"The observations will be made possible through the control we have developed over the wave nature of free electrons," explains Prof. Kaminer
Prof. Ado Kaminer from the Viterbi Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering Won an ERC Consolidator grant from the European Research Commission. The grant supports selected researchers who come up with pioneering and ground-breaking research ideas. The grant will be used by Prof. Kaminer's research team to develop an innovative theory and experimental platform for a new field in fast electron microscopy: Q-in-PINEM. This research will focus on the creation of new quantum states and the detection of unique quantum properties of materials.
"The goal of the project is to investigate new quantum phenomena that have not yet been observed, through the control we have developed over the wave nature of free electrons," explains Prof. Kaminer. "We intend to produce multi-electron entangled states for the first time and measure the quantum correlations that are formed in short times and at high speeds."
Free electron physics is an old field of research, which has already led to various breakthroughs and applications from microwave ovens and particle accelerators to free electron-based lasers. However, the breakthroughs of Prof. Kaminer's research group showed that precisely in this old field there is still much to discover, and in recent years his group has led to new discoveries and unprecedented observations of the interaction between matter, light and free electrons.
The Vice President of the Technion for Research Prof. Kobi Rubinstein He said that "ERC Consolidator grants are one of the most prestigious competitive grants offered by the European Research Commission, and the best researchers in Europe compete for them. Prof. Kaminer's win testifies to his excellence and the applied horizon that the ERC people see in his research."
This month, Prof. Kaminer also won the Lem Prize (LEM) on behalf of the Wroclaw University of Science and Technology in Poland, named after the science fiction writer Stanislaw Lem, the Lem Prize is given every year One young researcher whose creative work in science or engineering has the potential to positively impact the future of civilization. Stanislaw Lem (Lem), author of the classic "Solaris", is considered the most famous Polish writer in the world and one of the greatest writers in the science fiction genre. The award named after him was founded two years ago, on the 100th anniversary of his birth, and is dedicated to the main aspects of his literary legacy: people, science, technology, progress and the future. Prof. Kaminer is the third researcher to win the award.
Prof. Kaminer completed all his academic degrees at the Technion: a double bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and physics and a master's degree and a doctorate in the Faculty of Physics under the guidance of Research Prof. Moti Segev. In 2018, after a post-doctorate at MIT, he joined the Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Viterbi and established the AdQuanta Laboratory there. Prof. Kaminer is a member of the Russell Berry Nanotechnology Institute (RBNI), the Helen Diller Quantum Center, and the Solid State Institute.
Prof. Kaminer was included in the 2020 list of promising young people of De Marker. In 2022, he won the Polymath Prize, in the amount of 2.5 million dollars, which the Schmidt Futures Foundation gives to "extraordinary people who improve the world". He also won the Lomb Medal, the Creel Prize, the Blavatnik Prize and awards from the Israel Physical Society and the American Physical Society (APS).
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