Wednesday, March 1st: ITST Seminar – Biomagnetic Sensing with Nitrogen Vacancies in Diamond

Event Date: 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 3:30pm

Event Location: 

  • 1605 Elings Hall
  • ITST Seminar

Nitrogen vacancy (NV) color centers in diamond are rapidly emerging as a viable technology for quantum sensing. At the smallest scales, single NVs provide angstrom-scale spatial resolution with sensitivity sufficient for individual electron, proton, or protein detection. At much larger scales, bulk magnetometers harnessing large NV ensembles presently exhibit sensitivities surpassed only by SQUIDs and atomic vapor cells. Between these two limiting regimes, shallow surface layers of NVs allow for wide field-of-view magnetic imaging with diffraction-limited performance. The achieved combination of resolution and magnetic sensitivity remain unmatched for non-invasive imaging under ambient conditions, making solid state magnetic imaging favored for future investigations of various physical and biological phenomena. This talk presents progress towards one primary application: magnetic detection and imaging of action potentials from single neurons. We demonstrate this method using excised axons from two invertebrate species, marine worm and squid; and then by single-neuron action potential magnetic sensing exterior to intact, live, opaque marine worms. Extended-duration magnetic sensing is performed with no adverse effect. We discuss future steps to enable non-invasive imaging of functional mammalian neural networks in real time.