I am a Zuckerman Postdoctoral Fellow at Tel Aviv University, working on probability theory in discrete systems and statistical physics. I am broadly interested in discrete systems that undergo phase transition phenomena.

My research has two main focus areas: first, I work on lattice models, such as the random-cluster model, the six-vertex model, or the loop-O(n) model. More specifically, I have been working on using tools from probability, analysis, and exactly solvable systems to gain insight into the critical behavior of some classical models of statistical physics.

I am also interested in large deviations of random graphs, and the phase transitions associated with them - especially the ones that fit into the replica-symmetric/replica-symmetry breaking paradigm.

I am working in the group of Prof. Ron Peled . Before I was in Tel Aviv, I spent a year as a postdoc at IHES Paris working with Prof. Hugo Duminil-Copin, and two years in the probabiilty group at the University of Geneva, headed by Prof. Stanislav Smirnov and Prof. Duminil-Copin. I completed my PhD at the Courant Institute, where I was advised by Prof. Sourav Chaterjee, currently at Stanford University, and Prof. Joel Spencer.

Curriculum vitae available here.


N. Crawford, A. Glazman, M. Harel, R. Peled. Macroscopic loops in the loop O(n) model via the XOR trick | arxiv

H. Duminil-Copin, M. Harel, B. Laslier, A. Raoufi, G. Ray. Roughness of the height function for square-ice | arxiv

M. Aizenman, M. Harel, R. Peled. Exponential decay of correlations in the 2D random field Ising model | To appear in Journal of Statistical Physics: special issue dedicated to Joel Lebowitz | arxiv

M. Harel, F. Mousset, W. Samotij. Upper tails via high moments and entropic stability | Submitted | arxiv

M. Harel, Y. Spinka. Finitary codings for the random-cluster model and other infinite-range monotone models | Submitted | arxiv

H. Duminil-Copin, M. Gangebin, M. Harel, I. Manolescu, V. Tassion. Discontinuity of the phase transition for the planar random-cluster and Potts models with q >4 | Submitted | arxiv

H. Duminil-Copin, M. Gangebin, M. Harel, I. Manolescu, V. Tassion. The Bethe Ansatz for the six-vertex and XXZ models: an exposition | Probability Surveys, 15, 102-130 | arxiv

M. Harel, E. Mossel, P. Strack, O. Tamuz. Rational Groupthink | Submitted | arxiv

S. Chatterjee, M. Harel. Localization in Random Geometric Graphs With Too Many Edges | To appear in Annals of Probability | arxiv

A. Kleinman, M. Harel, L. Pachter. Affine and Projective Tree Metric Theorems | Annals of Combinatorics, 17(1), 205-228 | arxiv

Contact details

Address: Matan Harel
Tel Aviv University
30 Chaim Levanon Street
Tel Aviv, Israel
Email: matanharel8 ÅT tauex DOT tau DOT ac DOT il