Emergent Quantum Materials and Technologies (EQUATE) is a $20 million NSF-funded project placing Nebraska researchers in the second quantum revolution. This project focuses on research and workforce development to advance knowledge on topics related to quantum materials, technologies, and computation. These new technologies will revolutionize fields such as information technology, medicine, meteorology, and cryptography, with an impact on security areas such as defense and banking. EQUATE consolidates the quantum science and technology expertise of 20 faculty researchers across the four Nebraska research institutions, establishing collaboration and feedback between theory and experiment to guide discoveries and expedite the findings of new emergent quantum materials and phenomena.
Competitive stipend: $6,000
Suite-style room and meal plan
Travel expenses to and from Lincoln
Campus parking and/or bus pass
Full access to the Campus Recreation Center and campus library system
Nanoscale imaging of magnetic phenomena in solid-state materials using diamond quantum sensors
A wide range of new materials showing exciting magnetic phenomena have been discovered over the past few decades. However, current characterization techniques do not provide the combined spatial resolution and sensitivity required to fully map their properties at the nanometer scale. A new technique has emerged for measuring physical properties (magnetic, optical, electrical…) at the nanoscale with the potential to increase sensitivity and resolution well beyond existing methods. This technology uses small diamond sheets engineered to contain nitrogen vacancy (NV) centers. In this project, students will use NV microscopy to characterize materials and compare to results obtained using current characterization techniques such as magnetic force microscopy (MFM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Students will also learn new skills in quantum optics, microwave electronics, and device nanofabrication.