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


Jodok's Temperature Dependent Photophysics Paper published on the arXiv!

We present a comprehensive study of the temperature and magnetic-field dependent photolumi- nescence (PL) of individual NV centers in diamond, spanning the temperature-range from cryogenic to ambient conditions. We directly observe the…

Welcome Clément!

We welcome our newest PostDoc, Dr. Clément Pellet-Mary, in our group. He will be working on low temperature scanning NV magnetometry.

Beat's & Tobias' N15 Nuclear Sensing Paper published on the arXiv!

Solid state spins have demonstrated significant potential in quantum sensing with applications including fundamental science, medical diagnostics and navigation. The quantum sensing schemes showing best performance under ambient conditions…

Viktoria's Optically Coherent NVs in Thin Microstructures Paper published in APL!

The nitrogen-vacancy center (NV) in diamond, with its exceptional spin coherence and convenience in optical spin initialization and readout, is increasingly used both as a quantum sensor and as a building block for quantum networks.…

Sigurd's Raman paper published in Optica!

Tunable open-access Fabry–Perot microcavities are versatile and widely applied in different areas of photonics research. The open geometry of such cavities enables the flexible integration of thin dielectric membranes. Efficient coupling of…

Welcome Debarghya

We welcome a new PhD student, Debarghya! He will reinforce the 4K magnetometry team on their hunt for 2D magnetic materials. To successful experiments!

Princeton Collab Neutral Silicon Vacancy Center Stabilization Paper published on the arXiv!

Neutral silicon vacancy centers (SiV0) in diamond are promising candidates for quantum networks because of their long spin coherence times and stable, narrow optical transitions. However, stabilizing SiV0 requires high purity, boron doped…

Welcome Silvia!

We welcome our newest PostDoc, Dr. Silvia Ruffieux, in our ranks. She will focus on Diamond Nano-Fabrication for our Quantum Sensing Technology projects.

Goodbye Brendan!

We say goodbye to our longest-standing PostDoc, Dr. Brendan Shields! You have shaped the Quantum Sensing Group enormously, and we'll not forget it! Thank you for everything and all the best in Boston!

Sigurd's diamond microcavity paper published in the Journal of Applied Physics

With a highly coherent, optically addressable electron spin, the nitrogen-vacancy (NV) center in diamond is a promising candidate for a node in a quantum network. A resonant microcavity can boost the flux of coherent photons emerging from…