What can you do with a tiny piece of diamond with a defect in it?

We are a young independent research group at MPI-FKF in Stuttgart, exploring magnetism at the single spin level using solid-state defect centers.

The ability to control single atomic and molecular spins not only offers the ultimate miniaturization of electronic devices, but also the realization of operational quantum bits (qubits). The research effort in my group is devoted to understand and control quantum mechanical properties of such smallest building blocks of matter, especially by probing them in the least invasive manner. As addressing the spin states in such quantum systems is an extremely challenging and delicate task, we use state-of-the-art highly sensitive NV-magnetometry techniques. 

In my group, currently we are preparing two low-temperature (4 K) experimental setups that will combine sample preparation and measurement capabilities in ultra-high vacuum, along with optical access to the cold measurement head involving laser excitations at different wavelengths.

Want to know more and excited to work with us? We are currently funded by Emmy Noether programme from the DFG and IQST young researcher programme. There are several opportunities in my group for research at masters, PhD and Postdoctoral level. See below and send your full application by email: a.singha@fkf.mpg.de

Current members

Postdoctoral researcher: Dr. Toni Hache, Dr. Ricardo Javier Pena Roman

PhD student: Dinesh Pinto

Research assistant: Atharva Paranjape, Anshu

Former members

Dr. Domenico Paone, Jeffrey Neethi Neethirajan, Peter Lendway 


IQST young researcher grant

Emmy Noether grant from the DFG

Read about our latest research

Engineering atomic-scale magnetic fields by dysprosium single atom magnets: Nature Communications 12, 4179 (2021)

Mapping Orbital-Resolved Magnetism in Single Lanthanide Atoms: ACS Nano 15, 16162 (2021)

All-optical and microwave-free detection of Meissner screening using nitrogen-vacancy centers in diamond: Journal of Applied Physics 129, 024306 (2021)

Readout and control of an endofullerene electronic spin: Nature Communications 11, 6405 (2020) 

Tuning Single-Atom Electron Spin Resonance in a Vector Magnetic Field: Nano Letter 19, 8201 (2019) 

Open positions

Postdoctoral researcher position on the topic: “Non-invasive imaging and coherent control of surface-supported spins

This research involves non-invasive magnetic imaging and coherent control of single spins on surfaces using novel defect centres (such as nitrogen vacancies in diamond). Learn more

PhD student position with the thesis topic: “High-resolution magnetometry using color-centers at low-temperature and ultra-high vacuum

This thesis will focus on establishing high-resolution magnetometry technique at low-temperatures and ultra-high vacuum. These controlled environments are crucial for understanding and manipulating single spins on surfaces. Learn more.

Opportunities for bachelor and masters thesis

We welcome enthusiastic masters and bachelor students for working with us at the intersection of physics, material science and engineering. Interested candidates should directly write to Dr. Singha.

Contact us

Dr. Aparajita Singha

Max Planck institute for Solid State Research, Heisenbergstraße 1, 70569 Stuttgart, Germany

Phone: +49 711 689-1538

Email: a.singha@fkf.mpg.de