Diamonds are pretty when they are perfect, but their imperfections make them useful. Slight imperfections (nitrogen vacancies) in diamonds can make them optical sensors of electromagnetic fields. Dr. Jayich uses these diamond sensors to study nanoscale quantum effects and to measure the activity of neurons. She invents ways of imaging spin and charge in condensed matter systems and deploys her findings to improve computing and bio-sensing. Training & awards: Dr. Jayich is the Bruker Professor of Physics at UCSB. She has earned an NSF Career Award, Presidential Early Career Award, and L’Oreal Postdoctoral Fellowship. Dr. Jayich trained at Stanford, Harvard and Yale.
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