Welcome to the webpage of the Quantum Sensing & Defect Discovery and Spectroscopy lab at the Mechanical & Materials Engineering Department, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Our research interests lie at the intersection of experimental condensed matter physics with quantum optics and materials science to tackle outstanding challenges in nanoscale metrology, quantum computing, and physical science. We are pursuing three-main directions: i) Quantum Sensing using nitrogen vacancy centers in diamond (nanoscale probing of condensed matter physics phenomena, biosensing); ii) exploring novel solid-state materials based on color centers in wide bandgap semiconductors and two dimensional materials for quantum sensing, quantum computing, optoelectronics, and spintronics applications; iii) coupling disant spin qubits using magnetic and optical cavities for scalable quantum networks.
September 20, 2023: Rupak's work on "Mapping of Spin-Wave Transport in Thulium Iron Garnet Thin Films Using Diamond Quantum Microscopy" is submitted to Advanced Electronic Materials.
September 1, 2023: Yifei Wang, a Ph.D. Student at Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST), is visiting our group from September 1st to December 31st, 2023 to perform quantum sensing microscopy on 2D magnets. Welcome Yifei!
August 29, 2023: Dr. Laraoui is part of two awarded UNL's Grand Challenges teams. The first $4.17M catalyst award “Quantum Approaches Addressing Global Threats” is led by physicist Christian Binek and mathematician Susan Hermiller. Abdelghani Laraoui (MME) is part of IRG2 that will use quantum sensing technologies for sustainable agriculture and IRG3 (as a leader) that uses quantum technologies to mitigate the impact of climate change. Florin Bobaru (MME) is part of IRG 4 to develop Quantum Workforce and Quantum Literacy. The second funded $150k planning grant “Quantum Solutions for Energy Challenges: A Collaborative Leap Toward Sustainability” is led by Mohammad Ghashami (MME) with team including Abdelghani Laraoui (MME), Arman Roohi (School of Computing), and Sonya Türkman (interior design).
August 21, 2023: Our paper "Plasmon Enhanced Quantum Properties of Single Photon Emitters with Hybrid Hexagonal Boron Nitride Silver Nanocube Systems" is selected for the cover page at Advanced Optical Materials.
Jul 23 - Jul 28, 2023: Dr. Laraoui attended the Gordon Research Conference in Quantum Sensing. He presented an invited talk on his lab's recent research progress on using diamond quantum sensors to study nanoscale magnetic phenomena in solid-state materials and spin crossover molecules. More information can be found here: https://www.grc.org/quantum-sensing-conference/2023/
Jul 19, 2023: Dr Laraoui presented a seminar entitled “Study Nanoscale Magnetic Phenomena With Nitrogen-Vacancy Magnetic Microscopy” at the Institute of Chemistry and Materials of Strasbourg (IPCMS) in France. The link to the seminar announcement.
June 1, 2023: Enrique Stolz from Alfred University in NY and Mauricio Velasco from Central Community College in Columbus NE joined our group as REU students within the NSF funded EQUATE EPSCoR center to work on quantum cryogenic microscopy and quantum biosensing experiments respectively.
June 1, 2023: Ben Hammons, 12th grade, joined our group to work on the cryogenic diamond quantum sensing experiments. Thanks NCMN and Nebraska EPSCoR for supporting this through the Young Nebraska Scientists (YNS) program.
May 27, 2023. Our work in collaboration with Dr. Christos Argyropoulos (now at Penns State) entitled “Unraveling the formation dynamics of metallic femtosecond laser induced periodic surface structures” is submitted to ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.
May 8, 2023. Dr. Laraoui gave a seminar on Diamond Quantum Sensing Microscopy at University of Nebraska-Kearney (UNK) within Sigma Xi Science Cafe seminar series. Links to the advertisements at Twitter, Facebook, and UNK.
May 5, 2023. Thitinun (Nick) Gas-osoth, a Ph.D. Student at Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST), is visiting our group from May to August, 2023 to perform quantum sensing microscopy on 2D magnets. Welcome Nick!
April 26, 2023. Javad presented his work on Plasmon enhanced quantum properties of single photon emitters in hexagonal boron nitride flakes at the 2023 virtual MRS Spring Meeting.
April 20, 2023. Our work in collaboration with Dr. Sy-Hwang Liou (Physics), Dr. Yinsheng Guo (Chemistry), and Dr. Rebecca Lai (Chemistry) entitled “Nitrogen-vacancy magnetometry of individual Fe-triazole spin crossover nanorods” is accpeted at ACS Nano.
