Itzik Ben-Itzhak

University distinguished professor of physics

ben-itzhakItzik Ben-Itzhak, university distinguished professor of physics, focuses his research on the interaction of intense ultrashort laser pulses with molecular ions, with the long-term goal of gaining sufficient understanding of these processes so that they may be controlled at the quantum mechanical level. He also studies the physics of atomic and molecular collisions.

The work is carried out in the James R. Macdonald Laboratory, of which Ben-Itzhak is also the director. The laboratory is in the department of physics and includes 15 graduate faculty in atomic, molecular and optical physics. The laboratory is supported, in part, by $2.5 million each year from the U.S. Department of Energy. Ben-Itzhak is currently overseeing the installation of a major new laser system funded by a separate $1.3 million Department of Energy grant.

Ben-Itzhak has received collaborative funding from the National Science Foundation and the Binational Science Foundation. He has given nearly 50 invited talks at conferences and departments across the globe, and he has written more than 130 articles in journals, conference proceedings and books. He currently advises six graduate students and has mentored five graduate students and five postdoctoral fellows in the past. Undergraduate students working with him have been particularly prolific and have co-authored more than 63 articles.

Ben-Itzhak received the Rosi and Max Varon Visiting Professorship at the Weizmann Institute of Science in 2003. He was named a fellow of the American Physical Society in 2002 and received the Schwenk Teaching Award in 2000. He came to Kansas State University in 1986 as a research associate in the James R. Macdonald Laboratory. He attended the Israel Institute of Technology, where he earned his doctorate, master's degree and bachelor's degree.

Ben-Itzhak can be reached at 785-532-1636 or