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Paola Cappellaro elected 2023 American Physical Society Fellow

Paula Cappellaro in black top angled facing left against a grey gradient background, MIT

Paola Cappellaro, Ford Professor of Engineering, Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering and Professor of Physics, has been named a fellow of the American Physical Society (APS). Nominated by the Division of Atomic, Molecular & Optical Physics, Cappellaro was cited, “[f]or groundbreaking contributions to quantum control and quantum sensing with spin systems.”

An expert in magnetic resonance, coherent control and quantum information science, Cappellaro’s area of inquiry focuses on spin-based quantum information processing and precision measurements. With collaborators, she developed the concept and first demonstrations of NV-diamond magnetometers. Cappellaro’s major contributions have been in developing control techniques for nuclear and electronic spin qubits. Her work not only provides a deeper understanding of quantum many-body systems and their environment, but also applies this knowledge to the development of practical quantum nano-devices, such as sensors and simulators.

Cappellaro graduated with a PhD from the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT in 2006. She was at Harvard University as a postdoctoral associate in the Institute for Theoretical Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, before joining MIT as a faculty in 2009.

The APS fellowship is a distinct honor signifying recognition by one’s professional peers for exceptional contributions to the physics enterprise. Election to Fellowship in the APS is limited to no more than half a percent of the membership. A list of the 2023 APS Fellows and citations can be found on the APS website.

October 2023.
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