About Paul Stevenson
Research in the Stevenson group exploits the unique capabilities of isolated spins in solids to create ultrasensitive nanoscale sensors and new quantum communication technologies. By engineering systems where optical and spin degrees of freedom can communicate, we can perform magnetic resonance at the nanoscale with sensitivity comparable to traditional fluorescence imaging techniques. Our group is interested in using these nanoscale NMR spectrometers to probe biophysical dynamics at the nanoscale; how proteins and membranes fluctuate and move on the few-nanometer scale underpins their function, but is still poorly understood. These single-spin sensors allow us to build molecular movies of how these biomolecules move and interact with one another, providing new insight into this problem.
Alternatively, we can engineer this spin-photon interface to be shielded from the environment, which allows us to leverage the long-lived “quantum-ness” of spins. Our goal here is to engineer scalable systems capable of transmitting quantum information over long-distances, opening new frontiers in cryptography, computing, and metrology.
The Stevenson group is an experimental research group working at the interface of physics, chemistry, and materials science. Our research focuses on the twin problems of developing new tools for understanding biophysical dynamics and building new hardware for quantum communication.