Associate Professor


Research Interests:

Quantum Tool Development

My laboratory focuses on table top-scale experiments, developing new quantum tools for precision measurements, and employing them to address key problems in fundamental and applied science. We use nitrogen-vacancy (NV) centers in diamond to perform magnetic imaging on the nanometer scale and study the fundamentals of statistical mechanics and many-body physics of interacting spin systems. We are also searching for dark matter, using precision nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) techniques.

Selected Publications:

Search for axion-like dark matter with ferromagnetsAlexander V. Gramolin, Deniz Aybas, Dorian Johnson, Janos Adam & Alexander O. Sushkov, Nature Physics, 17, 79 (2021).

Search for axion-like dark matter using solid-state nuclear magnetic resonanceDeniz Aybas, Janos Adam, Emmy Blumenthal, Alexander V. Gramolin, Dorian Johnson, Annalies Kleyheeg, Samer Afach, John W. Blanchard, Gary P. Centers, Antoine Garcon, Martin Engler, Nataniel L. Figueroa, Marina Gil Sendra, Arne Wickenbrock, Matthew Lawson, Tao Wang, Teng Wu, Haosu Luo, Hamdi Mani, Philip Mauskopf, Peter W. Graham, Surjeet Rajendran, Derek F. Jackson Kimball, Dmitry Budker, & Alexander O. Sushkov, Phys. Rev. Lett., 126, 141802 (2021).

Quantum sensitivity limits of nuclear magnetic resonance experiments searching for new fundamental physicsDeniz Aybas, Hendrik Bekker, John W. Blanchard, Dmitry Budker, Gary P. Centers, Nataniel L. Figueroa, Alexander V. Gramolin, Derek F. Jackson Kimball, Arne Wickenbrock, & Alexander O. Sushkov, Quantum Science and Technology, 6, 034007 (2021).

Exploring 2D synthetic quantum Hall physics with a quasi-periodically driven qubitEric Boyers, Philip J. D. Crowley, Anushya Chandran, Alexander O. Sushkov, Phys. Rev. Lett., 125, 160505 (2020).

“Probing the frontiers of particle physics with tabletop-scale experiments” D. DeMille, J. M. Doyle, A. O. Sushkov, Science, 357, 990 (2017).

“Nuclear magnetic resonance detection and spectroscopy of single proteins using quantum logic” I. Lovchinsky, A. O. Sushkov, E. Urbach, N. P. de Leon, S. Choi, K. De Greve, R. Evans, R. Gertner, E. Bersin, C. Muller, L. McGuinness, F. Jelezko, R. L. Walsworth, H. Park, M. D. Lukin, Science, 351, 836 (2016).

“Cosmic Axion Spin Precession Experiment (CASPEr)” D. Budker, P. W. Graham, M. Ledbetter, S.Rajendran, and A. O. Sushkov, Phys. Rev. X, 4, 021030 (2014).

“Magnetic resonance detection of individual proton spins using a quantum reporter network” A. O. Sushkov, I. Lovchinsky, N. Chisholm, R. L. Walsworth, H. Park, M. D. Lukin, Phys. Rev. Lett., 113, 197601 (2014).

“Observation of the thermal Casimir force.” A. O. Sushkov, W. J. Kim, D. A. R. Dalvit, and S. K. Lamoreaux, Nature Physics 7, 230 (2011).

For a full list of publications, please visit the research website above, or see Prof. Sushkov’s Google Scholar profile


  • NSF CAREER award (2021)
  • Sloan Research Fellow (2016)