NRL's Dr. Baruch Levush Receives 2007 IVEC Award for Excellence in Vacuum Electronics


7/2/2007 - 44-07r
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Dr. Baruch Levush, head of the Naval Research Laboratory's Vacuum Electronics Branch, has received the 2007 IVEC Award for Excellence in Vacuum Electronics from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Dr. Levush is recognized for his "pioneering contributions to the development of advanced models and design tools for vacuum electronic devices, and visionary leadership in the vacuum electronic industry." The International Vacuum Electronics Conference Award (IVEC) for Excellence in Vacuum Electronics was established in 2002 to recognize outstanding contributions to the field.

Dr. Levush's research interests include the generation and amplification of coherent electromagnetic radiation (UHF to THz). His group also studies high-brightness electron-beam optics and surface science related to electron emission mechanisms. They are involved in the development of new types of microwave absorbing composites materials. In addition, Dr. Levush's branch is involved in the study of vacuum microelectronics, the development and application of the non-linear theory of the beam-wave interaction, and advanced computational physics for the modeling and simulation of vacuum electronic devices.

Dr. Levush also actively pursues research efforts carried out in collaboration with scientists both inside and outside of NRL. NRL's Vacuum Electronics Branch is the principal center for vacuum electronics research and development (R&D) in the Department of Defense. Because of this, Dr. Levush is frequently called upon to provide advisory and management services in support of selected external R&D programs in vacuum electronics. He often serves as a focal point for the planning and coordination of the Department of Defense R&D programs in vacuum electronics.

Dr. Levush received his M.S. degree in physics from Latvian State University, Riga, Latvia, and his Ph.D. in plasma physics from Tel-Aviv University, Israel. Prior to coming to NRL in 1995, he worked at the University of Maryland's Institute for Plasma Research as a research associate, associate research scientist, and senior research scientist. Dr. Levush is a fellow of the IEEE. He received NRL Research Publication Awards in 1997, 2002, and 2006. He received a 2006 R&D 100 Award for MICHELLE, a software tool for three-dimensional modeling of charged-particle-beam devices. He was an IEEE Electron Device Society Distinguished Lecturer in 2004 and an IEEE Nuclear Plasma Science Society Distinguished Lecturer in 2006. Dr. Levush received the 2002 NRL Award of Merit for Group Achievement as part of the W-band Gyro-klystron and WARLOC Radar Team and the 1999 DoD Robert L. Woods Award for his role in the successful development of the high average power (10kW), W-band gyro-klystron. Dr. Levush is the co-author of more than 150 journal articles.



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