Paola Cappellaro



  • Associate Fellow
  • Quantum Information Science


  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Department of Nuclear Science & Engineering


  • United States


PhD (Nuclear Science and Engineering), Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MSc (Applied Physics), École centrale Paris
BSc/MSc (Nuclear Engineering), Politecnico di Milano


The main topics of Paola Cappellaro’s research are methods of control of physical systems that can deliver QIP devices (not only quantum computers but also simulators, measuring and communication devices, etc.), which exceed the capacities of the corresponding classical devices.

These control methods are explored theoretically and experimentally in the setting of magnetic resonance, where control techniques have a long tradition. A system that has emerged as a unique candidate for QIP is the nitrogen-vacancy (NV) centre in diamond. The strength of this system is in a hybrid approach that combines ideas from quantum optics, mesoscopic physics and magnetic resonance. Larger spin systems are explored via solid-state NMR techniques instead. Applications are in the simulations of complex many-body systems and quantum information transport.


AFOSR Young Investigator Award, 2012

PAI Outstanding Teacher and Mentor, 2010

Graduate Teaching Award, MIT School of Engineering, 2005

Manson Benedict Fellowship, 2004

Relevant Publications

Ajoy, A. et al. "Atomic-Scale Nuclear Spin Imaging Using Quantum-Assisted Sensors in Diamond." Phys. Rev. X 5 (January 2015): 011001.

Cooper, A. et al. "Time-resolved magnetic sensing with electronic spins in diamond." Nature Comms. 5 (January 2014): 3141.

Magesan, E. et al. "Compressing measurements in quantum dynamic parameter estimation." Phys. Rev A 88 (December 2013): 062109.