Research Overview

We advance the state-of-the-art in precision measurement -- based on quantum science -- and then apply these capabilities to problems in both the physical and life sciences. Current areas of research include:

  • Quantum sensing with defects in diamond, with wide-ranging applications
  • A new approach to directional detection of WIMP dark matter
  • Precision astrophysical spectroscopy for exoplanet science and cosmology
  • Studying the Sun as a star with our small solar telescope in the Canary Islands
  • New optical and magnetic imaging tools for brain science
  • Novel approaches to NMR and MRI
The Walsworth Group has moved to the University of Maryland and our new homepage is found at

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.