Spectroscopy and magnetic resonance

The Alexandrowicz group, studies the atomic scale structure and dynamics of ice crystals using a unique nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer developed by the group. This instrument allows in-situ NMR measurements of amorphous and crystalline ice crystals grown from the vapour phase at cryogenic temperatures. The group is also developing a new NMR technique for measuring nano-meter thick water films using a unique hyper-polarised ortho-water deposition technique.

“The research in the Amitay group focuses on the creation of a new type of photochemistry that is based on ultrafast spectroscopy and quantum coherent control using shaped femtosecond pulses. The Amitay laboratory is equipped with state-of-the-art femtosecond laser systems, and combines ultrafast laser and optical techniques with spectroscopy and vacuum tools.”

The group of Zeev Gross not only relies on advanced spectroscopy for characterization of the new complexes prepared, but also designs corroles with desired spectroscopic properties. Since corroles and their chelates with light post-transition elements are characterized by intense fluorescence, they are been used for optical imaging of cells and organs. Fundamental research identified the conditions for converting corroles into phosphorescent derivatives, which is now a main focus in the group because of their usefulness for all ongoing practical projects. The group has also recently devised corroles that may be used as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and demonstrated their utility as contrast agents.

The group of Aharon Blank develops new methodologies in the field of magnetic resonance, such as ultra-sensitive electron spin resonance (ESR), ESR microscopy, optically-detected magnetic resonance (ODMR) combined with MRI-like imaging protocols, electrically detected magnetic resonance imaging, and the development of compact magnetic resonance probes.  These novel approaches are employed to all range of scientific and technological applications, such as medicine, structural biology, semiconductors, and quantum computing.