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A method for mapping and correcting optical distortion conferred by live cell specimens in microscopy that cannot be overcome using optical techniques alone can be used both for light microscopy and confocal microscopy. The system determines the 3D refractive index for the samples, and provides a...

A method for mapping and correcting optical distortion conferred by live cell specimens in microscopy that cannot be overcome using optical techniques alone can be used both for light microscopy and confocal microscopy. The system determines the 3D refractive index for the samples, and provides a method for ray tracing, calculation of 3D space variant point spread, and generalized deconvolution.

Applications


Microscopy: The method was developed and applied for light microscopy, and is of critical importance for detection of weak fluorescently labeled molecules (like GFP fusion proteins) in live cells. It may be applicable also to confocal microscopy and other imaging methods like ultrasound, deep ocean sonar imaging, radioactive imaging, non-invasive deep tissue optical probing and photodynamic therapy. Gradient glasses: The determination of the three-dimensional refractive index of samples allows testing and optimization of techniques for production of gradient glasses. Recently continuous refractive index gradient glasses (GRIN, GRADIUM) were introduced, with applications in high quality optics, microlenses, aspherical lenses, plastic molded optics etc. Lenses built from such glasses can be aberration-corrected at a level, which required doublets and triplets using conventional glasses. Optimized performance of such optics requires ray tracing along curved path, as opposed to straight segments between surface borders of homogeneous glass lenses. Curved ray tracing is computation-intensive and dramatically slows down optimization of optical properties. Our algorithm for ray tracing in gradient refractive index eliminates this computational burden.

Technology's Essence


A computerized package to process three-dimensional images from live biological cells and tissues was developed in order to computationally correct specimen induced distortions that cannot be achieved by optical technique. The package includes: 1. Three-dimensional (3D) mapping of the refractive index of the specimen. 2. Fast method for ray tracing through gradient refractive index medium. 3. Three-dimensional space variant point spread function calculation. 4. Generalized three-dimensional deconvolution.

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  • Prof. Zvi Kam
1151
A method to significantly shorten acquisition times of high-quality MRI images. Multidimensional nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) is used nowadays in many applications (e.g., discovery of new pharmaceutical drugs, characterization of new catalysts, and investigation of the structure and dynamics of...

A method to significantly shorten acquisition times of high-quality MRI images.

Multidimensional nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) is used nowadays in many applications (e.g., discovery of new pharmaceutical drugs, characterization of new catalysts, and investigation of the structure and dynamics of proteins). One drawback of this technique is that, by contrast to one-dimensional spectroscpic methods, multidimensional NMR requires relatively long measurement times associated with hundreds or thousands of scans. This places certain kinds of rapidly-changing systems in Chemistry outside the scope of the technique. Long acquisition times also make this technique ill-suited for in vivo analyses and for clinical measurements in combination with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The current technology allows for the acquisition of multidimentional NMR scans using a single continuous scan, thereby shortening the time needed to acquire high-quality MRI images.

Applications


  • In vivo diagnostics

  • High-throughput proteomics/metabonomics

  • NMR of unstable chemical systems

  • Metabolic dynamics

  • High-resolution NMR in tabletop systems

  • Extensions to non-MR spectroscopies


Advantages


  • Can shorten the acquisition time of any multidimensional spectroscopy experiment by orders of magnitude
  • Compatible with the majority of multidimensional pulse sequences
  • Can be implemented using conventional NMR and MRI hardware

Technology's Essence


The outlined approach, called ultrafast multidimensional NMR, significantly expedites the analysis of the electromagnetic sounds produced, making it possible to acquire complete multidimensional NMR spectra within a fraction of a second. This technology “slices up” the molecular sample into numerous thin layers and then simultaneously performs all the measurements required on every one of these slices. The protocol then integrates these measurements according to their precise location, generating an image that amounts to a full multidimensional spectrum from the entire sample.

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  • Prof. Lucio Frydman
1263
"Spin-optics", a new method for controlling electric current by manipulating electron spin-orbit interaction, can be used in semiconductors to achieve a wider spectrum of functionality similar to that achieved with polarized light. This method may be used for ultra-fast spin-based transistors.

