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Raffi Budakian Physicist

Raffi Budakian’s research focuses on developing ultra sensitive spin detection techniques for single spin imaging and quantum readout. Current areas of research include (i) design and fabrication of micro-machined silicon cantilevers for sub-attonewton force detection, (ii) development of spin detection/manipulation protocols that enable force detection at the thermal limit, (iii) imaging single dopants and defects in semiconductors, (iv) spin control via active feedback, and (v) combining MRFM with electron nuclear double resonance (ENDOR) for high sensitivity nuclear spin detection.


John Bardeen Faculty Scholar, 2013.

Fellow, University of Illinois Center for Advanced Study, 2010.

World Technology Award, 2005.

IBM Research Division Award, 2004.

Relevant Publications

W. B. Wright et al, "Diffusing Light Photography of Fully Developed Isotropic Ripple Turbulence," Phys. Rev. Lett., vol. 76, pp. 4528, June 1996.



Senior Fellow Quantum Materials

Senior Fellow Quantum Information Science


University of WaterlooInstitute for Quantum Computing


PhD (Physics) University of California, Los Angeles

MSc (Physics) University of California, Los Angeles

BSc (Physics) University of California, Los Angeles



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