Quantum Sensing Lab

Maletinsky Group


Welcome to the quantum sensing lab

Our laboratory is located in the Department of Physics of the University of Basel in Switzerland. Our research is centered around the emerging field of "Quantum sensing", where the use of individual, well-controlled quantum systems as high-performance sensing devices is being explored. We concentrate on implementing various types of such sensors and on applying them to outstanding scientific tasks in mesoscopic physics, nano-science and technology. At the moment, our quantum system of choice for these purposes is the Nitrogen-Vacancy (NV) color center in diamond, whose exceptional quantum-coherent properties allow for high-performance sensing applications (such as single-electron spin detection) even at room temperature.


News from the lab

Arne made the cover!

Congratulations! Our closed-contour spin driving experiments made it to the cover of Nature Physic's November edition. The image shows quantum beats of a NV center due to quantum interference effects under closed-contour driving.


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Review on NVs as probe of superconductivity on ArXiv

Magnetic imaging using color centers in diamond through both scanning and wide-field methods offers a combination of unique capabilities for studying superconductivity, for example, enabling accurate vector magnetometry at high temperature or high pressure, with spatial resolution down to the nanometer scale. The paper briefly reviews various experimental modalities in this rapidly developing nascent field and provides an outlook towards possible future directions.

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Arne's paper published in Nature Physics!

For the first time, we were able to study quantum interference in a three-level quantum system and thereby control the behavior of individual electron spins. To this end, we used a novel nanostructure, in which a quantum system is integrated into a nanoscale mechanical oscillator in form of a diamond cantilever.

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Meissner Paper on ArXiv

Dominik's and Lucas' paper entitled "Real-space probing of the local magnetic response of thin-film superconductors using single spin magnetometry" reports on direct, real-space imaging of the stray magnetic field above a micro-scale disc of a thin film of the high-temperature superconductor YBa2Cu3O7−δ (YBCO) using scanning single spin magnetometry. Our experiments yield a direct measurement of the sample's local London penetration depth and allow for a quantitative reconstruction of the supercurrents flowing in the sample as a result of Meissner screening. These results show the potential of scanning single spin magnetometry for studies of the nanoscale magnetic properties of thin-film superconductors, which could be readily extended to elevated temperatures or magnetic fields.

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Patrick's and Brendan's paper on antiferromagnets posted on ArXiv

Patrick's and Brendan's paper entitled "Nanomagnetism of magnetoelectric granular thin-film antiferromagnets" was posted on ArXiv. Since experimental tools to explore antiferromagnetic films on the nanoscale are still sparse, we offer a solution to this technological bottleneck, by addressing the ubiquitous surface magnetisation of magnetoelectic antiferromagnets in a granular thin film sample on the nanoscale using single-spin magnetometry in combination with spin-sensitive transport experiments. Specifically, we quantitatively image the evolution of individual nanoscale antiferromagnetic domains in 200-nm thin-films of Cr2O3 in real space and across the paramagnet-to-antiferromagnet phase transition. These experiments allow us to discern key properties of the Cr2O3 thin film, including the mechanism of domain formation and the strength of exchange coupling between individual grains comprising the film. Our work offers novel insights into Cr2O3's magnetic ordering mechanism and establishes single spin magnetometry as a novel, widely applicable tool for nanoscale addressing of antiferromagnetic thin films.

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Congratulations to Märta Tschudin

We are delighted to announce that Märta Tschudin has won the Inspire Potentials - QSIT Master Internship Award.

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New PhD Student & PostDoc

We welcome our new PhD Student Jodok Happacher and PostDoc Marcel.li Grimau Puigibert. Both will reinforce the mK-magnetometry team.

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Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Riedel

Daniel Riedel successfully defended his thesis and was received the Quantum Future Award from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in Germany (BMBF) and the Center for Integrated Quantum Science and Technology (IQST)!

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Congratulations to Dr. Patrick Appel and Dr. Arne Barfuss

Patrick Appel and Arne Barfuss successfully defended their PhD thesis. Great job!!!

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Paper on quantum sensing and imaging of spin-cycloid in multiferroic BFO published in Nature

In collaboration with the group of V. Jacques and the CNRS Thales we were able to demonstrate real-space visualization of non-collinear antiferromagnetic order in a magnetic thin film at room temperature and manipulate the cycloid propagation direction by an electric field. These results demonstrate how our material of choice can be used in the design of reconfigurable nanoscale spin textures.

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