University of Pittsburgh

Gurudev Dutt

Associate Professor
University of Pittsburgh
224 Allen Hall

(412) 383-6487
(412) 624-9163 (fax)
Research: Condensed Matter Physics
Personal Web site: Research Group

Grad Students

Zhang, Kai
Ji, Peng



Gurudev Dutt focuses on the quantum control of condensed matter systems. Advances in material fabrication and nanotechnology have pushed modern electronic and optical devices to regimes where quantum properties of matter become important. A key feature of quantum physics is the quantum superposition principle. For a single particle, this permits the existence of a phase coherent quantum wavefunction; for two or more particles, quantum entangled wavefunctions exhibit non-classical correlations between the particles. Quantum coherence and entanglement are not only the cornerstone of modern physics, but also have become tools in the growing field of quantum information science and technology with which to realize new paradigms for secure communication, enhanced computation, and precision metrology. 

While there have been a number of demonstrations of fundamental principles using isolated atoms and photons, coherent quantum control and large scale entanglement remains experimentally challenging in robust, stable condensed matter systems. The basic building blocks of these solid-state quantum systems are simple, and familiar to most physicists: single spins, photons and springs. The Dutt group is building quantum control toolboxes for thesesystems, motivated by the need for larger interconnected systems. Tools from several areas such as nuclear magnetic resonance, quantum optics, quantum information science, chemistry and nanoscience are required in this hybrid approach. 

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  •  National Science Foundation CAREER award, 2009.
  •  Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, 2010.
  •  Department of Energy Early Career award, 2011.

Press Articles



  • "High-dynamic-range magnetometry with a single electronic spin in diamond", N. M. Nusran, M. Ummal Momeen, M. V. Gurudev Dutt, Nature Nanotechnology,
  • "Quantum Entanglement between a single photon and a solid-state spin qubit", E. Togan, Y. Chu, A. Trifonov, L. Jian, J. Maze, L. Childress, M. V. Gurudev Dutt, A. Sorensen, P. R. Hemmer, A. S. Zibrov, M. D. Lukin, Nature 466, 730 (2010).
  • "Nanoscale magnetic sensing with an individual electronic spin in diamond ," J. R. Maze, P. L. Stanwix, J. S. Hodges, S. Hong, J. M. Taylor, P. Cappellaro, L. Jiang, M. V. Gurudev Dutt, E. Togan, A. S. Zibrov, A. Yacoby, R. L. Walsworth & M. D. Lukin , Nature, 455, 644 (2008)
  • "Coherent Dynamics of Coupled Electron and Nuclear Spin Qubits in Diamond," L. Childress, M. V. Gurudev Dutt, J. M. Taylor, A. S. Zibrov, F. Jelezko, J. Wrachtrup, P. R. Hemmer, M. D. Lukin, Science , 314, 281 (2006)
  • "Quantum Register Based on Individual Electronic and Nuclear Spin Qubits in Diamond," M. V. Gurudev Dutt, L. Childress, L. Jiang, E. Togan, J. Maze, F. Jelezko, A. S. Zibrov, P. R. Hemmer, M. D. Lukin, Science 316, 1312 (2007)
  • "Coherence of an Optically Illuminated Single Nuclear Spin Qubit," L. Jiang, M.V. Gurudev Dutt, E. Togan, L. Childress, P. Cappellaro, J. M. Taylor, and M. D. Lukin, Phys. Rev. Lett. , 100, 073001 (2008)


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