"Spin-optics", a new method for controlling electric current by manipulating electron spin-orbit interaction, can be used in semiconductors to achieve a wider spectrum of functionality similar to that achieved with polarized light. This method may be used for ultra-fast spin-based transistors.

Applications


  • Ultra-fast spin-based field effect transistor (spin-FET) for communications, computing, and defense applications.
  • Nano- and micro-electronic semiconductor devices for polarizing, filtering, switching, guiding, storing, spin detecting and focusing the current carriers.
  • Devices for signal splitting and wide-angle sparging of electrons.

  • Advantages


    • Use of Nou-magnetic semiconductor materials
    • Creation of spin polarize current

    Technology's Essence


    Researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science have discovered a novel method for controlling and manipulating the propagation of electrons in semiconductors with spin-orbit interaction by acting on the spin polarization of the electrons. It was found that when the spin-orbit coupling strength in the semiconductor is locally varying, electrons of different spin polarizations deflect by different angles at the region of the spin-orbit inhomogeneity. The spin-orbit coupling can be tuned locally and dynamically by applying bias voltage with gates. With suitable angle of incidence of electrons, one spin polarization either can pass through the region of inhomogeneity or totally reflected, in analogy to the total internal reflection phenomenon in optics. In fact, this new approach to spintronics is similar to manipulating polarized light in optical technologies. With this approach (termed "spin-optics") it is possible to manipulate the current carriers in semiconductors (electrons or holes) to achieve the whole spectrum of functionality used in optics of the polarized light, e.g., spin polarizing, spin filtering, switching, guiding as well as spin-based field effect transistor (spin-FET).

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    • Prof. Alexander Finkelstein
    1266
    Fast cross-sectioning using multiphoton microscope.  The conventionally used laser-scanning microscopy, confocal and multiphoton microscopy, although being capable of performing optical sectioning, requires a long image acquisition time, tens of milliseconds per section in current commercial systems,...

    Fast cross-sectioning using multiphoton microscope.  The conventionally used laser-scanning microscopy, confocal and multiphoton microscopy, although being capable of performing optical sectioning, requires a long image acquisition time, tens of milliseconds per section in current commercial systems, due to the scanning process. The field of confocal microscopy relies on the idea of point-by-point illumination of a sample and use mechanical scanning in order to collect an image. Multiphoton microscopes offer a different mechanism for optical sectioning and the need for rejecting out-of-focus scattering is practically eliminated. However, the process is efficient only when the peak intensity of the illuminating light is high. Thus there is a growing need to facilitate the multiphoton microscopy imaging of a sample by providing a novel illumination configuration and method of its operation.

    Depth-resolved microscopy has been, for decades, practically synonymous with laser-scanning microscopy. The technique of the present invention provides for full-frame depth-resolved microscopy (or material processing), using an extremely simple setup as well as standard components, aiming at eliminating mechanical scanning across the sample thus making the image acquisition much faster.

     

    Applications


    • Optical system for use in a multi-photon microscope.
    • Material processing, e.g. simultaneous depth-resolved modification of a transparent substrate by femtosecond radiation.

    Advantages


    • The present invention provides for fast imaging/processing of a sample without scanning.
    • The temporal profile of the pulse remains unchanged as it propagates through the sample.
    • Single-shot depth resolved microscopy is able to capture extremely rapid dynamics, up to the nanosecond regime.
    • The setup enables full-frame video-rate fluorescence lifetime imaging, simply by gating the CCD intensifier.
    • Enables utilization of structure illumination microscopy.
    • Can be used with practically any multiphoton process.

    Technology's Essence


    The present invention provides the ability for illuminating a region of a sample with dimensions many orders of magnitude larger than a diffraction-limited spot of the imaging lens arrangement used in the microscope. Using this method, full-frame depth-resolved microscopy can be achieved using an extremely simple setup and standard components. the proposed microscope utilizes a pulse manipulator arrangement including a temporal pulse manipulator configured to define a surface, which extends perpendicular to the optical axis of a microscope in the front focal plane of an imaging lens arrangement, and which is patterned to affect trajectories of light components of the input short pulse impinging onto different points of this surface to direct these light components along different optical paths.

    This novel invention is not limited to imaging techniques in general and to microscopy in particular and can also be used for material processing.

