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Advanced materials and devices for hybrid spin coherent technologies

Objective

The property of spin has been harnessed in an array of revolutionary technologies, from nuclear spins in magnetic resonance imaging to spintronics in magnetic recording media. Nature at its deepest level is quantum mechanical and spins are capable of demonstrating superposition and entanglement, yet such coherent properties have not yet been fully exploited. The exquisite control over materials fabrication and spin control techniques has reached a maturity where spintronics can go beyond purely classical effects and begin to fully exploit these quantum properties. Potential applications range from quantum information processors, including the transmission of quantum information via itinerant electron spins, single microwave photon storage within spin ensembles, and a new generation of sensors exploiting entanglement to yield fundamentally enhanced precision.

The aim of ASCENT is to develop materials and devices in which electron and nuclear spins exhibit long-lived coherent quantum behaviour and interactions which can be harnessed for technological purposes. Specifically, ASCENT will exploit in range of condensed matter systems from molecular materials to silicon-based structures, the possibility of transiently generating and removing electron spins in the vicinity of nuclear spins. The project represents a new and promising direction for the development of coherent interactions between spins in materials, and one which builds upon foundations I have established in my earlier work, often supported by preliminary investigations. Strong interactions with theory throughout this project will provide insights to refine and improve the experiments. In addition to direct applications in quantum technologies, the insights and methodology gained will be fed back into the wider field of spin resonance, including dynamic nuclear polarisation, structural biology and medical imaging.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/molecular biology/structural biology
  • /engineering and technology/medical engineering/diagnostic imaging/magnetic resonance imaging
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/electromagnetism and electronics/spintronics

Call for proposal

ERC-2011-StG_20101014
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Funding Scheme

ERC-SG - ERC Starting Grant

Host institution

University College London
Address
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT London
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 875 550
Principal investigator
John Julian Larrarte Morton (Dr.)
Administrative Contact
Giles Machell (Mr.)

Beneficiaries (2)

University College London
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 1 875 550
Address
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Principal investigator
John Julian Larrarte Morton (Dr.)
Administrative Contact
Giles Machell (Mr.)
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Participation ended

United Kingdom
Address
Wellington Square University Offices
OX1 2JD Oxford
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Stephen Conway (Dr.)