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F. Joseph Heremans

Staff Scientist


My current research focuses on engineering spin systems in diamond, silicon carbide, and other wide bandgap semiconductors for quantum information, nanoscale sensing, and quantum communication applications. These spin systems, such as the nitrogen vacancy (NV) center in diamond and the divacancy complexes (VV) in silicon carbide (SiC), offer a wide variation of control techniques as well as sensitivity to local magnetic and electric fields and temperature.


Selected Publications:


  • A. Butcher, X. Guo, R. Shreiner, N. Delegan, K. Hao, P. J. Duda III, D. D. Awschalom, F. J. Heremans, A. A. High. High-Q Nanophotonic Resonators on Diamond Membranes using Templated Atomic Layer Deposition of TiO2. Nano Letters (2020) [Article Link]
  • 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, Science Advances eaaz1192 (2020). [Article Link]
  • B. Diler, S. J. Whiteley, C. P. Anderson, G. Wolfowicz, M. E. Wesson, E. S. Bielejec, F. J. Heremans, D. D. Awschalom. Coherent control and high-fidelity readout of chromium ions in commercial silicon carbide, npj Quantum Information 6, 11 (2020). [Article Link]



  • V. Ivády, J. Davidsson, N. Delegan, A. L. Falk, P. V. Klimov, S. J. Whiteley, S. O. Hruszkewycz, M. V. Holt, F. J. Heremans, N. T. Son, D. D. Awschalom, I. A. Abrikosov, A. Gali. Enhanced stability of defect-based qubits in quantum wells, Nature Communications, 10, 5607, 2019. [Article Link]
  • S. J. Whiteley, F. J. Heremans, G. Wolfowicz, D. D. Awschalom, M. V. Holt. Correlating dynamic strain and photoluminescenceof solid-state defects with stroboscopic x-raydiffraction microscopy, Nature Communications, 10, 3386, 2019.  [Article Link]
  • 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. Physical Review Applied 12, 014042 (2019). [Article Link]
  • 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, 15, 490495, 2019. [Article Link]



  • (Featured on cover) A. Shearrow, G. Koolstra, S. J. Whiteley, N. Earnest, P. S. Barry, F. J. Heremans, D. D. Awschalom, E. Shirokoff, D. I. Schuster, Atomic layer deposition of titanium nitride for quantum circuits. Applied Physics Letter 113, 212601 (2018). [Article Link]
  • S.O. Hruszkewycz, S. Maddali, C.P. Anderson, W. Cha, K.C. Miao, M.J. Highland, A. Ulvestad, D.D. Awschalom, F.J. Heremans, Strain annealing of SiC nanoparticles revealed through Bragg coherent diffraction imaging for quantum technologies, Physical Review Materials 2, 086001 (2018). [Article Link]
  • P. Andrich, J. Li, X. Liu, F.J. Heremans, P.F. Nealey, D.D. Awschalom, Microscale resolution thermal mapping using a flexible platform of patterned quantum sensors18 (8), 46844690 (2018). [Article Link]



  • G. Wolfowicz, C. P. Anderson, A. L. Yeats, S. J. Whiteley, J. Niklas, O. G. Poluektov, F. J. Heremans, D. D. Awschalom, Optical charge state control of spin defects in 4H-SiC, Nature Communications 8, 1876 (2017). [Article Link]
  • B. B. Zhou, P. C. Jerger, V. O. Shkolnikov, F. J. Heremans, G. Burkard, D. D. Awschalom, Holonomic quantum control by coherent optical excitation in diamond, Phys. Rev. Lett. 119, 140503, (2017). [Article Link]
  • P. Andrich, C. F. de las Casas, X. Liu, H. L. Bretscher, J. R. Berman, F. J. Heremans, P. F. Nealey, and D. D. Awschalom, Long-range spin wave mediated control of defect qubits in nanodiamonds, NPJ Quantum Information, 3 1-7 (2017). [Article Link]
  • S. O. Hruszkewycz, W. Cha, P. Andrich, C. P. Anderson, A. Ulvestad, R. Harder, P. H. Fuoss, D. D. Awschalom and F. J. Heremans, In-situ study of annealing-induced strain relaxation in diamond nanoparticles using Bragg coherent diffraction imaging, APL Materials 5 026105 (2017). [Article Link]
  • B. B. Zhou, A. Baksic, H. Ribeiro, C. G. Yale, F. J. Heremans, P. C. Jerger, A. Auer, G. Burkard, A. A. Clerk, and D. D. Awschalom, Accelerated quantum control using superadiabatic dynamics in a solid-state lambda system, Nature Physics 13, 300 (2017). [Article Link]



  • F. J. Heremans, C. G. Yale, and D. D. Awschalom, Control of Spin Defects in Wide-Bandgap Semiconductors for Quantum Technologies, Processings of the IEEE 104, 10 (2016). [Article Link]
  • C. G. Yale, F. J. Heremans, B. B. Zhou, A. Auer, G. Burkard, D. D. Awschalom, Optically manipulation of Berry phase in a solid-state spin qubit, Nature Photonics 10, 184 (2016). [Article Link]