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The mission of the Department of Applied Physics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem is to acquire, generate, and disseminate knowledge at the frontier of physics research and to harness it to the task of advancing science and technology. In particular, the department is active in producing the evolving synergism between optoelectronics and microelectronics. Optoelectronics is a generic technology implementing the potential embedded in quantum electronics, laser physics, nonlinear optics and spectroscopy. Although it is already used in a wide range of applications its potential is far from being exhausted. In particular, it is desirable to extend the methods of optoelectronics to the minute world of single molecules. This constitutes a major component of what is commonly termed: nanotechnology. The vehicle for achieving this goal is to import the advanced fabrication methods of microelectronics to the optoelectronic arena. The fusing of optoelectronics and microelectronics into one united discipline is a major component of the emerging technologies of the third millennium.
The research activity in the department is spanned over a broad spectrum of research activities including the conception of novel optoelectronic computing paradigms, the invention of generic methods of microscopy for the nanometric scale range, the investigation of nonlinear optical methods for biophysics, the development of medical diagnostic tools based on dielectric spectroscopy, the development of optoelectronic devices in Silicon, and the integration of living nerve cells with CMOS circuits.
The Department of Applied Physics was founded in the late sixties when the high tech industry in Israel was at its infancy. Over the years graduates of the department have become an essential and major contributors in bringing Israel to its current position as a major player in the high tech arena. On top of filling the ranks throughout the R&D infrastructure in Israel in general, graduates of the department assume today key positions in major technology corporations, Venture capital firms that specialize in the high-tech industry, and as founders of a large number of start-up companies.
The department offers both an undergraduate B.Sc. program in engineering, and M.Sc. and Ph.D. graduate programs in applied physics. These programs come to meet the challenge of training the engineer and applied physicist of the future, when the technologies are based on the combination of hitherto distinct scientific disciplines, and are subject to continuous change and development. The graduate of these programs is equipped with a the toolbox and modi operandi that combine a wide range of scientific knowledge with research experience at the cutting edge of scientific and engineering research.
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