David Awschalom

David Awschalom

Acting Director, CNSI and Professor,
Physics & Electrical & Computer Engineering

Department of Physics
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9530

(805) 893-2121
awsch [at] physics [dot] ucsb [dot] edu

Institute Role
Member of Computing Solutions Group

Awschalom's group primarily focuses on the physics and applications of semiconductor spintronics and quantum information processing. Their research program explores magnetic and electron spin dynamics within a variety of semiconductor-based nanoscale systems. The experimental efforts combine femtosecond optical spectroscopy with low temperature magneto-optical and transport techniques in order to perform energy-dependent dynamical measurements with high spatial and temporal resolution. Such experiments are ideal for studying coherent quantum processes in a variety of nanostructures and are aimed at exploring charge and spin motion in the quantum domain.

Awschalom 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. He is presently Director of the Center for Spintronics and Quantum Computation, and Associate Director of the California Nanosystems Institute. His group has research activities in 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 has developed a variety of femtosecond-resolved spatiotemporal spectroscopies and micromagnetic sensing techniques aimed at exploring charge and spin motion in the quantum domain. 

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