Awschalom Group: News

"Spin qubits: Useful defects in silicon carbide," Nature Reviews Materials, July 11 (2017)

"We Can Use Existing Telecom Infrastructure for Quantum Communications," Vice, June 26 (2017)

"Chicago Quantum Exchange to create technologically transformative ecosystem," UChicago News, June 20 (2017) as well as Femilab and Argonne

"Atomic imperfections move quantum communication network closer to reality," UChicago News, June 23 (2017)

"Turning Up the Heat for Perfect (Nano)Diamonds," AIP Publishing, February 14 (2017) as well as and Science Newsline

"Fast-track control accelerates switching of quantum bits," EurekAlert!, December 15 (2016) as well as UChicago, McGill Newsroom, and DOE Office of Science.

"Auf der Quantenrennbahn," (On the quantum racetrack) Informationsdienst Wissenschaft, December 15 (2016).

"5 Brilliant Scientific Accidents," Skunk Bear: Science from NPR, March 1 (2016).

"Quantum optics: Robust light-controlled qubits," Lachlan Rogers and Fedor Jelezko, Nature Photonics 10, 147 (2016).

"Whoops! 12 Tales Of Accidental Brilliance In Science," Adam Cole, NPR, February 24 (2016).

"Berry Phase Based Quantum System To Produce Noise Free Operations," Debasmita Banerjee,, February 20 (2016).

"Moving electrons around loops with light: A quantum device based on geometry," UChicago News, February 19 (2016) as well as, R&D Magazine, ECNmag.comNanotechnology Now, Nanowerk,, and

"Quantenbits kontrolliert und gesteuert," University of Konstanz News, February 17 (2016).

"Macroscopic quantum entanglement achieved at room temperature," Colin Jeffrey, Gizmag, February 2 (2016).

"Physicists entangle qubits in a semiconductor at room temperature," Tushna Commissariat, PhysicsWorld, November 24 (2015).

"Scientists create quantum entanglement at room temperature," Jon Fingas, Engadget, November 23 (2015).

"Physicists Can Now Achieve Quantum Entanglement at Room Temperature," Jamie Condliffe, Gizmodo, November 23 (2015).

"Strange quantum phenomenon achieved at room temperature in semiconductor wafers," Steve Koppes, UChicago News, November 20 (2015), as well as, Photonics Online, Lab Manager Magazine, and Controlled Environments Magazine.

"Light-controlled ‘quantum Etch-a-Sketch’ could lead to advanced computers and quantum microchips," Kurzweil AI, October 14 (2015).

"Fluorescent lights point way towards making quantum chips," Graham Pitcher, New Electronics, October 14 (2015).

"A 'Quantum Etch-a-Sketch' for Writing Circuits," Stewart Wills, Optics & Photonics News, October 13 (2015).

"Quantum electronics with beams of light," Argonne Today, October 13 (2015).

"Physicists have learned to 'draw' quantum transistors with light," (title translated from Russian), RIA Novosti, October 10 (2015).

"Switching on lab lights leads to discovery of new way of making microchips," Subodh Varma, Times of India, October 10 (2015).

"An Error Leads to a New Way to Draw, and Erase, Computing Circuits," John Markoff, New York Times, October 9 (2015).

"Scientists paint quantum electronics with beams of light," UChicago News, October 9 (2015), as well as, Next Big Future, Nanotechnology Now, Nanowerk, and Controlled Environments Magazine.

"Neues Speicherkonzept: Datem im Atomkern," German National Radio, June 29 (2015).

"Spintronics advance brings wafer-scale quantum devices closer to reality," Carla Reiter, UChicago News, June 24, (2015), as well as, R&D Magazine, Product Design & Development, Next Big Future, Nanotechnology Now, Nanowerk,, and Compound Semiconductor.

"Viewpoint: Polarizing Nuclear Spins in Silicon Carbide," Paola Cappellaro, Physics 8, 56 (2015).

"Quantum spintronics: Single spins in silicon carbide," Andrea Morello, Nature Materials 14, 135 (2015).

"A Qubit Candidate Shines Brighter," Catherine Meyers, AIP Journal Highlights, December 29 (2014).

