Cooper Selco

UC Berkeley

“Nuclear Magnetic Resonance at Cryogenic Temperatures and Nanoscales”

My research is focused on pushing the boundaries of NMR by exploring new techniques and new regimes. By shining a laser on the sample, electrons in the sample will become highly polarized. This polarization can then be transferred to nearby nuclei to enhance the NMR signal detected during an experiment by over 1,000 times! Another avenue I explore in my research is performing NMR at low temperatures and variable magnetic fields. At such low temperatures, the nuclear spins will precess around the magnetic field for a much longer time before going back to their thermal equilibrium state. One of the biggest difficulties in quantum information science is creating a quantum state that will not lose its quantum information too quickly. Therefore, nuclear spins at low temperature offer a pathway towards interesting applications in quantum information. Finally, I am working on studying spin physics at the nanoscale. This work has applications in using nuclear spins for quantum sensing and/or nanoscale MRI.

ABSTRACT

My research is in the field of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). I am focused on pushing the boundaries of NMR by using new techniques such as optical hyperpolarization, building novel instrumentation such as a field-cycling cryogenic setup, and exploring spin physics at the nanoscale for applications in quantum sensing and nanoscale MRI imaging.
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