Prof. Jorge Berger

Prof. Jorge Berger

Prof. Jorge Berger

Department: Optical Engineering
Current Position: Professor

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Education :

Ph.D.1980 Physics, Technion, Haifa, Israel

MS.c.1973 Physics, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel

Licencia 1970 Physics, Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile



Refereed Papers

  1. J. Berger and R.M. Hornreich, Temperature dependence of the field induced magnetization reorientation in Dzialoshinsky-Moriya type weak ferromagnets, Journal of Physics and Chemistry of Solids 34 (1973), pp. 2011-2020
  2. J. Berger, Ordered motion of a plasma under appropriate geometry and external magnetic field, Collective Phenomena 2 (1977), pp. 171-174.
  3. J. Berger and S.G. Eckstein, Criterion for nonexponential decay, Physical Review A 26 (1982) pp. 1226-1227.
  4. J. Berger and S.G. Eckstein, Quasiparticle properties for a dense electron gas within the random-phase approximation, Physical Review B 26 (1982) pp. 4305-4311
  5. M. Privman, J. Berger and D.S. Tannhauser, Structure of ITO electrodes on zirconia, Thin Solid Films 102 (1983) pp. 117-122.
  6. J. Berger and D.S. Tannhauser, Personal computer as an inexpensive lock-in analyzer operating at very low frequencies, Review of Scientific Instruments 54 (1983) pp. 1781-1783.
  7. J. Berger, Drift of excitons induced by static electromagnetic field, Solid State Communication 53 (1985), pp. 387-389.
  8. J. Berger, Relationship between angular distribution of reflected particles and the second principle of thermodynamics in the presence of a magnetic field, American Journal of Physics 53 (1985) pp. 899-902.
  9. J. Berger, I. Riess and D.S. Tannhauser, Dynamic measurement of oxygen diffusion in indium-tin oxide, Solid State Ionics 15 (1985) pp. 225-231.
  10. J. Berger, Comment on “Gas concentration nonuniformity and kinetic anistropy in high vacuum”, Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology A 5 (1987) p. 382.
  11.  J. Berger, On potential energy, its force field and their measurement along an air track, European Journal of Physics 9 (1988), pp. 47-50.
  12. J. Berger, Kinetic illustration for thermalization, American Journal of Physics 56 (1988) pp. 923-928.
  13. J. Adler, J. Berger, J.A.M.S. Duarte and Y. Meir, Directed percolation in 3+1 dimensions, Physical Review B 37 (1988) pp. 7529-7533.
  14. J. Berger, Do heavy gases fall? European Journal of Physics 9 (1988) p. 335
  15. J. Berger, Szilard’s demon revisited, International Journal of Theoretical Physics 29 (1990) pp. 985-995.
  16. J. Berger, An almost simple counterexample to “microscopic inversibility”, European Journal of Physics 11 (1990) pp. 155-159.
  17. E. Berger and J. Berger, A game with a non-obvious symmetry, European Journal of Physics 11 (1990) pp. 245-247.
  18. T. Tlusty and J. Berger, A simple maximization technique for statistical mechanics expressions, American Journal of Physics 60 (1992) pp. 379-380.
  19. J. Berger and A. Aharony, Field-dependent magnetic phases in La2CuO4 at zero temperature, Physical Review B 46 (1992) pp. 6477-6487
  20. J. Berger and A. Aharony, Temperature dependence of the field-induced magnetic phases in La2CuO4, Physical Review B 47 (1993) pp. 1016-1023.
  21. J. Berger, R.M. Hornreich and M. Warner, Instabilities and melting in a two-dimensional magnetic dipolar system, Physica A 194 (1993) pp. 199-208.
  22. J. Berger, The fight against the second law of thermodynamics, Physics Essays 7 (1994) pp. 281-296.
  23. J. E. Avron and J. Berger, Tiling rules for toroidal molecules, Physical Review A 51 (1995) pp. 1146-1149.
  24. J. Berger and J. Rubinstein, Topology of the order parameter in the Little-Parks experiment, Physical Review Letters 75 (1995) pp. 320-322.
  25. J. Berger and J.E. Avron, A classification scheme for toroidal molecules, Journal of the Chemical Society – Faraday Transactions 91 (1995) pp. 4037-4045.
  26. J. E. Avron, J. Berger and Y. Last, Piezoelectricity: quantized charge transport driven by adiabatic deformations, Physical Review Letters 78 (1997) pp. 511-514.
  27. J. Berger and J. Rubinstein, Signatures for the second critical point in the phase diagram of a superconducting ring, Physical Review B 56 (1997) pp. 5124-5127.
  28. J. Berger and J. Rubinstein, Formation of topological defects in thin superconducting rings, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A 355 (1997) pp. 1969-1978.
  29. J. Berger and J. Rubinstein, Design for the detection of the singly-connected superconducting state, Physica C 288 (1997) pp. 105-114.
  30. J. Avron and J. Berger, Toroidal graphitic molecules, Fullerene Science and Technology 6 (1998) pp. 31-37.
  31. J. Berger and J. Rubinstein, Bifurcation analysis for phase transitions in superconducting rings with nonuniform thickness, SIAM Journal of Applied Mathematics 58 (1998) pp. 103-121.
