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Lee Bassett

Postdoctoral Researcher

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Office: (805) 893-5010
Lab: (805) 893-8099


California NanoSystems Institute
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-6105


I am interested in quantum dynamical control of single spins in the solid state. Currently, I am studying individual nitrogen-vacancy (NV) centers in diamond. With long (millisecond) spin coherence times even at room temperature, NV centers have great potential for applications in quantum information science. At low temperatures (~10 K), coherent optical transitions enable the use of quantum optics techniques to control NV center spins using light alone, and coherent light-matter coupling paves the way towards large-scale integration of NV centers within photonic networks.

I am particularly interested in developing optical techniques to exploit the NV center's optical fine structure for coherent all-optical dynamical control [1]. This has involved engineering devices to tune the NV's fine structure for specific applications [2], and ultimately new techniques we are developing should facilitate optical quantum dynamical control on ultrafast (sub-picosecond) timescales.

[1] "Spin-Light Coherence for Single-Spin Measurement and Control in Diamond", B. B. Buckley, G. D. Fuchs, L. C. Bassett, and D. D. Awschalom, Science 330, 1212 (2010).
[2] "Electrical Tuning of Single Nitrogen-Vacancy Center Optical Transitions Enhanced by Photoinduced Fields", L. C. Bassett, F. J. Heremans, C. G. Yale, B. B. Buckley, and D. D. Awschalom, Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 266403 (2011).