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    • Prof. Yaron Silberberg
    1447
    A cheap and effective solution for protecting RFID tags from power attacks. RFID tags are secure tags present in many applications (e.g. secure passports). They are poised to become the most far-reaching wireless technology since the cell phone, with worldwide revenues expected to reach $2.8 billion in...

    A cheap and effective solution for protecting RFID tags from power attacks.

    RFID tags are secure tags present in many applications (e.g. secure passports). They are poised to become the most far-reaching wireless technology since the cell phone, with worldwide revenues expected to reach $2.8 billion in 2009. RFID tags were believed to be immune to power analysis attacks since they have no direct connection to an external power supply. However, recent research has shown that they are vulnerable to such attacks, since it is possible to measure their power consumption without actually needing either tag or reader to be physically touched by the attacker. Furthermore, this attack may be carried out even if no data is being transmitted between the tag and the attacker, making the attack very hard to detect. The current invention overcomes these problems by a slight modification of the tag's electronic system, so that it will not be vulnerable to power analysis.

    Applications


    • Improved security of RFID tags.

    Advantages


    • Simple and cost-effective
    • The design involves changes only to the RF front-end of the tag, making it the quickest to roll-out


    Technology's Essence


    An RFID system consists of a high-powered reader communicating with a tag using a wireless medium. The reader generates a powerful electromagnetic field around itself and the tag responds to this field. In passive systems, placing a tag inside the reader's field also provides it with the power it needs to operate. According to the inventive concept, the power consumption of the computational element is detached from the power supply of the tag. Thus, the present invention can almost eliminate the power consumption information.

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    • Prof. Adi Shamir
    1481
    In recent years, there has been a growing interest in the development of nanoscale magnetic and thermal characterization tools in order to address rapidly evolving fields, such as nanomagnetism, spintronics and energy-efficient computing. The requirements from these tools include high sensitivity and...

    In recent years, there has been a growing interest in the development of nanoscale magnetic and thermal characterization tools in order to address rapidly evolving fields, such as nanomagnetism, spintronics and energy-efficient computing. The requirements from these tools include high sensitivity and high spatial resolution to enable local detection and accurate measurements of extremely low signals. For example, the energy dissipation mechanism in quantum systems is related to preservation of quantum information, which is of particular importance in the field of quantum computing. Available local magnetic imaging methods suffer from low sensitivity and in some cases, low spatial resolution. On the other hand, energy dissipation is not a readily measurable quantity on the nanometer scale and existing thermal imaging methods are not sensitive enough for studying quantum systems and are unsuitable for low temperature operation.

    A novel sensor device comprising a nanoscale superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) was developed by Prof. Zeldov at the Weizmann Institute of Science. The fabrication method enables the miniaturization of the sensor to an effective diameter of below 50 nm and its integration onto the apex of a very sharp tip that is ideally suited for scanning probe microscopy. The extremely small size of the SQUID-on-tip sensor and the ability to approach very close to the sample surface result in nano-metric spatial resolution and a very sensitivity.

    Applications


    ·         Scanning probe microscopy for magnetic and thermal characterization

    ·         Inspection and probing equipment for quantum computing


    Advantages


    • Simple fabrication process

    • High field sensitivity and bandwidth

    • Nanoscale sensors (down to 46 nm in diameter)

    • Tip-sample distance can be as close as a few nanometers


    Technology's Essence


    A SQUID is a very sensitive magnetometer used to measure extremely subtle magnetic fields, based on superconducting loops. The present invention is a novel sensor device, based on a nanoscale two-junction or multi-junction SQUIDs fabricated on the edge of a sharp tip in a three dimensional geometric configuration. In such a setup, the SQUID can approach the sample to a distance of few nanometers, as opposed to the conventional planar SQUIDs, which results in an extremely high sensitivity.

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    • Prof. Eli Zeldov
    1529
    We present an efficient and robust broadband crystal optical conversion device. Various applications of laser optics require tunable laser sources. Currently, most frequency conversion devices rely on a single non-linear crystal, which is either temperature or angle tuned to enhance efficiency. This...