  32. J. Avron and J. Berger, The Longuet-Higgins phase and charge transport in molecular rings, Chemical Physics Letters 294 (1998) pp. 13-18.
  33. J. Berger and J. Rubinstein, Flux-induced vortex in mesoscopic superconducting loops, Physical Review B 59 (1999) pp. 8896-8901.
  34. J. Avron and J. Berger, Quantum transport in molecular rings and chains, Proceedings of the Royal Society A 455 (1999) pp. 2729-2750.
  35. J. Berger and J. Rubinstein, On the zero set of the wave function in superconductivity, Communications in Mathematical Physics 202 (1999) pp. 621-628.
  36. J. Berger, Position of a vortex in mesoscopic samples, Physica C 332 (2000) pp. 281-284.
  37. J. Berger, Order of the normal-superconducting transition in mesoscopic rings, Physica B 284-288 (2000) pp. 1886-1887.
  38. J. Berger, Spontaneous breaking of axial symmetry for the Schrödinger equation in the presence of a magnetic field, Physical Review B 63 (2001) pp. 172507(1-3).
  39. J. Berger and J. Rubinstein, Continuous phase transitions in mesoscopic systems, Zeitschrift für angewandte Mathematik und Physik 52 (2001) pp. 347-355.
  40. J. Berger, Flux transitions in a superconducting ring, Physical Review B 67 (2003) pp. 014531(1-7).
  41. J. Berger, Extension of the de Broglie-Bohm theory to the Ginzburg-Landau equation, Foundations of Physics Letters 17 (2004) pp. 287-294.
  42. J. Berger, Noise rectification by a superconducting loop with two weak links, Physical Review B 70 (2004) pp. 024524(1-6).
  43. J. Berger, Nonlinearity of the field induced by a rotating superconducting shell, Physical Review B 70 (2004) pp. 212502(1-3).
  44. J. Berger, The Chernogolovka Experiment, Physica E 29 (2005) pp. 100-103.
  45. J. Berger, Time-dependent Ginzburg-Landau equations with charged boundaries, Journal of Mathematical Physics 46 (2005) pp. 095106 (1-14).
  46. J. Berger, Spontaneous superconducting islands and Hall voltage in superconductors with large electric penetration depth, Physical Review B 71 (2005) pp. 174504 (1-11).
  47. J. Berger, Ginzburg-Landau equations with consistent Langevin terms for nonuniform wires, Physical Review B 75 (2007) pp. 184522 (1-18).
  48. A. Kanda, B. J. Baelus, D. Y. Vodolazov, J. Berger, R. Furugen, Y. Ootuka, and F. M. Peeters, Evidence for a different type of vortex that mediates a continuous fluxoid-state transition in a mesoscopic superconducting ring, Physical Review B 76 (2007) pp. 094519 (1-8).
  49. J. Berger, Consistent Langevin terms in the numeric treatment of superconducting wires, Physica C 468 (2008) pp 268-271.
  50. J. Berger, Confinement into a metastable state with persistent current by thermal quenching of loop of Josephson junctions, Physica C 468 (2008) pp 294-298.
  51. J. Berger, A. Kanda, R. Furugen, and Y.Ootuka, Location of flux-induced vortex, Physica C 468 (2008) pp 848–851.
  52. J. Berger, Derivation of the Langevin equation from the principle of detailed balance, The Journal of Statistical Mechanics: Theory and Experiment (2010) P07022 (11 pages).
  53. J. Berger, The influence of thermal fluctuations on uniform and nonuniform superconducting rings according to the Ginzburg–Landau and the Kramer–Watts-Tobin models, Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter 23 (2011) pp. 225701(1-13).
  54. J. Berger, Thermal fluctuations in superconducting rings with general shape, Physical Review B 83 (2011) pp. 172504 (1-3).
  55. J. Berger and M. Milosevic, Fluctuations in superconducting rings with two order parameters, Physical Review B 84 (2011) pp. 214515 (1-9).
  56. J. Berger, Supercurrent fluctuations in filaments, Physical Review B 85 (2012) pp. 144507(1-8).
  57. G. Drachuck, M. Shay, G. Bazalitsky, J. Berger, and A. Keren, Parallel and perpendicular susceptibility above Tc in La2-xSrxCuO4 single crystals, Physical Review B 85 (2012) pp. 184518 (1-7).
  1. J. Berger and J. Rubinstein (eds.), Connectivity and Superconductivity, Springer Verlag, Lecture Notes in Physics, vol. m62 (2000).
  2. J. Berger, Y. Oreg, D. Shahar, and B. Shapiro (guest editors), Volume 468/4 of Physica C devoted to Fluctuations and Phase Transitions in Superconductors (2008).
  3. J. Berger, Mechanics à la Braude (a textbook in mechanics at extended level, ~140 pages), Magnes Press (accepted).
Book Chapters
  1.  J. Berger, The fight against the second law of thermodynamics, in Horizons of Physics, Vol. II (New Age, 1996, A.W. Joshi, editor) pp. 62-89.
  2. J. Berger, J. Rubinstein and M. Schatzman, Multiply connected mesoscopic superconducting structures in “Calculus of Variations and Differential Equations” (A. Ioffe, S. Reich and I. Shafrir, editors), Chapman & Hall/CRC Research Notes in Mathematics Series, Vol. 410, CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, 2000, pp. 21-40.
  3. J. Berger, Zero set of the order parameter, especially in rings in “Connectivity and Superconductivity” (J. Berger and J. Rubinstein, editors), Springer Verlag, Lecture Notes in Physics, vol. m62 (2000), pp. 138-173.