"Marshall scholar to study energy and human rights," Mary Abowd, UChicago News, November 24 (2014).

"Diamond dynamics under control," Lilian Childress, Science 345, 1247 (2014).

"Molecular engineers record an electron's quantum behavior," Jane Marie Andrew, UChicago News, August 14 (2014) as well as "Quantum Filmmakers," The UC Santa Barbara Current, August 19 (2014), "Ein Schritt in Richtung Quantencomputer," University of Konstanz News, August 14 (2014), and "Penn Engineer Helps Record an Electron's Quantum Behavior," Penn News, August 14 (2014).

"Precisely placed imperfections key to enhancing performance," Nina Notman, Materials Today, August 12 (2014).

"Diamond Defect Interior Design," Catherine Meyers, AIP Journal Highlights, August 5 (2014) as well as UChicago News.

Editors' Choice in Science: "Defect Control", Science 343, 1291 (2014).

“Spintronic Thermometer for Taking Temperatures of Single Cells”, Douglas McCormick, IEEE Spectrum, June 27 (2013).

“A physicist’s best friend: Quantum coherence in diamond augments fluorescence thermometry”, Stuart Mason Dambrot,, June 14 (2013).

“Fluorescence Thermometry: Single Spins Feel the Heat”, Fabio Pulizzi, Nature Nanotechnology 8, 390 (2013).

“Spintronics approach enables new quantum technologies”, Steve Koppes, UChicago News, June 4 (2013).

Editors’ Choice in Science: “Spin Thermometers”, Science 340, 788 (2013).

“Quantum researchers control qubit with light”, Richard Chirgwin, The Register, May 2 (2013).

“Use of Laser Light Yields Versatile Manipulation of a Quantum Bit”, UCSB Public Affairs Office, May 1 (2013) as well as, R&D Magazine, and SciTech Daily.

“Diamond defects enable nanoscale nuclear magnetic resonance”, Johanna Miller, Physics Today, Vol. 66, Iss. 4, p. 12 (2013).

“Peering at protons: Unusual properties of a diamond defect are exploited to achieve progress toward nanometer-scale MRI”, Michael Eisenstein, Nature Methods 10 290 (2013).

“David Awschalom introduces the concept of spintronics and its potential in quantum processing”, Science Podcast, March 8 (2013).

“The Future of Quantum Information Processing”, Jelena Stajic, Science 339, 1163 (2013).

“Nanoscale nuclear magnetic resonance”, Johanna Miller, Physics Today: Physics Update, Feb 21 (2013).

“Taking NMR And MRI To The Nanoscale”, Jyllian Kemsley, Chemical & Engineering News, Feb 4 (2013).

“Next Generation: Nano-Imaging”, Sabrina Richards, The Scientist, Jan 31 (2013).

“Diamond defects shrink MRI to the nanoscale”, Katharine Sanderson, Nature News, Jan 31 (2013).

“Nitrogen vacancies detect magnetic fields in fluids”, Belle Dumé,, Sept 4 (2012).

“Nanodiamonds make magnetic field sensors”, Belle Dumé,, Sept 3 (2012).

“PCs in the Sky with Diamonds?”, Damon Poeter, PC Magazine, April 6 (2012).

“Researchers find a way to keep quantum memory and logic in synch”, Chris Lee, Ars Technica, April 6 (2012).

“Quantum computer built in the imperfections of a diamond”, Mark Brown,, April 5 (2012).

“Solid-state quantum computer protects against decoherence”, The Engineer, April 5 (2012).

“Quantum control protocols could lead to more accurate quantum computations”, R&D Magazine, April 5 (2012).

“Quantum Computer Built Inside a Diamond”, Science Daily, April 4 (2012).

“Hard ‘n’ Soft: The Best of the Rest from the Physics arXiv This Week”, The Physics arXiv Blog, January 28 (2012).

“Silicon carbide defects hold promise for device-friendly qubits”, Ashley G. Smart, Physics Today, Vol. 65, Iss. 1, p. 10 (2012).

“How To Make A Cheaper Quantum Computer”, Alex Knapp, Forbes, November 23 (2011).

