Dr. Zigler has more than 30 years of experience in experimental physics in area of electro-optics, spectroscopy, high power lasers, plasma physics, interaction of high intensity ultra short pulse laser with matter. He is a Full Professor at Racah Institute of Physics at Hebrew University of Jerusalem and visiting Professor at Nat.Inst. Nuc. Phys. (INFN) Frascati Italy. Consulting to numerous companies in USA. Dr. Zigler has published over 200 scientific publications delivered numerous invited talks at scientific conferences and holds 12 patents. He is a fellow of American Physics Society.
1968 - 1971: B. Sc. - Hebrew University , Jerusalem , Israel.
1972 - 1974: M. Sc. - Hebrew University, Jerusalem , Israel.
1975 - 1978: Ph.D. - Hebrew University, Jerusalem , Israel.
1978- 1981 Senior Researcher Soreq Research Center Israel, Group Leader of XUV and X-ray spectroscopy experiments
1981-1982 Senior Scientist INESCO Tokamak project San Diego Ca, USA Responsible for diagnostics package for compact Tokamak experiment.
1982 -1983 Visiting Scientist, Plasma Fusion Center, M.I.T, Cambridge MA, USA Developed K beta diagnostic for Alcator C Tokamak
1983- 1985 Head of Experimental Plasma Branch, Soreq NRC Israel Dealt with theoretical and experimental study of spectroscopy of highly ionized heavy atoms
1985 Visiting Scientist, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA. Study of interaction of high power laser and developed point backlighting source for fusion studies
1986- 1987 Visiting Scientist, Dept. of Physics, University of California, Berkeley, USA. Introduce ultra fast switching X-ray radiation
1987-1991 Head of Plasma Physics Department, Soreq Research Center Israel. Leader of R&D activities of 20 Ph.D researchers in the fields of laser-plasma interactions, X-ray radiation, shockwave phenomena and nonlinear optics. The application of one of methods is widely used for interpretation of laser-produced plasma experiments as well as of radiative properties of stellar plasmas is highly cited (above 220).
1991- 1992 Senior Physicist, ARCO Power Technologies, Inc., Washington DC, USA. Was responsible for physics aspects of design and development of airborne laser-optical instruments for detection oil films and trace elements in water. The work has led to two patents.
1992- 1995 Associate Professor, The Racah Institute of Physics, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Leader of research group, deals with interaction of ultra short laser radiation with solids, laser wake field acceleration in plasmas, and x-ray lasers.
1995 Full Professor, The Racah Institute of Physics of Physics, Hebrew University Main activities are in the field of electron and proton acceleration. More than 30 publications related electron accelerations were published and widely cited (more than 200), intense laser propagation in the atmosphere. Our works on laser filamentation the atmosphere are also highly cited.
2000- 2001 Senior Researcher, Naval Research Laboratory /FMtech, Washington DC. Dealt with interaction of ultra short pulse laser with solid targets (sabbatical)
2006-2007 Senior Researcher, Naval Research Laboratory/Icarus, Washington DC Development of capillary discharges for intense laser guiding (sabbatical)
2007 Louis and Ida Shlansky Chair of Physics at Faculty of Science, Hebrew University
2012- 2014 Visiting Professor University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, USA
2014 - Visiting Professor INFN , Frascati , Italy
2000 - Fellow American Physics Society - In recognition of his fundamental experimental contributions to the field of ultra high intensity laser matter interactions