Conference Proceedings and Abstracts

  1. S.G. Eckstein and J. Berger, A superfluid with mixed singlet and triplet pairs, in “Liquid and Solid Helium” (John Wiley, 1975, C. G. Kuper et al., editors), pp. 171-175.
  2. J. Berger, Objectivity of thermodynamic quantities, in “Quantum Limits to the Second Law” (AIP, 2002, D. P. Sheehan, editor), pp. 456-459.
  3. J. Berger, Fluctuations in a Superconducting Wire, AIP Conf. Proc. 850 (2006) 773.
  4. J. Berger, A nonconventional scenario for thermal equilibrium, Foundations of Physics 37 (2007) pp. 1738-1743.
  5. J. Berger, Fluctuation superconductivity in uniform and nonuniform rings, Journal of Physics: Conference Series 150 (2009) 052020 (1-4).
  6. J. Berger, Fluctuation current in superconducting loops, Journal of Physics: Conference Series, accepted (LT26, scheduled for 2012).

Academic Appointments

2005-present Associate Professor, Ort-Braude College

2001 Senior Researcher A, Technion

200 Senior Lecturer, Ort-Braude College

2000 Senior Researcher B, Technion

1997 Senior Teaching Associate, Technion

1993 Senior Research Associate, Technion

1983 Lecturer, University of Haifa

1980 Research Associate with teaching option, Technion

Teaching Experience

ORT Braude College of Engineering:

Undergraduate Courses:Physics for Biotechnologists Modern Physics for Biotechnologists Physics for Software Engineers MechanicsMechanics, Extended LevelElectromagnetismElectromagnetism, Extended LevelModern Physics, Extended LevelElectromagnetic Phenomena in Solids

Dep. of Physics, Technion: Mechanics. Dep. of Education in Tech. & Science, Technion: Enrichment course for intermediate-school teachers.Oranim (College): Basic Concepts in Science.Weizmann Institute: Adaptation course for new immigrant high-school teachers.Feinberg Graduate School, Weizmann Institute: Assistant teacher in Statistical Mechanics.Oranim (University of Haifa): Statistical Mechanics; Thermodynamics; Electromagnetism; Laboratories (mainly in modern physics); Selected Topics in Physics.Center for Pre-Academic Studies, Technion: General Physics.
• Israel Science Foundation, Dynamic Phenomena in Mesoscopic Supercoductors, Oct 2010 – Sept 2014; 195,000 NIS per year. Principal investigators: Jacob Rubinstein and Jorge Berger.• Israel Science Foundation, Broken Symmetry and Spontaneous Topological Charges in Multi-Connected Superconductors, Oct 2003 – Sept 2006; 191,000 NIS per year. Principal investigators: Jorge Berger and Boris Shapiro.• Israel Science Foundation, Patterns in the Ginzburg-Landau Equation, Oct 1998 – Sept 2001; 108,000 NIS per year. Principal investigators: Jacob Rubinstein and Jorge Berger.

Professional Activities

Head of the Physics Department at ORT Braude College during Oct. 2006 – Sept. 2010.Reviewing for professional journals on a regular basis: Physical Review Reviewing for professional journals (sporadic): Science, Mathematical Reviews, Europhysics Letters, Physica A, Physica C, American Journal of Physics, Journal of Mathematical Physics, Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling, Computational Materials Science, Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, International Journal of Theoretical Physics, Physics Letters A.Member of the Editorial Board of the virtual journal “Entropy” ( during the years 2003-2006.Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the Workshop “Fluctuations and Phase Transitions in Superconductors”, Nazareth Illit, June 10-14, 2007.Member of the Organizing Committee of the 2005 annual meeting of the Israel Physical Society.Member of the team that developed the program for BSc in Optical Engineering at ORT Braude College

  • Superconductivity
  • Brownian motors
  • Molecular dynamics
  • Science teaching
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