Ofer completed his PhD in the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, where he studied atomic, molecular and optical physics with an emphasis on nonlinear optics. He developed theoretical models to understand the importance and role of symmetries in extreme light-matter interactions, and for spectroscopically probing molecular chirality.
As a Schmidt Science Fellow, Ofer aims to theoretically explore strong light-matter interactions in condensed matter systems, including two-dimensional, strongly-correlated, and topological materials. Working in the group of Prof. Angel Rubio in the Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter, he plans to learn state-of-the-art numerical methods such as real-time time-dependent density functional theory, as well as develop new approaches, which he would employ for predicting novel methods for controlling material properties, and for understanding the underlying physics of ultrafast light-induced processes in solids.
Ofer is highly interested in the research of fundamental physical phenomena that involve light and matter, as well as by real-world applications of using light to control matter and improve devices.