    We present an efficient and robust broadband crystal optical conversion device. Various applications of laser optics require tunable laser sources. Currently, most frequency conversion devices rely on a single non-linear crystal, which is either temperature or angle tuned to enhance efficiency. This results only in a narrow efficient spectral band of conversion. Other techniques such as periodic quasi-phase matching result in improved efficiencies but still within a narrow predetermined band. Random quasi-phase matching results in improved bandwidth but in a significant reduction in efficiency. This new device enables ultra-broadband wavelength conversion while maintaining high efficiency.

    Applications


    • Laser optics industry
    • Frequency convertor for broadband signals
    • Generation of ultrafast visible radiation
    • Pulse selection.

    Advantages


    • 90% efficiency of conversion process.
    • Simple and compact
    • Insensitive to the deviations in alignment, no dependence of the angle incidence beam or of temperature
    • Frequency converter of both broadband signals and ultra-short pulses.

    Technology's Essence


    This device is based on a new method of adiabatic wavelength conversion. The device works whereby a strong narrow-band pump is introduced into the crystal along with a weaker pulse to be converted. This conversion is realized in a quasi-phase matched nonlinear crystal, where the period is tuned adiabatically from strong negative phase-mismatch to strong positive phase-mismatch (or vice versa). This results in the efficient transformation of the weaker pulse.

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    • Prof. Yaron Silberberg
    1554
    We present a novel approach resulting in efficient and robust wireless energy transfer in the mid-range. Applications of wireless energy transfer are already in use and are continuously being developed. The main limit of wireless energy transfer techniques is that both the transmitter and transformer...

    We present a novel approach resulting in efficient and robust wireless energy transfer in the mid-range. Applications of wireless energy transfer are already in use and are continuously being developed. The main limit of wireless energy transfer techniques is that both the transmitter and transformer need to be of the same resonance. In addition, this technique is very susceptible to noise which limits efficiency. The present invention provides a technique for a robust and efficient mid-range wireless power transfer between two coils. This technique can transfer the energy between the coils without being sensitive to any resonant constrains, noise and other interferences that exist in the neighborhood of the coils

    Applications


    • Simultaneous energy transfer to several electrical gadgets.

    Advantages


    • Efficient
    • Not sensitive to electrical interference.
    • No need for an exact resonance match between transmitter and transformer.

    Technology's Essence


    The efficiency and robustness of this technology is achieved by adapting the process of rapid adiabatic passage (RAP) for a coherently driven two state atom to the field of wireless energy transfer. In other words, the resonance of the transmitter is tuned adiabatically to scan a resonant frequency range, thus arriving at a dynamic solution to the electrical transfer problem.

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    • Prof. Yaron Silberberg
    1568
    A new multi-state molecular building block for tomorrow’s electric circuits and memory storage devices was realized. Information technology is the core of many industries today. The main challenge facing this industry is the need for miniaturization, due to an ever increase in information density....

    A new multi-state molecular building block for tomorrow’s electric circuits and memory storage devices was realized. Information technology is the core of many industries today. The main challenge facing this industry is the need for miniaturization, due to an ever increase in information density. Molecular information processing and storage is becoming a logical candidate to replace the available methods, by use of molecules as building blocks for “bottom up” approaches. A memory device that exists in multiple stable states with a molecular based assembly was prepared. This can offer new ways in which information is processed (multiple-threads) as well as increasing the information density in random access memory (RAM), storage devices and methods.

    Applications


    • Binary and ternary Static Random Access Memory
    • Multi-State Dynamic Random Access Memory

    • Multi-State Flash Memory

    • Multi-State Solid State Drive (SSD)

    • Multi-State Information Processing Units


    Advantages


    • Low manufacturing cost

    • Robustness

    • Optical read out allows fast data transfer, and non destructive information access

    • Short response time and fast read-out.

    • System is easy to reset

    • Little material is needed/ environmentally friendly.

    • The system can be integrated with other electronic circuits

    • Multi-valued information storage

    • Increase in information density, with no need for additional spatial requirements.

    • Alternative to silicon  technology


    Technology's Essence


    Electronically addressable multi-state memory for sequential logic flip-flop, flip-flap-flop circuits, and higher order switchable memory circuits,  can be constructed by materials composed of a molecular based assembly that can exist in multiple states. Since the optical output is a precise function of the applied voltage, multi-valued information can be written on to the assembly by applying specific potential biases. The read and write cycle is completed by monitoring the induced optical changes of the system. This system uses the same electrical inputs as conventional memory devices and uses an optical read-out which is non destructive and fast. The properties of the device can be used to create an apparatus for information storage especially with respect to developing solid-state drives in computers (SSDs).