April 18, 2023. Undergraduate student Nathan Reineke awarded UCARE funding for summer 2023 and academic year 2023-2024. Congratulations Nate!
April 17, 2023. Our work in collaboration with Dr. Christos Argyropoulos (now at The Pennsylvania State University) “Plasmon Enhanced Single Photon Emitters with Hybrid Hexagonal Boron Nitride Silver Nanocube Systems” is accepted at Advanced Optical Materials.
April 5, 2023. Dr. Laraoui gave a virtual seminar on Probing Magnetic Phenomena in Nanomaterials Using Diamond to Prof. Carlos Meriles group at City College of New York.
March 20-22, 2023. Suvechhya presented her work on NV magnetometry of Fe-triazole spin crossover molecules at the 2023 virtual APS March Meeting. Link to the abstract.
January 25, 2023: Our work in collaboration with Dr. Kapil Ambal (Wichita State University) entitled “An efficient method to create high-density nitrogen-vacancy centers in CVD diamond for sensing applications” has been submitted to Diamond and Related Materials Journal. A preprint is posted on Arxiv: arXiv:2301.08712
January 23, 2023: Nathan Reineke, a UNL undergraduate student (Agricultural Engineering) joined our lab. Welcome Nate!
January 19, 2023: Dr. Laraoui gave an invited lecture on Probing Nanoscale Magnetic Phenomena Using Diamond Quantum Sensing Microscopy at the Virtual Lecture Series on Nanodiamond, organized by Adamas Nanotechnologies. The link to the talk at Youtube.
Check out our recent papers:
Rupak Timalsina, Haohan Wang, Bharat Giri, Adam Erickson, Xiaoshan Xu, and Abdelghani Laraoui, Mapping of Spin-Wave Transport in Thulium Iron Garnet Thin Films Using Diamond Quantum Microscopy, Advanced Electronic Materials, under review.
L. Khosravi Khorashad, A. Reicks, A. Erickson, J. E. Shield, D. Alexander, A. Laraoui, G. Gogos, C. Zuhlke, and C. Argyropoulos. Unraveling the formation dynamics of metallic femtosecond laser induced periodic surface structures, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, under review. A preprint is posted at arXiv.
Suvechhya Lamichhane, Kayleigh A McElveen, Adam Erickson, Ilja Fescenko, Shuo Sun, Rupak Timalsina, Yinsheng Guo, Sy-Hwang Liou, Rebecca Y. Lai, and Abdelghani Laraoui, Nitrogen-vacancy magnetometry of individual Fe-triazole spin crossover nanorods, ACS Nano 17, 9, 8694–8704 (2023). arXiv:2303.09636.
Mohammadjavad Dowran, Andrew Butler, Suvechhya Lamichhane, Adam Erickson, Ufuk Kilic, Sy-Hwang Liou, Christos Argyropoulos, and Abdelghani Laraoui, Plasmon Enhanced Single Photon Emitters with Hybrid Hexagonal Boron Nitride Silver Nanocube Systems, Advanced Optical Materials 2300392 (2023) . arXiv:2304.00314
Prem Bahadur Karki, Rupak Timalsina, Mohammadjavad Dowran, Ayodimeji E. Aregbesola, Abdelghani Laraoui, and Kapildeb Ambal, An efficient and low-cost method to create high-density nitrogen-vacancy centers in CVD diamond for sensing applications, Diamond and Related Materials, Under Review.
Adam Erickson, Syed Qamar Abbas Shah, Ather Mahmood, Ilja Fescenko, Rupak Timalsina, Christian Binek, and Abdelghani Laraoui, Nanoscale imaging of antiferromagnetic domains in epitaxial films of Cr2O3 via scanning diamond magnetic probe microscopy, RSC Advances 13, 178-185 (2023). arXiv:2209.07476
Abdelghani Laraoui, and Kapildeb Ambal, Opportunities for nitrogen-vacancy-assisted magnetometry to study magnetism in 2D van der Waals magnets, Appl. Phys. Lett. 121, 060502 (2022).
Our labs are located at Scott Engineering building (Lab 127.4A, Lab 250), 844 N 16th St, Lincoln, NE 68508. We have access to world-class facilities, including the Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience (NCMN) and Nano-Engineering Research Core Facility (NERCF) at UNL’s College of Engineering.
We are hiring motivated postdocs, undergraduate and graduate students to join our group and work in a very friendly and productive research environment. Please feel free to email Dr. Laraoui at firstname.lastname@example.org or just stop by his office, located in Nebraska Hall, Room W312.