Quantum sensing

Quantum sensing makes use of the unique and counter-intuitive properties of matter and light when it is governed by quantum physics, such as quantization of energy levels, particle-wave duality, coherent superposition, and entanglement, to make precision sensors and measurements. Applications of quantum sensors range from medicine to navigation, security, materials science, and even astrophysics. One of the primary challenges in quantum sensing is to protect the quantum system that is being used as a measurement device from the deleterious effects of interacting with its surrounding environment, while remaining sensitive to the target signal. Quantum sensing research in the WQI spans the campus, with faculty in the Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering departments.

WQI Research Projects in Quantum Sensing

Using quantum-enhanced optical lattice clocks to search for new physics

Probing the origins of decoherence in quantum platforms with quantum sensors

Atomic magnetometers for biomagnetometry and tests of fundamental physics

Atom-based inertial sensors and magnetometers

Novel defect-based nanoscale quantum sensors and techniques