Associate Prof. Ido Kaminer leads the AdQuanta lab since starting at the Technion in 2018. He did his PhD at the Technion with Prof. Mordechai Segev, and his postdoc at MIT with Prof. Marin Soljacic and Prof. John Joannopoulos. In his PhD, Ido discovered new classes of accelerating beams in nonlinear optics and electromagnetism, for which he received the 2012 Israel Physical Society Prize, and the 2014 APS (American Physical Society) Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation in Laser Science. Ido was the first Israeli to ever win an APS award for his PhD thesis. Ido was chosen to the list of 40 promising leaders under 40 by TheMarker and won multiple awards and grants recently including the ERC Starting Grant and the 2021 Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists in Israel. Ido was also recently elected to the Israeli Young Academy.
Ido’s research addresses problems at the frontiers of Photonics, Plasmonics, and Electron Microscopy by developing new theoretical and experimental methods. His group employs femtosecond lasers in transmission electron microscopes for new kinds of experiments – they developed a unique microscope that combines record resolution in space&time. Ido’s work is leading to disruptive analytical capabilities in electron microscopy, with applications for chip inspection and ultrafast detectors. His work on light–matter interactions in nanophotonics and in 2D materials is leading to applications for new kinds of light sources in hard-to-access regimes of the electromagnetic spectrum.