The Open University of Israel

Yosef Verbin

Department of Natural Sciences

Updated: : August. 2015

 

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Tel: 972-9-7781770
Fax: 972-9-7780661

E-mail: verbin@openu.ac.il

Education: Ph.D. in Physics - School of Physics and Astronomy, Tel Aviv University.
Thesis: Mechanisms of Symmetry Breaking in the Presence of Gravity. Supervisor: Prof. A. Casher. 1988.

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Main Fields of Research

Topological defects in field theory. Gravitation Theories: General Relativity and its extensions. Cosmology. Dark Matter.

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Academic Appointments and Positions

1981 – 1985: Teaching Assistant. School of Physics and Astronomy, Tel Aviv University.
1985 – 1987: Instructor. School of Physics and Astronomy, Tel Aviv University.
1987 – 1989: Postdoctoral Fellow. Department of Physics, Ben Gurion University.
1989 – 1992: Teaching Scientist. Ministry of Education and Physics Group, the Open University of Israel.
1992 – 2008: Lecturer & Senior Lecturer. Department of Natural Sciences, the Open University of Israel.
2012 – 2014: Chair, Department of Natural Sciences, the Open University of Israel.
2014 – present: Head, Physics Group, Department of Natural Sciences, the Open University of Israel.
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National and International Professional Activities

  1. Member of the International coordinating committee for the Marcel Grossmann Meetings. 2005-2011.
  2. Member of the physics matriculation examination committee, Ministry of Education, 1994-2006; 2009-2010.
  3. Chairman of the new 3 unit high school physics program, Ministry of Education, 2005-2008.
  4. Member of high school physics committee, Ministry of Education, since 2007.
  5. Referee for: Class. & Quant. Grav., Phys. Lett. B, Phys. Rev. D, Phys. Rev. Lett.
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Supervision of Higher Degrees

Dr Shimon Rubin, Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Natural Sciences, OUI, 2010-2011.

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List of Publications

Articles in Refereed Journals

  1. Y. Verbin, Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking in the Presence of Gravitational Fields, Nucl. Phys. B272 739 (1986).
  2. Y. Verbin, About the Vacuum of Scalar Field Theory in Anti-de Sitter Space, Phys. Lett. B197 55 (1987).
  3. Y. Verbin, Yang-Mills Instantons in Closed Friedmann Universes, Phys. Lett. B223 296 (1989).
  4. Y. Verbin and A. Davidson, Quantized Non-Abelian Wormholes, Phys. Lett. B229 364 (1989).
  5. Y. Verbin, Gravitational Suppression of Vacuum Tunneling in Yang-Mills Theories, Class. Quantum Grav. 7 L89 (1990).
  6. Y. Verbin and A. Davidson, Wormholes from Conformal Matter, Nucl. Phys. B339 545 (1990).
  7. A. Davidson and Y. Verbin, Kaluza-Klein Bottle Coupled to Tolman-Hawking Wormhole, Mod. Phys. Lett. A6 1547 (1991).
  8. A. Davidson and Y. Verbin, SU(N)/ZN Self-Interactions of Closed Strings, Phys. Lett. B276 24 (1992).
  9. Y. Verbin and A.L. Larsen, Classical Circular Strings with Pure SU(2) Charge, Jour. Phys. A26 7479 (1993).
  10. A. Davidson, N.K. Nielsen and Y. Verbin, Kinematical Classification of Evolving Loops and Bubbles, Nucl. Phys. B412 391 (1994).
  11. Y. Verbin, Lower Dimensional Gravity, Phys. Rev. D50 7318 (1994).
  12. J. Colding, N.K. Nielsen and Y. Verbin, Physical Interpretation of Cylindrically Symmetric Gravitational Fields, Phys. Rev. D56 3371 (1997).
  13. Y. Verbin, Cosmic Strings in the Abelian Higgs Model with Conformal Coupling to Gravity, Phys. Rev. D59 105015 (1999).
  14. M. Christensen, A.L. Larsen and Y. Verbin, Complete Classification of the String-like Solutions of the Gravitating Abelian Higgs Model, Phys. Rev. D60 125012 (1999).
  15. Y. Verbin, S. Madsen, A.L. Larsen and M. Christensen, Classification of String-like Solutions in Dilaton Gravity, Phys. Rev. D65 063503 (2002).
  16. Y. Verbin, S. Madsen, and A.L. Larsen, Self-Dual Cosmic Strings and Gravitating Vortices in Gauged Sigma Models, Phys. Rev. D67 085019 (2003).
  17. X. Hernandez, T. Matos, R. Sussman and Y. Verbin, Scalar Field "Mini-MACHOs": A New Explanation for Galactic Dark Matter, Phys. Rev. D70 043537
    (2004).
  18. Y. Verbin and A.L. Larsen, Non-Singular Stationary Global Strings, Phys. Rev. D70 085004 (2004).
  19. Y. Verbin and N.K. Nielsen, On The Origin of Kaluza's Idea of Unification and its Relation to Earlier Work by Thirring, General Relativity and Gravitation 37 427 (2005).
  20. Y. Verbin, Sigma Model Q-balls and Q-stars, Phys. Rev. D76 085118 (2007).
  21. Y. J. Brihaye and Y. Verbin, Superconducting and Spinning Non-Abelian Flux Tubes, Phys. Rev. D77 105019 (2008).
  22. Y. Brihaye and Y. Verbin, Spherical Structures in Conformal Gravity and its Scalar-Tensor Extension, Phys. Rev. D80 124048 (2009).
  23. Y. Brihaye and Y. Verbin, Spherical Non-Abelian Solutions in Conformal Gravity, Phys. Rev. D81 044041 (2010).
  24. Y. Brihaye and Y. Verbin, Cylindrically-Symmetric Solutions in Conformal Gravity, Phys. Rev. D81 124022 (2010).
  25. Y. Verbin and Y. Brihaye, Exact String-Like Solutions in Conformal Gravity, General Relativity and Gravitation 43 2847 (2011).
  26. Y. Brihaye and Y. Verbin, Perfect Fluid Spherically-Symmetric Solutions in Massive Gravity, Phys. Rev. D86 024031 (2012).
  27. Aharon Davidson, Shimon Rubin and Yosef Verbin, Can an evolving Universe host a static event horizon? , Phys. Rev. D86 104061 (2012).
  28. Y. Brihaye and Y. Verbin, Self-gravitating spherical solutions of the nonminimally coupled non-Abelian Higgs model, Phys. Rev. D91 064021 (2015).

