Prof. Leonid Frankfurt

Emeritus in School of Physics and Astronomy
ביה"ס לפיזיקה ואסטרונומיה אמריטוס
Prof. Leonid Frankfurt
Phone: 03-6407735
Fax: 03-6406369
Office: Shenkar Physics


Prof. Leonid Frankfurt works on a range of topics: on the role of color in the short-range internucleon forces, using QCD factorization theorems for the hard diffractive processes which allow predicting  new QCD phenomena such as color transparency, color fluctuations phenomena discovered at LHC(ATLAS), BNL(NY), FNAL(Chicago), and TJNF(Virginia); developing the theory of ultraperipheral processes which is used now at any of the large detectors at LHC; on the theory of nuclear shadowing and antishadowing in the hard processes; on the scientific program for the detector PANDA  (GSI, Germany). His prediction of universal properties of the yield of short-range internucleon correlations in a nucleus (SRC) in the high energy processes allowed to  discover pair and triple nucleon correlations at FNAL, TJNF,  BNL, and SLAC (Palo Alto). Works on establishing the QCD dynamics of the core of neutron stars and developing the perturbative pomeron.


  • Leningrad university, 1958-1964    

  • M.S. in Theoretical Physics, Leningrad University, 1964      

  • Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics,  A. F. Joffe Physical-Technical Institute of Leningrad, 1968

  • Professor Habilitatus degree in theoretical physics, St Petersburg Institute of Nuclear Physics, 1981 

Academic Appointments

  • Junior Member of Laboratory of Theoretical Physics of A.F. Joffe Physical-Technical Institute of Saint Petersburg, 1965-1970

  • Research Associate, 1971-1975 

  • Senior Member, 1976-1986 

  • Leading Member of Laboratory of Theoretical Physics of Petersburg Institute of Nuclear Physics, Gatchina, 1986-1992

  • Visiting Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, 1990-1991

  • Visiting Professor, Michigan State University at East Lansing, USA, 1991-1992 

  • Visiting Professor, University of Washington at Seattle, USA, 1992-1993 

  • Professor, Tel Aviv University, Israel, 1993-Present

  • Eminent Visiting Professor, RIKEN Institute, Japan, 2003, 2004

Awards and Prizes

  • Y.Neeman Chair in Theoretical Nuclear Physics, 2000-2012

  • Humbold prize, 2000

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