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    • Prof. Milko E. Van der Boom
    1583
    The thermoelectric effect is the direct conversion of temperature differences to electric voltage and vice versa. Thermoelectric effects are used in various applications, where heat energy is saved, that would be otherwise lost. Although the TE conversion efficiency is nowadays low (5-8%), the novel...

    The thermoelectric effect is the direct conversion of temperature differences to electric voltage and vice versa. Thermoelectric effects are used in various applications, where heat energy is saved, that would be otherwise lost. Although the TE conversion efficiency is nowadays low (5-8%), the novel technique developed at Weizmann Institute, has a disruptive potential to change this market.  

    Prof. Y. Imry and his team at Weizmann Institute came up with Thermal Electric conversion technique, based on a new TE device architecture which allows performance enhancement. The core invention is in the field of Bi-junction thermoelectric device architecture, having a thermoelectric gate interposed between two electric regions, leading to thermal electric conversion efficiency optimization.

    Applications


    Various TE devices will benefit from better TE efficiency, achieved by the developed conversion technique. The growing market for thermoelectric energy harvesters will reach $865 million by 2023. Current TE market is driven by consumer energy harvesting applications and some niche segments:

    •  Automotive energy harvesting applications, since around 40% of the energy produced by internal combustion engines is currently lost in heat through the exhaust.
    • Wireless devices/sensors segment is forecasted to account for over a third of the overall market for thermoelectric harvesters and cooling by 2023.

    Advantages


    In order to drive down the thermoelectric module costs and facilitate broad deployment, TE has several barriers to overcome: 

    •  low conversion efficiency;
    • toxicity and low availability of chemical elements constituting part of the thermoelectric materials.

     In this context, the main TE market challenges are reaching higher efficiencies using low cost thermoelectric materials. These challenges can be addressed by the proposed technology.


    Technology's Essence


    Prof. Y. Imry and his team at Weizmann Institute have developed novel bi-junction TE device, having a thermoelectric gate interposed between two electric regions, aiming at TE efficiency improvement. Thermoelectric efficiency depends on the figure of merit (ZT). The figure-of-merit curves, for the developed 3-T TE device configurations show that higher ZT should be achieved.  

    The secret essence of the invented configuration is in using two independently adjustable input parameters - voltage and temperature - as drivers for optimizing device thermoelectric efficiency.

     

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    • Prof. Yoseph Imry
    1596
    A beam of light has several properties which can be measured for a variety of applications. The most commonly measured properties of light include Intensity, Color, Phase, and Polarization.In recent years there has been a growing demand to have well-defined optical beams. In order to accomplish this a...

    A beam of light has several properties which can be measured for a variety of applications. The most commonly measured properties of light include Intensity, Color, Phase, and Polarization.In recent years there has been a growing demand to have well-defined optical beams. In order to accomplish this a light beam requires fast, accurate, and simple measurement techniques to fully characterize it’s properties.Currently, the ability to measure light polarization exists only qualitatively and at only one specific point in a light beam. Our scientific team has developed a new method to measure changing light polarizations in real-time. 
    Our demonstrated system presents a simple way to continuously measure and quantify light polarizations in real-time, throughout the entire length of a light beam. This method has the potential to set a new industry standard, and could lead to a number of applications that were previously not possible.
     

    Applications


    • Molecular imaging
    • Medical and industrial lasers
    • Non-destructive testing
    • Analytical chemistry
    • Fiber-optic communications
    • Cryptography
    • Astronomy

    Advantages


    • Proved accuracy
    • Simple technique
    • Compact configuration
    • Incorporate into existing equipment
    • Can measure fully polarized, partially polarized, and un-polarized light
    • Two modes of operation:   Space-variant polarization measurements and Wavelength-variant polarization measurements

    Technology's Essence


    Our polarization measurement technique is based on splitting an input light beam into six parallel beams, each having a predetermined shift in the polarization state with respect to the other beams. The beam components are simultaneously detected using a pixel matrix, such as a CCD camera, to determine their intensity distribution. From this, the polarization state distribution along the cross-section of the input optical beam is determined and we can calculate the Stokes parameters, a set of values which defines polarized light. This allows us to characterize and quantify fully polarized, partially polarized, and un-polarized light at every point in the beam in real-time, with either static or dynamic polarization states. Our method can be applied for two conditions of varying polarizations – changing with position (space-variant) or changing in color (wavelength-variant).