Reviewed Conference Proceedings

  1. Y. Verbin, Space-Time Curvature and Symmetry Breaking, in: "Superstrings, Anomalies and Unification", proceedings of the 5th Adriatic Meeting on Particle Physics, ed. M. Martinis and I. Andric (World Scientific Publishing Co. 1987), 567.
  2. J. Colding, N.K. Nielsen and Y. Verbin, Physical Interpretation of Cylindrically Symmetric Gravitational Fields. In: Proceedings of The Eighth Marcel Grossmann Meeting on General Relativity, Jerusalem 1997, ed. T. Piran (World Scientific Publishing Co. 1999), 319.
  3. Y. Verbin, S. Madsen, and A.L. Larsen, Gravitating Self-Dual Cylindrical Solutions in Gauged Sigma Models, in: Proceedings of The Tenth Marcel Grossmann Meeting on General Relativity, Rio de Janeiro 2003, ed. M. Novello and S. P. Bergliaffa (World Scientific Publishing Co. 2006), 2389.
  4. Y. Verbin and A.L. Larsen, Non-Singular Global Cosmic Strings, in: Proceedings of the Sixth Alexander Friedmann International Seminar on Gravitation and Cosmology, Cargese, Corsica 2004, Int. J. Mod. Phys. A 20, 2374 (2005).
  5. Y. Verbin and N. K. Nielsen, On the Origin of Kaluza's Idea of Unification, in: Proceedings, Solar and Stellar Physics Through Eclipses, SIDE, Antalya, Turkey, 2006, Ed. O. Demircan, S. O. Selam and B. Albayrak (Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series Vol 370, 2007), 363.
  6. Y. Verbin, Sigma Model Q-Balls and Q-Stars, in: Proceedings of 13th International Symposium on Particles, Strings and Cosmology 2007, Ed. A. Rajantie, C. Contaldi, P. Dauncey and H. Stoica (American Institute of Physics Conference Proceedings Vol 957, 2007), 275.
  7. Y. Verbin, Solitonic and non-Solitonic Q-Stars, in: Proceedings of The Eleventh Marcel Grossmann Meeting on General Relativity, Berlin 2006, ed. H. Kleinert, R. T. Jantzen and R. Ruffini (World Scientific Publishing Co. 2008), 2313.
  8. Y. Verbin and Y. Brihaye, Spherically-Symmetric Gravitational fields in Conformal Gravity and their Sources, in: Proceedings of The Twelfth Marcel Grossmann Meeting on General Relativity, Paris 2009, ed. T. Damour, R. T. Jantzen and R. Ruffini (to be published by World Scientific Publishing Co. 2012).
  9. Y. Verbin, Spherically-Symmetric Polytrope Solutions in Massive Gravity, to be published in: Proceedings of The Thirteenth Marcel Grossmann Meeting on General Relativity, Stockholm 2012, ed. R. T. Jantzen and K. Rosquist (World Scientific Publishing Co. 2015).