“UCSB Researchers Break New Ground in Quantum Mechanics”, Kyle Naughton, Daily Nexus, November 15 (2011).

“UCSB finds new semiconductor material for quantum computing”, Garry Wormser, Santa Barbara News-Press, November 6 (2011).

“Cheap Quantum Computing At Room Temperatures”, Alex Knapp, Forbes, November 4 (2011).

“Silicon carbide shows promise for quantum computing”, Belle Dumé,, November 4 (2011).

“Silicon carbide shows promise for quantum computing”, Belle Dumé,, November 4 (2011).

“Diamond and silicon converge”, Andrew Dzurak, Nature 479, 47 (2011).

“Building a better quantum computer with lasers and (impure) diamonds”, Chris Lee, Ars Technica, July 8 (2011).

“Diamond Could Store Quantum Information”, Devin Powell, Science News, March 23, (2011).
Also appeared in US News & World Report and Discovery News.

“Spintronics: Abandoning Perfection for the Quantum Age”, David D. Awschalom, TEDxCaltech, January 14 (2011).

“Scaling Up: The Future of Nanoscience”, The Kavli Foundation, Science Spotlights, January (2011).

“Quantum Measurement and Control of Single Spins in Diamond”, Gerard J. Milburn, Science 330, 1188 (2010).

“Towards superconductor-spin ensemble hybrid quantum systems”, Tim Duty, Physics 3, 80 (2010).

“Thinks globally but acts locally”, Jairo Sinova, Nature Materials 9, 880 (2010).

“Island adventure”, Daniel Ucko, Physics, September 23 (2010).

“Diamonds Are a Supercomputer’s Best Friend”, Eric Bland, Discovery News, August 23 (2010).

“Diamond Feats Give Quantum Computing a Solid Boost”, Robert F. Service, Science 329, 616 (2010).

“Defect-as-Qubit Paradigm Developed in New Materials Systems”, Alison Hatt, MRS Bulletin 35, 564 (2010).

“The coming age of diamond”, Aaron Cook, COSMOS Magazine, May 25 (2010).

“Defect center room-temperature quantum processors”, Joerg Wrachtrup, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 107, 9479 (2010).

“Better than excellent”, David DiVencenzo, Nature Materials 9, 468 (2010).

“Scientists Find Future in Flawed Diamonds”, Bianca Licata, Daily Nexus, May 11 (2010).

“Scientists go beyond diamond for quantum computing”,, May 5 (2010).

“Studying Defects in ‘Alternative Materials’”, Tudor Vieru,, May 4 (2010).

“Physicists set guidelines for qubit candidates”, Lisa Zyga,, May 4 (2010).

“Conversation In Optics: OPN Talks with David Awschalom”, Angela Stark, Optics & Photonics News, May (2010). (Local link here.)

“Scientists Look Beyond Diamond for Quantum Computing”,, May 2 (2010).

“UCSB Scientists Look Beyond Diamond, Develop Road Map for Research on Other Materials with Defects Useful for Quantum Computing”, Gail Gallessich and George Foulsham, UCSB Public Affairs Office, April 30 (2010).

“Resonant approach to a quantum problem”, David Bradley, SpectroscopyNOW, December 1 (2009).

“Diamonds boost processing speeds in quantum computers”, Dario Borghino,, November 24 (2009).

“Diamonds show high-speed computing promise”, Garry Wormser, Santa Barbara News-Press, November 23 (2009).

“Moving one step closer to quantum computing”, R&D Magazine Online (, November 23 (2009).

“UCSB Physicists Move One Step Closer to Quantum Computing”, Gail Gallessich and George Foulsham, UCSB Public Affairs Office, November 19 (2009).

“Spintronics made easy”, Hamish Johnston, Physics Web, October 22 (2009).

D. D. Awschalom in “Discussion on spintronics”, Material World radio program, BBC Radio 4, October 1 (2009).

“The spin doctors”, Matthew Chalmers, Chemistry World, p. 46-49, May (2009). (Local link here.)

“Symmetry boosts spin’s lifetime”, Hamish Johnston, Physics Web, April 1 (2009). (Local link here.)

“Semiconductor spintronics: Snapshots of spins separating”, Mathias Duckheim and Daniel Loss, Nature Physics 4, 836 (2008).

