April 16th: Danielle Braje (MIT Lincoln Lab.)

THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 2014
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM, ROOM 26-214

“Sense and Sensibility: Practical Quantum Sensing”
presented by Dr. Danielle Braje, MIT Lincoln Laboratory

From the movement of a glacier 20,000 years ago to testing fundamental laws of physics, quantum systems have been used to make the most accurate measurements known to man. This impressive precision and accuracy is often paired with an equally imposing size where “compact systems” span the entirety of an optics table. We present an alternative approach to the massive apparatus that accompanies the traditional atom interferometers used in quantum sensing. By using quantum color centers in a solid-state system, nitrogen vacancies in diamond, we gain many of the advantages of traditional atom interferometry while using a millimeter-scale diamond package. In particular, we demonstrate a room-temperature nitrogen vacancy magnetometer with sensitivity/stability rivaling that of its classical counterparts.

“With the NSF’s generous support, which will combine with resources that MIT will devote as well as participation from a broad consortium of government and industry partners, we are going to tackle the educational and learning challenges in quantum information science with an innovative, interdisciplinary approach to training the new generation of QIS scientists and engineers.”

—Isaac Chuang, Director, iQuISE, and Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Associate Professor of Physics