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Département Systèmes (LETI)

Laboratoire Capteurs Haute Performance



Our lab works on optically pumped magnetometers (OPM) based on helium-4 metastable atoms. Our main achievement in last years has been the design and space qualification of the most advanced OPMs available for spatial exploration, launched on ESA Swarm mission [1]. With this same species we have developed OPMs for medical imaging of brain (MEG) and heart (MCG), which have the advantage of operating at room temperature, with no heating or cooling. The development of these two imaging techniques is an opportunity to better understand and diagnose pathologies like epilepsy, Alzheimer or arrhythmia. A few years ago we performed proof of concept measurements of both MCG and MEG with primitive versions of our sensors [2,3]. After getting a better understanding of our sensors physics [4] and implementing substantial improvements, we are now developing arrays of OPMs and collaborating with several clinical teams in order to test them for different applications and environments. The purpose of this post-doctoral position is to contribute to the development of magnetometer arrays. It involves mainly the deployment of OPM arrays in the clinical environments where they are going to be tested by several of our partner medical research teams in both neurology and cardiology. The post-doc should be able to deploy and operate the sensors in these environments, solve the practical issues, and bring feedback on all kind of improvements that are needed. He or she will also participate in the implementation of some of these improvements, and their tests in lab environment. This work is aimed at bringing this technology to the medical imaging market. It will be carried out in a multidisciplinary team, composed of researchers and experienced engineers. [1] [2] S. Morales et al., Phys. Med. B [3] E. Labyt et al., IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging (2019). [4] F. Beato et al. Physical Review A (2018)

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Measurement of active cell nematics by lensless microscopy

Département Microtechnologies pour la Biologie et la Santé (LETI)

Laboratoire Systèmes d'Imagerie pour le Vivant



At CEA-Leti we have validated a video-lens-free microscopy platform by performing thousands of hours of real-time imaging observing varied cell types and culture conditions (e.g.: primary cells, human stem cells, fibroblasts, endothelial cells, epithelial cells, 2D/3D cell culture, etc.). And we have developed different algorithms to study major cell functions, i.e. cell adhesion and spreading, cell division, cell division orientation, and cell death. The research project of the post-doc is to extend the analysis of the datasets produced by lens-free video microscopy. The post-doc will assist our partner in conducting the experimentations and will develop the necessary algorithms to reconstruct the images of the cell culture in different conditions. In particular, we will challenge the holographic reconstruction algorithms with the possibility to quantify the optical path difference (i.e. the refractive index multiplied by the thickness). Existing algorithms allow to quantify isolated cells. They will be further developed and assessed to quantify the formation of cell stacking in all three dimensions. These algorithms will have no Z-sectioning ability as e.g. confocal microscopy, only the optical path thickness will be measured. We are looking people who have completed a PhD in image processing and/or deep learning with skills in the field of microscopy applied to biology.

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Compressed Sensing for ultrasonic imaging: disruptive method development and prototyping

Département Imagerie Simulation pour le Contrôle (LIST)

Laboratoire Méthodes CND



In non-destructive ultrasonic testing, multi-element sensors are used for the inspection of structures to ensure the safety of people and infrastructures. Currently, one of the driving factor of an ultrasonic method is the number of elements of the sensor, influencing the speed and efficiency of the inspection but also the cost and the volume of the equipment. This project aims at developing a prototype of a multi-element sensor with a limited number of elements compared to current state of the art equipment, without losing imaging resolution. To achieve this goal, Compressed Sensing (CS), a recent technique of signal processing allowing to go beyond the traditional sampling theorems and to reconstruct data from severely undersampled measurements, will be used. The ultrasonic inspection procedure will need to be entirely rethought to meet the CS requirements, specifically the sparsity of the measured data and the incoherence of the measurement process. The expected results is a significant reduction (of the order of 5) of the number of elements to conduct imaging, which would be a true revolution in NDT with direct applications in various industrials sectors. The following laboratories, all located in Saclay (France) of the CEA (the French atomic commission), will participate to the project: the NDT department for its expertise in multi-element ultrasonic testing and Neurospin and Cosmostat for their expertises in the field of CS, mainly applied to medical RMI imaging and astrophysics, respectively. The collaboration between these three labs, each among the worldwide leading institutes in their respective fields, will ensure the creation of a new and disruptive family of sensors.

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