“Physics Update: Spin decoherence in diamond”, Phillip F. Schewe, Physics Today, Vol. 61, Iss. 5, p. 18 (2008).

“Quantum Cocoon”, Davide Castelvecchi, Science News, Vol. 173, No. 14, p. 216 (2008).

“Diamond ‘Spin-Bath’ Gives Crystal View of Quantum Ripples”, J.R. Minkel, Scientific American, March 20 (2008).

“The Diamond Age of Spintronics”, David D. Awschalom, Ryan Epstein, and Ronald Hanson, Scientific American, Vol. 297, pp. 84-91 October (2007).

D.D. Awschalom, in “Getting in a spin”, Digital Planet radio program, BBC World Service, August 14 (2007).

“Putting electronics in a spin”, Jonathan Fildes, BBC World News, August 8 (2007).

The Top 3 Hot Papers: Physics, In-Cites, January 2007.

“Spin measured without destruction”, Physics Web, November 10 (2006).

“Physics Update: Room-temperature spin Hall Effect”, Phillip F. Schewe, Physics Today, Vol. 59, Iss. 11, p. 26 (2006). (Local link here.)

“Electron Spin Plays New Semiconductor Tricks”, JR Minkel, Scientific American, September 22 (2006).

“Room-Temperature Spin Hall Effect”, Phil Schewe, Ben Stein, and Davide Castelvecchi, Physics News Update, No. 793 (2006).

“Spin Hall effect detected at room temperature”, Darius Nikbin, Physics Web, September 11 (2006). (Local link here.)

“Putting a Spin on Electronics”, Mitch Jacoby, Chemical and Engineering News, Vol. 84, No. 30, pp. 30-36 (2006). (Local link here.)

“The Future of Computing: Quantum Leap”, Peter Schwartz and Rita Koselka, Fortune, p. 76, August 7 (2006).

“Towards Room-Temperature Quantum Information Processing”, Anne L. Fischer, Photonics Spectra, pp. 142-143, January (2006).

“UCSB Takes Step Toward Spin Processing”, Tommy Peterson, Computer World, p. 38, November 14 (2005).

“Researchers Light up ‘Dark’ Spins in Diamond”, Science Daily, October 31 (2005).

“Researchers light up ‘dark’ spins in diamond”, Physics Web, October 27 (2005).

“UC Santa Barbara researchers light up ‘dark’ spins in diamond”, Barbara Bronson Gray, Innovations Report, October 27 (2005).

“Microelectronics: The New Spin on Circuitry”, Curt Suplee, Discover Magazine Vol. 26, No. 10 (2005). (Local link here.)

“Taking the Hall Effect for a Spin”, Junichiro Inoue and Hideo Ohno, Science 309, 2004 (2005). (Local link here.)

“Two Groups Observe the Spin Hall Effect in Semiconductors”, Charles Day, Physics Today, Vol. 58, Iss. 2, p. 17 (2005). (Local link here.)

“Physicists Observe Elusive Electron Effect”, Mike Martin, Newsfactor, December 13 (2004).

“Les spins sont disciplines”, La Recherche, No. 382, p. 10 (2005). (French)

“Mesmerizing Semiconductors”, Gerrit E. W. Bauer, Science 306, 1898 (2004).

“Spin Hall Effect in Semiconductors Could Advance Spintronics”, Computer Technology (Germany), Volume 25, 58 (2004). (German)

“Spintronic switching on the way”, New Scientist, p. 18, November 20 (2004). (Local link here.)

“In a spin”, Mark Peplow, Nature 432, 288 (2004). (Local link here.)

“Physics World Praises Work of UCSB Professor”, Ben Krasnow, Daily Nexus, November 12 (2004).

“Hall effect takes a Spin”, Physics Web, November 12 (2004).

“Spin Current Sighting Ends 35-Year Hunt”, Robert F. Service, Science 306, 1116 (2004). (Local link here.)

“Atomic Spin-Offs for the 21st Century”, W. Wayt Gibbs, Scientific American, September (2004).

“A Positive Spin on Semiconductors”, Robert F. Service, Science 304, 42 (2004).

