Research Overview

We are an interdisciplinary research group with a focus on developing precision measurement tools and applying them to important problems in both the physical and life sciences - from quantum physics and astrophysics to nanoscience and bioimaging, brain science and medical diagnostics. Current areas of research include:

  • Precision tests of fundamental physical laws and symmetries using maser atomic clocks
  • Using laser frequency combs as improved optical wavelength calibrators for astrophysics, with applications to exoplanet science
  • Nanoscale magnetometry and spin physics with Nitrogen Vacancy (NV) centers in diamond, with applications in both the physical and life sciences
  • Super-resolution optical imaging and functionalized electron microscopy for brain science and other bioimaging applications
  • Development of novel NMR and MRI tools, with applications to basic spin physics and medical imaging

Our research is performed in laboratories at several locations:

Center for Astrophysics

  Harvard Center for Brain Science
at the Northwest Building

  Martinos Center
for Biomedical Imaging



Lab Phone Numbers

617 496 7520   CfA Lab (PG07)   617 496 2539   NW Optics Lab (354.60)
617 496 8967   CfA Optics Lab (PG07A)   617 496 7269   NW Bioimaging Lab (B455)
617 496 7168   CfA Astro-comb Lab (PG07D)   617 643 8636   Martinos LFI Lab

Our research has been supported financially by several organizations.