Prof. Marek Karliner

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Prof. Marek Karliner
Phone: 03-6406373
Fax: 03-6407932
Office: Kaplun, 429


Prof. Marek Karliner works on a range of topics in Quantum Chromodynamics, focusing on hadrons with heavy quarks. Specific topics include exotic hadrons, i.e. tetraquarks and pentaquarks, baryons with b quarks, as well as baryons containing two heavy quarks.


Research achievements include: accurate prediction of masses of baryons containing a single b quark, prediction of Z_b exotic states on the basis of anomalies in Belle experiment data, prediction of a charmed-anticharmed hadronic molecule subsequently discovered by LHCb at CERN, a highly accurate prediction of the mass of the lightest doubly-charmed baryon Xi_cc subsequently discovered by LHCb, a robust prediction for the first genuine tetraquark stable under strong interactions, (b b ubar dbar), quark-level analogue of nuclear fusion with doubly-heavy baryons, a proposal for using a future Higgs factory in radiative return mode as a high-luminosity QCD collider with CM energy above 12 GeV, discovery of spontaneous breaking of rotational symmetry in rotating solitons and emergence of hexagonal symmetry in 2+1 dimensional Skyrmion crystals.


Future directions include: utilizing the upcoming data from high luminosity pp, e+ e- and heavy ion colliders to search for and deepen the theoretical understanding of stable tetraquarks, doubly-heavy hadrons and new hadronic molecules.


  • B.Sc. In Physics (magna cum laude) Tel Aviv University, 1979

  • Ph.D. In Physics, Tel-Aviv University, 1984

Academic Appointments

  • Research Associate, SLAC National Laboratory, Stanford University, 1984-1988

  • Senior Lecturer of Physics, Tel Aviv University, 1987-1990

  • Scientific Advisor, Faculty of Physics, Weizmann Institute of Science, 1988-Present

  • Associate Professor of Physics, Tel Aviv University, 1990-1995

  • Professor of Physics, Tel Aviv University, 1995-Present

  • Visiting Professor of Physics, Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, 2003-2005

  • Head, Particle Physics Department, Tel Aviv University, 2006-2010


Temporary appointments

  • Research Associate, CERN, Geneva, 1989

  • Research Associate, CERN, Geneva, 1990

  • Visiting Professor, CPT, Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France, 1994

  • Visiting Professor, SLAC National Laboratory, Stanford University, 1994

Awards and Prizes

  • Outstanding Physics Student Award, Israel Physical Society, 1977

  • Italian Government Young Scientist Scholarship, 1981

  • Best Student Award, International School of Subnuclear Physics, Erice, Italy, 1981

  • French Government Young Scientist Scholarship, 1982

  • Fulbright Graduate Fellowship Award, US-Israel Educational Foundation, 1983

  • Weizmann Post-Doctoral Fellowship for Scientific Research, 1984

  • Alon Fellowship for Outstanding Young Faculty, Israel Higher Education Council, 1987

  • Bat Sheva de Rothschild Fellowship for Outstanding Young Researchers, 1988

  • Edouard and Francoise Jaupart Chair of Theoretical Physics of Particles and Fields, 2007-Present

  • Foreign Member of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2017

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