Faculty

David Awschalom

  • Liew Family Professor of Molecular Engineering and Deputy Dean for Space, Infrastructure, and Facilities
  • Research and Scholarly Interests: Spintronics, Solid-State Quantum Information Processing, Magnetic Semiconductors, Nanomagnetism, Magneto-Optical Spectroscopy
  • Websites: Awschalom Group
  • Contact: awsch@uchicago.edu
    773.702.7746
  • Assistant: Mary Pat McCullough
  • Office Location:
    Eckhardt Research Center
    Room 237
    5640 South Ellis Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60637

David Awschalom is the Liew Family Professor in Spintronics and Quantum Information in the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering, a professor of Physics, and director of the Chicago Quantum Exchange. He also holds a senior scientist and Quantum Group Leader position at Argonne National Laboratory. His research in quantum spintronics involves understanding and controlling the spins of electrons, ions, and nuclei for fundamental studies of quantum systems, as well as potential applications in computing, imaging, and encryption. 

Prof. Awschalom received his bSc in physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and his PhD in experimental physics from Cornell University. He was a research staff member and manager of the Nonequilibrium Physics Department at the IBM Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York. In 1991 he joined the University of California-Santa Barbara as a professor of physics, and in 2001 was additionally appointed as a professor of electrical and computer engineering. Prior to joining PME, he served as the Peter J. Clarke Professor and Director of the California NanoSystems Institute, and director of the Center for Spintronics and Quantum Computation.

Awschalom received the American Physical Society Oliver E. Buckley Prize and Julius Edgar Lilienfeld Prize, the European Physical Society Europhysics Prize, the Materials Research Society David Turnbull Award and Outstanding Investigator Prize, the AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize, the International Magnetism Prize and the Néel Medal from the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics, and an IBM Outstanding Innovation Award. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the European Academy of Sciences.

Awschalom Group explores optical and magnetic interactions in semiconductor quantum structures, spin dynamics and coherence in condensed matter systems, macroscopic quantum phenomena in nanometer-scale magnets, and implementations of quantum information processing in the solid state. He developed a variety of femtosecond-resolved spatiotemporal spectroscopies and micromagnetic sensing techniques aimed at exploring charge and spin motion in the quantum domain. These measurements resulted in the discovery of robust electron spin coherence, transport of coherent states, and the spin Hall effect in semiconductors.

Spatiotemporal mapping of photocurrent in a monolayer semiconductor using a diamond quantum sensor
B. B. Zhou, P. C. Jerger, K.-H. Lee, M. Fukami, F. Mujid, J. Park, D. D. Awschalom. Spatiotemporal mapping of photocurrent in a monolayer semiconductor using a diamond quantum sensor. Phys. Rev. X. 2020. Vol. 20, Pg. 011003.

Development of Quantum InterConnects for Next-Generation Information Technologies
D. D. Awschalom, K. K. Berggren, H. Bernien, S. Bhave, et al.. Development of Quantum InterConnects for Next-Generation Information Technologies. arXiv. 2020. 1912.06642.

Electrical and optical control of single spins integrated in scalable semiconductor devices
C. P. Anderson, A. Bourassa, K. C. Miao, G. Wolfowicz, P. J. Mintun, A. L. Crook, H. Abe, J. U. Hassan, N. T. Son, T. Ohshima, D. D. Awschalom. Electrical and optical control of single spins integrated in scalable semiconductor devices. Science. 2019. Vol. 366, Pg. 1225.

Electrically driven optical interferometry with spins in silicon carbide
K. C. Miao, A. Bourassa, C. P. Anderson, S. J. Whiteley, A. L. Crook, S. L. Bayliss, G. Wolfowicz, G. Thiering, P. Udvarhelyi, V. Ivady, H. Abe, T. Ohshima, A. Gali, D. D. Awschalom. Electrically driven optical interferometry with spins in silicon carbide. Science Advances. 2019. Vol. 5, eaay0527.

Vanadium spin qubits as telecom quantum emitters in silicon carbide
G. Wolfowicz, C. P. Anderson, B. Diler, O. G. Poluektov, F. J. Heremans, D. D. Awschalom. Vanadium spin qubits as telecom quantum emitters in silicon carbide. arXiv. 2019. 1908.09817.

Correlating dynamic strain and photoluminescenceof solid-state defects with stroboscopic XRDM
S. J. Whiteley, F. J. Heremans, G. Wolfowicz, D. D. Awschalom, M. V. Holt. Correlating dynamic strain and photoluminescenceof solid-state defects with stroboscopic XRDM. Nat. Commun.. 2019. Vol. 10, Pg. 3386.

Heterodyne detection of radio-frequency electric fields using point defects in silicon carbide
G. Wolfowicz, C. P. Anderson, S. J. Whiteley, D. D. Awschalom. Heterodyne detection of radio-frequency electric fields using point defects in silicon carbide. Appl. Phys. Lett.. 2019. Vol. 115, Pg. 043105.

All-optical cryogenic thermometry based on NV centers in nanodiamonds
M. Fukami, C. G. Yale, P. Andrich, X. Liu, F. J. Heremans, P. F. Nealey, D. D. Awschalom. All-optical cryogenic thermometry based on NV centers in nanodiamonds. Phys. Rev. Applied. 2019. Vol. 12, Pg. 014042.

Simple non-galvanic flip-chip integration method for hybrid quantum systems
K. J. Satzinger, C. R. Conner, A. Bienfait, H.-S. Chang, M.-H. Chou, A. Y., Cleland, E. Dumur, J. Grebel, G. A. Peairs, R. G. Povey, S. J. Whiteley, Y. P. Zhong, D. D. Awschalom, D. I. Schuster, A. N. Cleland. Simple non-galvanic flip-chip integration method for hybrid quantum systems. Appl. Phys. Lett.. 2019. Vol. 114, Pg. 173501.

Spin-phonon interactions in silicon carbide addressed by Gaussian acoustics
S. J. Whiteley, G. Wolfowicz, C. P. Anderson, A. Bourassa, H. Ma, M. Ye, G. Koolstra, K. J. Satzinger, M. V. Holt, F. J. Heremans, A. N. Cleland, D. I. Schuster, G. Galli, D. D. Awschalom. Spin-phonon interactions in silicon carbide addressed by Gaussian acoustics. Nature Physics. 2019. Vol. 15, Pg. 490–495.

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