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* Minerva Center for Physics of Mesoscopics, Fractals and Neural Networks

Bar-Ilan University
(Established 1994)

Director

Prof. Shlomo Havlin
Department of Physics
Bar-Ilan University
52900 Ramat Gan, Israel
Tel.: 00972-3-5318436
Fax: 00972-3-5357678
E-mail: havlin@ophir.ph.biu.ac.il
Internet: http://ory.ph.biu.ac.il


Chairman of the Advisory Council

Prof. Dr. Heinz G. Schuster
Institut für Theoretische Physik und Astrophysik
Christian Albrecht Universität Kiel
Leibnizstr. 15
24098 Kiel
Tel: 0431 880-4127, Fax: 0431 880-4094
E-Mail: schuster@theo-physik.uni-kiel.de

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* Fields of research/Forschungsgebiete

Studies of the physics of disordered systems. In particular: Mesoscopics, fractals and neural network systems.
Untersuchung der Physik ungeordneter Systeme. Insbesondere: Mesoskopiephysik, Fraktale und Systeme neuronaler Netzwerke.
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Mesoscopic systems, single electron devices, quantum transport, fractals, glasses, dynamic fluctuations, rough surfaces, DNA sequences, neural networks, future computers, learning theory, generalization performance
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* Research activities and objectives

The rapidly developing areas of the physics of mesoscopics, fractals and neural networks, which are at the forefront of research in condensed matter physics, are of great scientific and technological importance in many interdisciplinar fields, such as materials science, engineering, medicine, and computer siences. Our scientific goal is to gain better understanding by developing connections between these three areas. Our objectives have also many applications:
    · Developing advanced ultrasmall electronic devices, such as quantum lasers, hot-electron transistors, and single electron transistors.
    · Devices for early detection of cancer and heart disease.
    · Neutral network devices for performing perceptual tasks.
    · Analyzing DNA genetic sequences.
    · Solving hard combinatorial optimization problems.
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