Zeev Zalevsky

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Zeev Zalevsky
Born 1971
 Soviet Union
Residence  Israel
Nationality Israeli
Fields Physicist,
Electrical engineer,
Professor (Bar-Ilan University)
Institutions Bar Ilan University
Alma mater Tel-Aviv University
Doctoral advisor David Mendlovic
Known for Fractional Fourier transform,
Optical resolution
Notable awards Krill award, (2007)
ICO Prize,(2008)
Ernst Abbe Medal, (2008)
The Juludan prize for advancing technology in medicine, (2009)
Taubenblatt Prize for Excellence in Medical Research[1]

Zeev Zalevsky (Hebrew: זאב זלבסקי‎‎) is an Israeli physicist specializing in Optoelectronics. He is a Professor of Electrical engineering and Nanophotonics at Bar Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel. He is also a visiting professor in University of Erlangen-Nuremberg at Germany.[2] He is in the management community of the OASIS, The Optical Association of Israel.


Born in the Russian SFSR in the Soviet Union in 1971, Zalevsky moved to Israel with his family in 1979. He obtained a BSc in Electrical engineering from Tel Aviv University in 1993. He went on to obtain a PhD in Optoelectronics from the same university in 1996, his Doctoral thesis was in the field of Super-resolution. He accepted a position at Bar Ilan University in 2003. He is the head of the Opto-electronics division in the Electrical engineering faculty since then. In 2007, Zalevsky was one of the leading founders of the Bar-Ilan Institute of Nanotechnology & Advanced Materials (BINA).

Research and Work[edit]

Zalevsky is best known for his work on Super Resolution. He developed some techniques to overcome resolution limits and in particular for his work in theoretical and experimental definition of various approaches for exceeding Abbe's classical limit of optical resolution.

He broadened the field of Fractional Fourier transform which early defined by V. Namias and published a book on that field. He published more than 400 papers and 5 books.

  • The Fractional Fourier transform with applications in optics and signal H. M. Ozaktas, Z. Zalevsky and M. A. Kutay, processing, John Wiley and Sons (2001).
  • Optical Super Resolution Z. Zalevsky and D. Mendlovic, Springer (2002).
  • Integrated Nanophotonic Devices', Z. Zalevsky and I. Abdulhalim, Elsevier (2010).
  • Coherent Light Microscopy: Imaging and Quantitative Phase Analysis, P. Ferraro, A. Wax, Z. Zalevsky, Springer (2011)

Zalevsky established several optical companies, in 1998 he established the Civcom Ltd. which is a pioneer in the development and manufacturing of cost-saving Opto-electronic components and modules. The company was sold to the Brazilian Padtec corporate in 2008 for $80M. He also established Explay, that was one of the pioneers in pico-projectors field. In 2004 he established Xceed Imaging Ltd.. The company is developing a new physical lens for EDOF.

In 2011, Zalevsky's optical heartbeat monitor was selected as one of the "Israel's top 45 greatest inventions of all time".[citation needed]

Zalevsky has more than 50 patents[3] in the field of optics including the Kinect[4] motion sensing and the Opto-Phone.[5]

Zalevsky has received several honors, including the International Commission for Optics (ICO) Prize (2008),[6] the Fund Juludan Research Prize (2009) and the Israeli Young Investigator Award in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology for the year of 2012.


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