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Danny Porath and Shalom Wind
Danny Porath, Ph.D. the Etta and Paul Schankerman Professor in Molecular Biomedicine at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Shalom Wind, Ph.D., Senior Research Specialist at the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center of Columbia University, New York, are paving the way for a new generation of DNA-based computer circuits. Even though their first BSF grant has ended, they continue their work together. Said Porath, “Shalom is a leading expert in nanolithography. His work allows us to create complex patterns. It is a great pleasure to work with him.” Their work together includes Skype meetings, emails and personal visits. “At Hebrew University,” recalled Wind, “There is an excellent café where Danny and I have often enjoyed a cup of coffee and brainstorming together. We have solved problems and envisioned new directions for the future.”

Follow the links below and read more about their work together as they investigate using DNA molecules to transport electricity.

And you can read their paper published October 2014 online in Nature Nanotechnology.

Randy Hulet
Randall Hulet, Ph.D., Fayez Sarofim Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Rice University in Houston, TX and Boris Malomed, Ph.D., Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, The Iby and Aladar Fleischman Faculty of Engineering, Tel Aviv University study an extreme form of matter - an atomic gas cooled to the lowest temperatures in the universe. Under these conditions, a gas of atoms will form a collective state, a Bose-Einstein condensate, in which every atom is indistinguishable from every other - they essentially move in lockstep. Their research explores how two such objects interact and interfere with one another.

Said Hulet, “The BSF funded work explores using matter-wave solitons for interferometry. Our matter-wave solitons are a gas of atoms cooled to a few billionths of a degree above absolute zero (a few nano-Kelvin). These objects can propagate as localized packets of waves along a one-dimensional guide. In the article, we addressed what happens when the packets collide with one another.”

“Boris Malomed is an expert on the theory of solitons and other localized waves,” continued Hulet. “Since I am an experimental physicist, we each bring complementary skills and knowledge to the project. For me, the benefit of our collaboration is to have the opportunity to consult with an expert on the complex theory of solitons, with someone who is very familiar with our experimental capabilities.” Follow the links to read more about their work together.
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