I am currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the group of Alexander Pines at the University of California Berkeley and the Lawerence Berkeley National Laboratory.

I received my Ph.D. in Sep '16 from MIT's Research Laboratory of Electronics and Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering, and the MIT-Harvard Center for Ultracold Atoms. My thesis advisor was Paola Cappellaro.

Research interests: My primary interests are in the development of engineered quantum devices, including next generation nanoscale sensors, quantum simulators and non-invasive quantum-assisted imagers. Applications of my work include single molecule and nanoscale MRI, "hyperpolarization" for signal enhanced NMR, the development of solid-state spin gyroscopes and the quantum control of mesoscopic spin systems.

My work at MIT and Berkeley was profiled by MIT News in an article titled "Quantum Choreographer".


  • 08/05-08/10  B.E. Electrical Engineering, BITS-Pilani, Goa (India).
  • 08/05-08/10  M.Sc. Physics, BITS-Pilani, Goa (India).
  • 09/09-12/09  Masters Thesis, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (India).        Advisor:  Anil Kumar
  • 02/10-05/10  Masters Thesis, Technische Universität, Dortmund (Germany).      Advisor:  Dieter Suter
  • 09/10-09/16   Ph.D. Nuclear Engineering, MIT, Cambridge (USA).                          Advisor:  Paola Cappellaro
  • 10/16-present  Postdoctoral Associate, University of California, Berkeley (USA).   Advisor:  Alexander Pines



Selected Publications (full list)



  • Diamonds could help bring proteins in focus, MIT News
  • Diamond sensor atom scale imaging proposed, Chemistry World
  • Quantum no hiding theorem confirmed for the first time, an application of our algorthmic quantum simulation technique was spotlighted by Phys. Org.
  • Doctoral students seek quantum control, MIT News

Ashok Ajoy

208 Stanley Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720

email: ashokaj@berkeley.edu

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