Prof. Englund Awarded DARPA Young Faculty Award
Prof. Dirk Englund described the impact of the research to be funded by the award as follows: "I am very excited that through the Young Faculty Award, DARPA has chosen to support my group's work towards a new kind of solid-state ultra-precise clock. Unlike other clocks built in solids, which typically rely on a mechanical oscillator, this clock uses the precession of a large number of electron spins to keep time. It's analogous to atomic clocks in that regard, but the implementation in a solid - diamond, in this case - could have big advantages in miniaturization, power consumption, and robustness. My group will also consider similar spin-based devices for new types of ultra-precise gyroscopes. If successful, such spin-based devices could have numerous applications in areas such as navigation and communication."