Other Conference Presentations

  1. Y. Verbin, The Yang-Mills Vacuum in Anti-de Sitter Space, Presented at the Winter School on Cosmology and Particle Physics, Schladming, Austria, March 1988. Unpublished.
  2. Y. Verbin, Yang-Mills Instantons in Closed Friedmann Universes. Presented at the 12th International Conference on General Relativity and Gravitation, Boulder, Colorado, USA, July 1989. Abstract No. D3:38. Unpublished.
  3. Y. Verbin and A. Davidson, Non-Abelian Wormholes. Presented at the 12th International Conference on General Relativity and Gravitation, Boulder, Colorado, USA, July 1989. Abstract No. D3:38a. Unpublished.
  4. Y. Verbin and A.L. Larsen, Non-Singular Global Cosmic Strings, Presented at the 17th International Conference on General Relativity and Gravitation, Dublin, July 2004. Unpublished.
  5. Y. Verbin, Sigma Model Q-Balls and Q-Stars, Invited talk at: Journees Tourangelles de Relativite, Tours, France, 29 May - 1 June, 2007. Unpublished.
  6. Y. Verbin, Cylindrically-Symmetric Solutions in Conformal Gravity, Invited talk at: 3rd Winter School on Geometry&Physics, Odense, Denmark, November 1-5, 2010. Unpublished.

Books and Chapters in Books

In English

  1. D.J. Amit and Y. Verbin, Statistical Physics: An Introductory Course, 565pp (World Scientific Publishing Co. 1999).
  2. R. Ruffini and Y. Verbin (eds), Matter Particled, Patterns, Structure and Dynamics, Selected Papers of Yuval Ne'eman, 875pp (Imperial College Press & World Scientific Publishing Co. 2006).
  3. Y. Verbin, Introduction to chapter 1: SU(3), Quarks and Symmetry Breaking, in: R. Ruffini and Y. Verbin (eds), Matter Particled, Patterns, Structure and Dynamics, Selectrd Papers of Yuval Ne'eman, [details as above].

In Hebrew

  1. R. Aviv, R. Chen, R. Gilad, Y. Verbin and Y. Shabtai, Introduction to Electricity and Electronics, Chapters 1-5, 326pp (The Open University of Israel, 1978).
  2. Y. Kirsh, Y. Verbin and Y. Shapir, Introduction to Modern Physics, Vol. I-III, 823pp (The Open University of Israel, 1980).
  3. Y. Dothan, Y. Kirsh, Y. Verbin and A. Kapitulnik, Quantum Mechanics and Atomic Structure, 658pp (The Open University of Israel, 1983).
  4. Y. Verbin and S. Shoenbrunn, Second Year Physics Experiments, 167pp (Tel Aviv University, 1985).
  5. A. Armoni and Y. Verbin, Electricity and Magnetism - Problems and Solutions, 341pp (The Open University of Israel, 1998).
  6. Y. Verbin, Quantum Theory A, 819pp (The Open University of Israel, 2001).
  7. Y. Kirsh and Y. Verbin, Electricity and Magnetism Study Guide, 250pp (2nd edition, The Open University of Israel, 2004).
  8. Y. Verbin, Analytical Mechanics Study Guide (242pp 1st edition, The Open University of Israel, 2000; 248pp 2nd edition, The Open University of Israel, 2007).
  9. D.J. Amit and Y. Verbin, Statistical Physics, (502pp 2nd edition, The Open University of Israel, 1995; 579pp 3rd edition, The Open University of Israel, 2008).
  10. Y. Verbin, Relativistic Electrodynamics, Ch 8 of the Open University course Analytical Electromagnetism, 126pp (The Open University of Israel, 2009).
  11. Y. Verbin, Analytical Electromagnetism Study Guide, Problems and Solutions, 138pp (The Open University of Israel, 2010).

Education and Popularization

  1. Y. Verbin, The Doppler Phenomenon, KIMAT 2000 2 32 (1994). In Hebrew.
  2. Y. Verbin, A Brief History of Gravitation, Galileo 43 16 (2001). In Hebrew.
  3. Y. Verbin and A. Rosen, About Problems of Applying the Bohr Model for an Electron in a Magnetic Field, TEHUDA (="Resonance"), 22 no.1 59 (2001). In Hebrew.
  4. M. Karliner, A. Levy, E. Rabinovici, R. Ruffini and Y. Verbin (signed: Yuval's friends), Yuval Ne'eman 1925-2006, CERN Courrier 46 no. 6 38 (2006).
  5. Y. Verbin, Boundary Conditions and Modes of the Vertically Hanging Chain, Eur J Phys., 36 (2015) 015005.
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