Last June, Technion announced a $50 million gift from the Helen Diller Family Foundation to support a new state-of-the-art quantum center. Thanks to this gift, Technion is poised to be a world leader in one of the 21st century’s most important fields of science and technology.
The Helen Diller Center for Quantum Science, Matter and Engineering is headed by Dist. Prof. Moti Segev and Prof. Gadi Eisenstein. Prof. Segev is the Robert J. Shillman Distinguished Professor of Physics. Prof. Eisenstein holds the Mark and Diane Seiden Chair in Optoelectronics and is the director of the Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute (RBNI).
There are more than 30 faculty members engaged in quantum-related research. The grant from the Helen Diller Family Foundation will enable Technion to recruit ten new faculty members between 2018 and 2028.
Notable research breakthroughs include:
> The first-ever topological insulator laser – Prof. Moti Segev
> The most advanced single and entangled photon generating technique – Prof. David Gershoni
> Metamaterial-based quantum manipulation – Prof. Erez Hasman and Prof. Moti Segev
> Advanced opto-atomic clocks – Prof. Gadi Eisenstein
An Ultrafast Transmission Electron Microscope facility, the only such system in Israel and one of a handful worldwide, will be inaugurated in 2019. In this system, the electron beam is pulsed – synchronized with an ultrafast optical pulse. It is used for quantum electrodynamic experiments and other ultrafast quantum phenomena.
In November 2019, an important symposium organized jointly by Technion and the newly formed Munich Quantum Center (which includes Ludwig Maximilian University, the Technical University of Munich, the Max Planck Institute and the Deutsche Museum) will take place at the Max Planck Institute in Garching near Munich.