Martin Israel

Martin H. Israel

​Professor of Physics
PhD, California Institute of Technology
BS, University of Chicago
research interests:
  • Astrophysics
  • Cosmic Rays

contact info:

mailing address:

  • CB 1105
  • ST. LOUIS, MO 63130-4899

​Professor Israel has experience with balloon- and satellite-borne instrumentation for cosmic-ray astrophysics extending back to his joining the Washington University faculty in 1968.

Israel was a co-investigator on the Trans-Iron Galactic Element Recorder (TIGER) experiment. Subsequently, he and his colleagues flew a larger SuperTIGER, a balloon-borne Cosmic Ray experiment, which had a record-breaking 55-day flight over Antarctica in December 2012 - January 2013.  

He also works with co-investigators at Washington University, Caltech, JPL, and NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center on analysis of data from the Cosmic Ray Isotope Spectrometer (CRIS) on the Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE) spacecraft, which has been returning data on the isotopic composition of cosmic rays from near the L1 Lagrange point on the Earth-Sun line since 1997. Israel is also working with investigators at University of Hawaii and other institutions on the ANtarctic Impulsive Transient Antenna (ANITA), a balloon-borne instrument that flew over Antarctica in December 2006 searching for extremely high energy (>1018 eV) neutrinos and detecting cosmic rays of energy ~1019 eV.  Since then, ANITA-II, III, and IV launched, the latter in December 2016.



Alfred P. Sloan Fellow
NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Award
Academy of Science of St. Louis, Fellows Award



Full publications list

Recent Courses

Physics I (Physics 197)

Calculus-based introduction to the central concepts, laws, and structure of physics, presented in an active learning environment. The course is structured around three themes that are treated in depth: conservation laws, Newtonian physics, and special relativity. A daily regimen of homework and reading, as well as weekly homework assignments, small group problem-solving exercises, and active class participation are integral parts of this course.

    Physics II (Physics 198)

    An advanced, calculus-based introduction to central concepts in modern physics in an active learning environment for students who desire to major in physics or another physical science, or who have a special interest in physics. The course is structured around three themes that are treated in depth: electricity and magnetism, quantum physics, and statistical and thermal physics. A daily regimen of homework and reading as well as active class participation are integral parts of the course.

      General Physics II (Physics 118A)

      Continuation of Physics 117. Calculus-based introduction to concepts, laws, and structure of physics. Topics include electromagnetic forces and fields, direct current circuits, capacitance and inductance, electromagnetic radiation, light, geometrical and physical optics, interference and diffraction, early quantum theory, and nuclear physics.