Our theme

With applications ranging from high-resolution sensing to quantum information science, spin control at the nanoscale is emerging as an area of newfound importance. Specific topics of interest guiding our research effort are (i) the development of new spin-based platforms for nanometer-resolution MRI and various nanoscale sensing protocols, (ii) quantum control of individual spin clusters for quantum information processing, and (iii) the generation of electron or nuclear spin hyper-polarization. We are presently inviting applications for a POSTDOCTORAL POSITION in our group. To learn more please click here.

To guide you through our website we have assembled a set of short movies describing some conceptual and practical aspects of our work. An intro video clip by Prof. Meriles follows below.

We are conducting a range of experiments centered on the understanding and manipulation of individual or small ensembles of paramagnetic defects. Illustrative examples along with more images and video clips can be found in our Research page. We also recommend you check out these recent Publications:

“Non-volatile nuclear spin memory enables sensor-unlimited nanoscale spectroscopy of small spin clusters”, M. Pfender, N. Aslam, H. Sumiya, S. Onoda, P. Neumann, J. Isoya, C.A. Meriles, J. Wrachtrup, Nature Commun. 8, 834 (2017). Available as arXiv:1610.05675.

“Photo-induced modification of single photon emitters in hexagonal boron nitride”, Z. Shotan, H. Jayakumar, C.R. Considine, M. Mackoit, H. Fedder, J. Wrachtrup, A. Alkauskas, M.W. Doherty, V.M. Menon, C.A. Meriles, ACS Photonics 3, 2490 (2016).

“Long-term data storage in diamond”, S. Dhomkar, J. Henshaw, H. Jayakumar, C.A. Meriles, Science Adv. 2, e1600911 (2016).

“Optical patterning of trapped charge in nitrogen-doped diamond”, H. Jayakumar, J. Henshaw, S. Dhomkar, D. Pagliero, A. Laraoui, N.B. Manson, R. Albu, M.W. Doherty, C.A.. Meriles, Nature Commun. 7, 12660 (2016).

“Towards a room-temperature spin quantum bus in diamond via optical spin injection, transport and detection”, M.W. Doherty, C.A. Meriles, A. Alkauskas, H. Fedder, M.J. Sellars, N.B. Manson, Phys. Rev. X 6, 041035 (2016). Available as arXiv:1511.08559.

“Imaging thermal conductivity with nanoscale resolution using a scanning spin probe”, A. Laraoui, H. Aycock-Rizzo, X. Lu, Y. Gao, E. Riedo, C.A. Meriles, Nature Commun. 6, 8954 (2015)Available as arXiv:1511.06916.

“Probing molecular dynamics at the nanoscale via an individual paramagnetic center”, T.M. Staudacher, N. Raatz, S. Pezzagna, J. Meijer, F. Reinhard, C.A. Meriles, J. Wrachtrup, Nature Commun. 6, 8527 (2015).  Available as arXiv:1507.05921.

“Dynamic nuclear spin polarization of liquids and gases in contact with nanostructured diamond”, D. Abrams, M.E. Trusheim, D. Englund, M.D. Shattuck, C.A. Meriles, Nano Letters 14, 2471 (2014).

“Scalable Fabrication of High Purity Diamond Nanocrystals with Long-Spin-Coherence Nitrogen Vacancy Centers”, M. E. Trusheim, L. Li, A. Laraoui, E.H. Chen, O. Gaathon, H. Bakhru, T. Schroeder, C.A. Meriles, D. Englund, Nano Letters 14, 32 (2014). 

“Approach to dark spin cooling in a diamond nanocrystal”, A. Laraoui, C.A. Meriles, ACS Nano 7, 3403 (2013).

“High-Resolution Correlation Spectroscopy of 13C Spins Near a Nitrogen-Vacancy Center in Diamond”, A. Laraoui, F. Dolde, C. Burk, F. Reinhard, J. Wrachtrup, C.A. Meriles, Nature Commun. 4, 1651 (2013). Available as arXiv:1305.1536.

“Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy on a (5nm)^3 volume of liquid and solid samples”, T. Staudacher, F. Shi, S. Pezzagna, J. Meijer, J. Du, C.A. Meriles, F. Reinhard, J. Wrachtrup, Science 339, 561 (2013).

“Nitrogen-Vacancy-assisted magnetometry of paramagnetic centers in an individual diamond nanocrystal” A. Laraoui, J.S. Hodges, C.A. Meriles, Nano Letters 12, 3477 (2012).

“Optically re-writable patterns of nuclear magnetization in Gallium Arsenide”, J.P. King, Y. Li, L. C.A. Meriles, J.A. Reimer, Nature Communications 3, 918 (2012). 

Our laboratories are located at the Center for Discovery and Innovation (CDI), part of a new science complex on the CCNY campus. Also part of this initiative is the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC), a state-of-the-art cross-disciplinary facility housing the most advanced nanofab in the New York area. Check out the photos below or take our Virtual Tour to learn more!