Gil Refael earned a B.S. in math and physics from Tel-Aviv University in 1997. He did his graduate studies at Harvard University (under the supervision of Profs. Daniel S. Fisher and Eugene Demler), and obtained a Ph.D. in theoretical condensed matter physics in 2003. After being a postdoctoral fellow at the KITP, UC Santa Barbara, for two years, he joined the physics faculty at the Cailfornia Institute of Technology. His research interests involve a variety of problems of correlated quantum matter, both disordered and out of equilibrium. Gil is also grateful for current support as a Cottrell Scholar and a Packard Fellow.
The presence of disorder in a quantum many-body system may appear to make an already difficult problem nearly impossible to solve. However, scientists show that the details of the disorder often do not matter, allowing them to describe realistic systems from magnets to superconductors.