Joshua Jortner

Professor Emeritus
Department of Physical Chemistry
Tel Aviv University

Fields of interest: 

Exploration of the phenomena of energy acquisition, storage and disposal in isolated molecules, clusters, condensed phases and biophysical systems

Radiationless transitions in isolated large molecules

Relaxation processes in condensed phases

Electron transfer and transport

Primary charge separation in photosynthesis

Electronic states and transport in molecular crystals, biopolymers, and disordered materials

Dynamic processes in biophysics

Cluster energetics, spectroscopy and dynamics. Microscopic solvation.

Energetic and dynamic cluster size effects

Dynamics and response of nanostructures

Ultrafast dynamics

Ultraintense laser-matter interaction

Nuclear fusion driven by Coulomb explosion

Ultracold finite systems


Recent publications:

Last I, Peano F, Jortner J, Silva LO:
Two-Pulse Driving of D+D Nuclear Fusion within a Single Coulomb Exploding Nanodroplet.
Phys Rev. A17, (2010): 0227021-7.

Heidenreich A, Last I, Jortner J:
Extreme Dynamics and Energetics of Coulomb Explosion of Xe Clusters.
Phys Chem Chem Phys., 11, (2009): 111-124.

Last I, Jortner J, Peano F, Silva LO:
dt nuclear fusion within a single Coulomb exploding composite nanodroplet.
Eur. Phys. J., D54, (2009): 71-75.

Peano F, Martins JL, Fonseca RA, Peinetti F, Mulas R, Coppa G, Last I, Jortner J, Silva LO:
Expansion of Nanoplasmas and Laser-Driven Nuclear Fusion in Single Exploding Clusters.
Plasma Phys. Control. Fusion, 50, (2008): 124049-124056.

Jortner J, Last I:
Scaled Molecular Dynamics Simulations for Ultraintense Laser-Cluster Interactions.
Polish Journal of Chemistry 80, (2008): 661-673.

Aharoni A, Oron D, Banin U, Rabani E, Jortner J:
Long-Range Electronic-to-Vibrational Energy Transfer from Nanocrystals to Their Surrounding Matrix Environment.
Phys. Rev. Lett., 100, (2008): 0574041-4.

Heidenreich WA, Last I, Jortner J:
Nanoplasma Dynamics in Xe Clusters Driven by Ultraintense Laser Fields.
Eur. Phys. J., D 46, (2008): 195-202.

Last I, Jortner J:
Nucleosynthesis Driven by Coulomb Explosion within a Single Nanodroplet.
Phys. Rev., A 77, (2008): 033201-8.

Heidenreich A, Last I, Jortner J:
Extreme Multielectron Ionization of Elemental Clusters in Ultraintense Laser Fields.
Israel J. Chem., 47, (2007): 342-252.

Heidenreich A, Last I, Jortner J:
Simulations of Extreme Ionization and Electron Dynamics in Ultraintense Laser-Cluster Interactions.
Israel J. Chem., 47, (2007): 89-98