Date Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Time 4:35 pm to 5:45 pm
Location Wright Laboratory of Physics, W201, Wright Lecture Hall

110 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, OH 44074

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"A Diamond Magnetic Microscope for Neuroscience" is the title of the talk to be presented by Jennifer Schloss ’11, PhD candidate in physics at MIT.

Abstract:  Nitrogen-vacancy (NV) centers in diamond are atomic-scale impurities that can detect weak or nanoscale magnetic fields under ambient conditions.  In this talk I will illustrate how we harness NV centers to detect the fleeting magnetic fields produced by individual firing neurons. 

I will describe how we built a device that achieves record broadband magnetic field sensitivity and all-optical detection without causing any damage to biological samples.  Finally, I will discuss recent advances that open the door to noninvasive imaging of functional activity in neuronal circuits using these quantum defects in diamond.

 A reception for Jenny begins at 4:10 p.m. in the Anderson Lounge, Wright Lab, second floor.

Sponsored in part by Alumni in Service to Oberlin College.

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Diane Doman

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