“Spinning into a new era of computing”, Chemistry World, Vol. 1, No. 1 (2004).

“Relativity on a chip”, Michael E. Flatté, Nature 427, 21 (2004).

“Electron Spins Can Control Nuclear Spins”, Phil Schewe, James Riordon, and Ben Stein, Physics News Update, No. 622 (2003).

“Molecularly Bridged Quantum Dots Transfer Spin Information”, Photonics Spectra, September (2003). (Local link here.)

“New Spin for Electronics”, Gary Anthes, Computerworld, August 21 (2003). (Local link here.)

“Quantum Dots Chemically Wired for Spintronics”, Robert F. Service, Science 301, 580 (2003).

“Molecules build a bridge to spintronics”, Katie Pennicott, Physics Web, August 1 (2003).

“Physics Update: The giant planar Hall effect”, Phil Schewe, Physics Today, Vol. 56, Iss. 5, p. 9 (2003).

“A new spin on computing”, Materials Today, Vol. 6, Iss. 5, p 10 (2003).

“A giant appears in spintronics”, Sankar Das Sarma, Nature Materials 2, 292 (2003).

“Getting Warmer: Magnetic semiconductors reach higher temperatures”, Graham P. Collins, Scientific American, March 9 (2003).

“Electronic Acrobats: Tidily tweaking electrons’ twirls”, Peter Weiss, Science News, Vol. 163, No. 8, p. 118 (2003).

“Here’s a switch, for quantum computing”, Michelle Healy from staff and wire reports, USA Today, January 28 (2003).

“Spinning under control”, Materials Today, Vol. 5, Iss. 2, p.10 (2002).

“A new spin on computing - UC scientists suggest way to harness electrons for processors”, Carl T. Hall, San Francisco Chronicle, December 10 (2001).

“Magnesium Diboride, Spin Electronics Cause Stirs”, Simon Mitton, Science Watch, Vol. 12, No. 6 (2001). (Local link here.)

“‘Spin’ Could Be Quantum Boost for Computers”, Kenneth Chang, The New York Times, August 21 (2001). (Local link here.)

“Lighting the way to the quantum computer”, Robert F. Service, Science 292, 2412 (2001).

“Spintastic!”, Catherine Zandonella, New Scientist, Iss. 2295, p.13, June 16 (2001).

“Researchers Pass Electron Spin from One Semiconductor to Another”, Kristin Leutwyler, Scientific American, June 14 (2001). (Local link here.)

“Electronics in a spin”, Michael L. Roukes, Nature 411, 747 (2001).

“Electronics with a Twist”, Stuart A. Wolf, Daryl Treger, and Almadena Chtchelkanova, The Industrial Physicist, Vol. 7, No. 3, pp. 33-35 (2001). (Local link here.)

“All-Optical NMR”, Phillip F. Schewe and Ben P. Stein, Eds., Physics News in 2000, p. 5, Supplement to APS News, Vol. 10, No. 2 (2001). (Local link here.)

“Electron spins pass imposing frontier”, Peter Weiss, Science News, Vol. 157, No. 10, p. 155 (2000). (Local link here.)

“Meet the spin doctors …”, Philip Ball, Nature 404, 918 (2000).

“Magnetic Semiconductors Enable Efficient Electrical Spin Injection”, Richard Fitzgerald, Physics Today, Vol. 53, Iss. 4, pp. 21-22 (2000). (Local link here.)

“All-Optical NMR”, Phillip F. Schewe and Ben Stein, Physics News Update, No. 472 (2000).

Editors’ Choice in Science: “Sending Spins Through Rough Terrain” Science 287, 1169 (2000). (Local link here.)

“Injecting spin into electronics”, Michael Oestreich, Nature 402, 735 (1999).

“Giving it a whirl”, Tina Hesman, The Dallas Morning News, p. 7D, September 6 (1999).

Cover Article: “Electron Spin and Optical Coherence in Semiconductors”, David D. Awschalom and James M. Kikkawa, Physics Today, Vol. 52, Iss. 6, p. 33 (1999).

“Puddle that spins together stays together”, Peter Weiss, Science News, Vol. 155, No. 3, p. 39 (1999).

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