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    • Prof. Nir Davidson
    1597
    Metal-oxide material generates electromechanical stress an order of magnitude above existing materials.The ability to develop a mechanical stress in response to the application of an external electric field has many uses, and characteristic materials are classified as either piezoelectric or...

    Metal-oxide material generates electromechanical stress an order of magnitude above existing materials.The ability to develop a mechanical stress in response to the application of an external electric field has many uses, and characteristic materials are classified as either piezoelectric or electrostrictive. Modern inorganic piezoelectric devices are used for a wide variety of applications from inexpensive speakers and headphones, to sophisticated sonar transducers. Over the last several decades, these materials have become highly reliable and technologically mature, but the magnitude of the mechanical stress they can generate in response to an input electric signal has reached an upper limit.This innovative technology applies Gadolinium-doped Cerium Oxide (Gd-doped CeO2) to piezoelectric and electrostrictive devices and will enable high-performance electromechanical materials with output capabilities an order of magnitude above existing solutions, in excess of 500 MPa. This could facilitate the next generation of many consumer and industrial electronic devices.

    Applications


    • Wide range of personal electronic devices
    • Industrial and fine electronics – specifically powerful acoustic transducers

    Advantages


    • Generate large displacement and large stress simultaneously
    • Sensitive and tunable properties

    Technology's Essence


    In piezoelectric devices, stress develops due to the deformation of a non-centrosymmetric lattice under the application of an electric field. In commercial electrostrictors, or materials with centrosymmetric lattices and very large dielectric constants, an external electric field distorts the unit cells of the lattice, rendering them locally non-centrosymmetric. In both cases, the electromechanical stress develops due to a small displacement of atoms within each unit cell. Increasing the magnitude of the response would lead to more powerful actuators, and permit a decrease in the operating voltage; therefore, the search for novel mechanisms of electromechanical response in solids remains an important objective for both fundamental and applied science.

    We have demonstrated that Gd-doped CeO2, specifically Ce0.8Gd0.2O1.9, can generate stress an order of magnitude greater than the best electromechanically active materials. The large stress develops in response to the rearrangement of cerium-oxygen vacancy pairs and their local environment. This effect is expected to be two-fold; i) an applied electric field results in strain and stress directly, and ii) application of the external electric field affects the elastic modulus of Ce0.8Gd0.2O1.9 by suppressing the chemical strain effect. This is a fundamentally different mechanism than materials currently in use. In this view, Gd-doped CeO2 is representative of a new family of high-performance electromechanical materials.

     

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    • Prof. Igor Lubomirsky
    1644
    Computer memory and storage are among the most critical components of today’s consumer electronics and computer technology. Currently available memory and storage technologies have inherent limitations that confine the capacity and speed of access to memory devices. The present innovation is based on...

    Computer memory and storage are among the most critical components of today’s consumer electronics and computer technology. Currently available memory and storage technologies have inherent limitations that confine the capacity and speed of access to memory devices.

    The present innovation is based on Chiral Induced Spin Selectivity (CISS) effect that was established experimentally and theoretically in the last decade, and allows for production of inexpensive, high-density universal memory-on-chip devices, that don’t require the use of permanent magnets.

