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Nir Bar-Gill

Nir Bar-Gill’s research aims to create a new platform for both fundamental studies in quantum science and interdisciplinary applications. Specifically, Nir currently focuses on the nitrogen-vacancy (NV), a unique naturally occurring color center in diamond that can serve as a building block for quantum information processing.

The NV center has remarkable quantum properties, which are readily accessible even at ambient conditions. Therefore, diamond-based devices embedded with these NVs could lead to breakthrough applications in a wide range of fields. For example, NVs are currently leading candidates for serving as building blocks for quantum processors, which could have profound implications in all aspects of information technology, including computing, communications and cryptography. Nir’s recent work has contributed to this endeavor, extending the NV quantum coherence time to 1 second, constituting a significant improvement compared to previous results. In addition, the spin properties of the NVs give them the ability to act as very sensitive magnetic sensors. Therefore, NV carrying diamonds and nano-diamonds can be used for highly sensitive Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), as is used today in hospitals, but in a small, portable package. Such sensitive diamond-based MRI devices could be used in medical applications, as well as in fundamental research.


Minerva ARCHES award for research cooperation and high excellence in science, 2014.

Harvard post-doctoral award for career development, 2012.

Feinberg Dean's prize for excellence, 2008.

Auto Schwartz fellowship for excellence in research, 2007.

Relevant Publications

S. Wolf et al, "Purcell-enhanced optical spin readout of nitrogen-vacancy centers in diamond," Phys. Rev. B 92, 235410, 2015.

D. Farfurnik et al, "Optimizing a dynamical decoupling protocol for solid-state electronic spin ensembles in diamond," Phys. Rev. B 92, 060301(R), 2015.

Y. Romach et al, "Spectroscopy of Surface-Induced Noise Using Shallow Spins in Diamond," Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 017601, 2015.

N. Bar-Gill et al, "Solid-state electronic spin coherence time approaching one second," Nat. Commun. 4, 1743, 2013.

N. Bar-Gill et al, "Suppression of spin bath dynamics for improved coherence of multi-spin-qubit systems," Nat. Commun. 3, 858, 2012.



CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar Quantum Information Science


The Hebrew University of JerusalemDepartment of Applied Physics and Physics


PhD (Physics) Weizmann Institute of Science

MSc (Physics) Technion, Israel

BSc (Electrical Engineering) Technion, Israel

BA (Physics) Technion, Israel



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