Tal Schwartz, born in Haifa, Israel, studied physics at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. He received his PhD in 2008 for his research on nonlinear dynamics in stochastic optical systems under the supervision of Prof. Moti Segev. During his PhD he studied the transport of light in disordered waveguide arrays, photorefractive optical solitons and pattern formation in nonlinear optical systems. He had several achievemnets, including the first observation of Anderson localization in disordered photonic lattices and the first observation of spontaneous pattern formation with white light. He then moved to France for his postdoctoral studies at the Laboratory for Nanostructures led by Prof. Thomas Ebbesen at Strasbourg University under a Rothschild Fellowship from Yad Hanadiv Foundation and a Chateaubriand Fellowship from the French Embassy in Israel. There he studied the interaction of light with organic molecules in nanostructures, focusing on strong coupling in organic cavities and plasmonic nanostructures. In 2012 he joined Tel Aviv University as a senior lecturer at the School of Chemistry, where he is currently establishing his independent research group.


Selected Publications

  • T. Schwartz, Plasmonic Mirrorless Optical Parametric Oscillator, ACS Photonics5, 4265 (2018).
  • K. Akulov, D. Bochman, A. Golombek and T. Schwartz, Long-Distance Resonant Energy Transfer Mediated by Hybrid Plasmonic-Photonic Modes, J. Phys. Chem. C, 122, 15853 (2018).
  • G.G. Rozenman, K. Akulov, A. Golombek and T. SchwartzLong-Range Transport of Organic Exciton-Polaritons Revealed by Ultrafast Microscopy, ACS Photonics, (2017).
  • E. Eizner, K. Akulov, T. Schwartz and T. Ellenbogen, Temporal Dynamics of Localized Exciton-Polaritons in Composite Organic-Plasmonic Metasurfaces. Nano Lett. 17, 7675 (2017).
  • J. A. Hutchison, T. Schwartz, C. Genet, E. Devaux and T. W. Ebbesen, Modifying chemical landscapes by coupling to vacuum fields. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 51, 1592 (2012).
  • T. Schwartz, J. A. Hutchison, C. Genet and T. W. Ebbesen, Reversible switching of ultrastrong light-molecule coupling. Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 196405 (2011).
  • T. Schwartz, G. Bartal, S. Fishman and M. Segev, Transport and Anderson localization in disordered two-dimensional photonic lattices. Nature 446, 52 (2007).
  • T. Schwartz, H. Buljan, T. Carmon and M. Segev, Spontaneous pattern formation with incoherent white light. Phys. Rev. Lett. 93, 223901 (2004).


Awards and Fellowships


Alon Fellowship for young faculty, Council for Higher Education, Israel


Yad-Hanadiv Rothschild Post-Doctorate Fellowship


Chateaubriand Fellowship, French embassy in Israel


Sir Charles Clore Fellowship for outstanding PhD students


Wolf Prize for excellent PhD students


Special Gutwirth award for outstanding graduate students




PhD at the physics department, Technion, Israel, under the supervision of Prof. Mordechai Segev. Title of dissertation: "Nonlinear Dynamics and Effects in Optical Systems".


M.Sc at the physics department, Technion, Israel, under the supervision of Prof. Mordechai Segev.


B.A. in Physics, Technion, Israel (graduated Cum Laude).


Previous Employment


Post-doctorate at Institut de Science et d'Ingénierie Supramoléculaires (ISIS), University of Strasbourg, France


R&D, Optimaze Telecom LTD, Israel


R&D, Beamworks LTD, Israel


Fields of Interest

  • Light-matter interactions in optical cavities
  • Polaritons dynamics and collective effects
  • Photophysics of organic molecules
  • Optical properties of metallic nanoparticles
  • Surface plasmons in nano-structures
  • Nonlinear dynamics in optical systems