    Applications


    ·         Inexpensive, high-density universal memory-on-chip devices

    ·         The technology can be used as superior alternative for both Random Access memory and Flash memory

    ·         Surface-controlled spintronic devices

    ·         Logic and data processing


    Advantages


    ·         Up to 70 times more storage on the same physical size

    ·         Up to 100 times lower energy consumption

    ·         Si-Compatible

    ·         High density (can reach Si technology limit)

    ·         Estimated low cost

    ·         Overcomes limitations of other magnetic-based memory technologies


    Technology's Essence


    Ferromagnets can be magnetized either by external magnetic fields or by spin polarized current. However, the current density required for inducing magnetization is extremely high and significantly affects the device’s structure and performance. The newly discovered CISS effect allows for magnetization switching of Ferromagnets, which is induced solely by adsorption of chiral molecules, where much lower current density is sufficient to induce the magnetization reversal. Chiral Memory technology uses the CISS effect for spin selectivity instead of the common ferromagnetic-based spin filters. This allows, in principle, the memory bit to be miniaturized down to a single magnetic nanoparticle or a nano-scale domain. The operation principle of the device relies on the spin-selective transmission of electrons through organic chiral molecules to the ferromagnetic layer of the device, which results in the magnetization of this layer and efficient storing of bits of information. The magnetization switching by local adsorption of chiral molecules eliminates the need for a permanent magnet.

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    • Prof. Ron Naaman
    1696
    A new method for observing large areas with physically small detectors, which are unable to cover the whole area simultaneously, based on multiplexing several scanned areas onto a single detector unit followed by algorithmic reconstruction of the true field of view. Astronomical observations require...

    A new method for observing large areas with physically small detectors, which are unable to cover the whole area simultaneously, based on multiplexing several scanned areas onto a single detector unit followed by algorithmic reconstruction of the true field of view.
    Astronomical observations require the ability to detect very weak signals at high spatial resolution. This reflects on the special characteristics of the observation systems; they need to have a large aperture, high resolution detectors and very low system noise. These demands render high costs and complexity.
    Our multiplexing and reconstructing method was developed based on the sparse nature of astronomical observations, and it could be implemented in any application in which sporadic data points are to be found against a fixed (whether detailed or blank) background.

    Applications


    • Highly efficient telescopes
    • Quick quality assurance systems – fault metrology
    • Implementation in microscopy

    Advantages


    • Use of small size detectors
    • Ability to scan large fields (compared to detector size)
    • Maintaining high resolution
    • Significant shortening of scan time
    • Easily applicable to existing systems

    Technology's Essence


    The method was developed for astronomical observations in which the studied field is immense and the detector size is relatively small and limited. The invention consists of an optical system that directs light (IR, Vis, UV or other) from different locations in the sky to the focal plane of a telescope onto a specific single detector area, creating a multiplexed image in which several portions of the sky are presented collectively.
    Such multiplexing is done on each detector unit area with a different set of sky loci.
    A reconstruction algorithm was developed to construct sub-observations sets in a method that guarantees unique recovery of the original wide-field image even when objects overlap.

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    • Prof. Avishay Gal-Yam
    1717
    Converting two low-energy photons into a single higher-energy photon is of significant importance in many fields. In medical imaging, photon up-conversion is used for imaging scattered specimens, while in photovoltaic devices it could be used to harvest photons with energies lower than the bandgap of...

    Converting two low-energy photons into a single higher-energy photon is of significant importance in many fields. In medical imaging, photon up-conversion is used for imaging scattered specimens, while in photovoltaic devices it could be used to harvest photons with energies lower than the bandgap of the absorber.
    Currently available systems, based on rare-earth-doped dielectrics, and organic materials are limited in both tunability and absorption cross-section. In fact, no known up-conversion systems operate on photons in the 1000-1500 nm range.
    Stable inorganic nanocrystalline up-conversion systems designed at the Weizmann Institute of Science provide broad tunability of both the absorption edge and the luminescence color. These materials have the potential to be utilized in applications such as high-energy photon sources, photovoltaics and IR detection.

    Applications


    • Easy to manufacture

    • Robust systems

    • Operation at room temperature


    Advantages


    • Photon sources

    • Photovoltaics

    • IR detectors


    Technology's Essence


    The new up-conversion systems are based on a novel design comprising a compound semiconductor nanocrystal, which incorporates two quantum dots with different bandgaps separated by a tunneling barrier. The expected up-conversion mechanism occurs by the sequential absorption of two photons. The first photon excites an electron–hole pair by interband absorption in the lower-energy core, resulting in a confined hole and a relatively delocalized electron. The second absorbed photon leads to further excitation of the hole, allowing it to cross the barrier layer. This, in turn, is followed by radiative recombination with the delocalized electron.

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    • Prof. Dan Oron

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