', Wayne Hu, Rennan Barkana and Andrei Gruzinov, Physical Review Letters 85, 1158 (2000).
  • "Identifying the Reionization Redshift from the Cosmic Star Formation Rate", Rennan Barkana and Abraham Loeb, The Astrophysical Journal 539, 20 (2000).
  • "High-Redshift Galaxies: Their Predicted Size and Surface Brightness Distributions and Their Gravitational Lensing Probability", Rennan Barkana and Abraham Loeb, The Astrophysical Journal 531, 613 (2000).
  • "The Photo-Evaporation of Dwarf Galaxies During Reionization", Rennan Barkana and Abraham Loeb, The Astrophysical Journal 523, 54 (1999).
  • "A Reassessment of the Data and Models of the Gravitational Lens Q0957+561", Rennan Barkana, Joseph Lehar, Emilio Falco, Norman Grogin, Charles Keeton, and Irwin Shapiro, The Astrophysical Journal 520, 479 (1999).
  • "A Possible Gravitational Lens in the Hubble Deep Field South", Rennan Barkana, Roger Blandford, and David Hogg, The Astrophysical Journal Letters 513, 91 (1999).
  • "Fast Calculation of a Family of Elliptical Mass Gravitational Lens Models", Rennan Barkana, The Astrophysical Journal 502, 531 (1998).
  • "Analysis of Time Delays in the Gravitational Lens PG 1115+080", Rennan Barkana, The Astrophysical Journal 489, 21 (1997).
  • ``Limits on a Stochastic Background of Gravitational Waves from Gravitational Lensing'', Rennan Bar-Kana, Physical Review D , 54, 7138 (1996).
  • ``Effect of Large-Scale Structure on Multiply Imaged Sources'', Rennan Bar-Kana, The Astrophysical Journal , 468, 17 (1996).
  • "Limits on Direct Detection of Gravitational Waves", Rennan Bar-Kana, Physical Review D , 50, 1157 (1994).

Non-Technical Reviews:

  • "The First Objects in the Universe", Rennan Barkana, Physics World, 16(2), 25 (2003).

Computer Codes Based on the Above Publications:

  • Gemini, a toolkit for analytical models of inhomogeneous structure formation. The code, based on "An Analytical Approach to Inhomogeneous Structure Formation" (see Refereed Publications, above), is available here.
  • FASTELL, a code to calculate quickly and accurately gravitational lensing due to a family of elliptical mass lens models. The code, based on ``Fast Calculation of a Family of Elliptical Mass Gravitational Lens Models'' (see Refereed Publications, above), is available here.

Graduate Education:

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology , 9/1993 - 8/1997.
  • Ph. D. in Physics in June 1997. Dissertation: "Gravitational Lensing as a Probe of Dark Matter, the Distance Scale, and Gravitational Waves in the Universe".
  • Advisor: Prof. Edmund Bertschinger.
  • Karl Taylor Compton Fellowship from the M.I.T. Physics Dept., 9/1993 - 8/1995.
  • 990/990 in Physics Subject GRE Exam, 990/990 in Mathematics Subject GRE Exam.

Undergraduate Education:

    University of Pennsylvania , 9/1990 - 5/1993.
  • Bachelor of Arts, May 1993.
  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude. Double major, with Honors in both Math and Physics.
  • W. Stevens Prize, "given to the most promising graduating Physics Major at the University of Pennsylvania", May 1993.
  • Senior Thesis with Prof. Paul Steinhardt, on "Three-Point Correlation Analysis of Periodicity in the Distribution of Galaxies".
  • Teaching Assistant in Mathematical Analysis (a junior math course), Spring 1993.
  • Dean's Scholar of the School of Arts and Sciences.
  • Selected as a "Goldwater Scholar in Mathematics, Science and Engineering" by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, Spring 1992.
  • Elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the academic honor society.

Computer Skills:

  • Extensive programming experience in C and Fortran.
  • Some experience with Mathematica, C++, Matlab, HTML, Java, MPI, Pascal and Lisp.

Language Skills:

  • Fluent in English and Hebrew.

Personal Information:

  • Born in Haifa, Israel, in 1973.
  • Married with two children.
  • Citizen of the United States and Israel.
  • Hobbies: Playing violin (including Concertmaster of "The Campus - Ramat HaSharon" orchestra), chess




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