It was another good haul for Berkeley Lab. Earlier this month, three of R&D Magazine’s R&D 100 Awards for 2007, which recognize the 100 most significant technological advances of the year, went to Lab scientists.
The prestigious awards, known informally as the Oscars of invention, showcase the best ideas in technical innovation that were brought to market or were available for licensing during the past year. This year’s trio brings the total of Berkeley Lab’s R&D 100 Awards to 44, including two Editors’ Choice Awards, over the years. They are:
Laser-Detected MRI — a major breakthrough in the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) field that eliminates the need for a high-field magnet, making the technology accessible to new users and applications. The system uses an optical atomic magnetometer to provide much more sensitive detection. It was developed under a collaborative effort between the groups of Alexander Pines of the Materials Sciences Division and Dmitry Budker of the Nuclear Science Division. Other Lab scientists involved in developing the technology include Marcus Donaldson, Simon Rochester, Shoujun Xu, and Valeriy Yashchuk. The nomination writer was Jim Miller.