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Bel, Golan

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Bel, Golan
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Research topics

Equilibrium and Non-equilibrium statistical physics; Single molecule spectroscopy; Non-linear dynamics; Climate predictions.


Past graduate students *

  1. Dan Wexler, MSc (2020)
* Past students / postdocs data might be incomplete

Research highlights

Dynamics and escape of active particles

Dynamics and escape of active particles
Dependence of the effective temperatures on the active force correlation time.

The dynamics of active particles is of interest at many levels and is the focus of theoretical
and experimental research. There have been many attempts to describe the dynamics of particles
affected by random active forces in terms of an effective temperature. However, there in no unique definition of the effective temperature. We study the dynamics of trapped particles subjected to both thermal and active forces. We found that over a large fraction of the parameter space, the potential
energy effective temperature may be used to describe the escape process of trapped active particles. The results are relevant to many systems ranging from the dynamics of bacteria to sheared glasses.


  1. Bel, G. And Connaughton, C. P. And Toots, M. And Bandi, M. M., "Grid-Scale Fluctuations And Forecast Error In Wind Power", New Journal Of Physics 18, 023015 (2016)
  2. Yizhaq, Hezi And Bel, Golan, "Effects Of Quenched Disorder On Critical Transitions In Pattern-Forming Systems", New Journal Of Physics 18, 023004 (2016)
  3. Ashkenazy, Yosef And Gildor, Hezi And Bel, Golan, "The Effect Of Stochastic Wind On The Infinite Depth Ekman Layer Model", Epl 111, 39001 (2015)
  4. Bel, Golan And Brown, Frank L. H., "Theory Of Single Molecule Emission Spectroscopy", Journal Of Chemical Physics 142, 174104 (2015)
  5. Kinast, Shai And Zelnik, Yuval R. And Bel, Golan And Meron, Ehud, "Interplay Between Turing Mechanisms Can Increase Pattern Diversity", Physical Review Letters 112, 078701 (2014)
  6. Bel, Golan And Ashkenazy, Yosef, "The Relationship Between The Statistics Of Open Ocean Currents And The Temporal Correlations Of The Wind Stress", New Journal Of Physics 15, 053024 (2013)
  7. Munsky, Brian And Nemenman, Ilya And Bel, Golan, "Specificity And Completion Time Distributions Of Biochemical Processes (Vol 131, 235103, 2009)", Journal Of Chemical Physics 136, 209902 (2012)