Princeton-GIA Diamond Symposium

Fri, Jan 24, 2020 (All day)

We are pleased to host the third annual Princeton-GIA Diamond Symposium, sponsored by the Gemological Institute of America. The symposium aims to foster collaborations among quantum experimentalists, material scientists, and industrial partners. Participants include quantum and materials research groups at Princeton, UPenn, City College of New York, CUNY College of Staten Island, as well as several industrial partners focused on diamond materials and quantum technologies.

Please contact Jess Johnson ( for registration information.

9:00 - 9:30

Breakfast, welcome


9:30 - 10:30

Color centers I

chair: Nathalie de Leon

Lee Bassett (Dept. of Physics, University of Pennsylvania), "Quantum point defects in hexagonal boron nitride"

Troy Ardon (GIA​), "Laser Writing the H3 Defect into Natural Ia Diamond"





Rare earth ions

chair: Joseph Heremans

Thierry Chanliere (Institut Néel, CNRS, Grenoble), "Anisotropy of the erbium spin and optical properties in Y2SiO5"

Jeff Thompson (Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Princeton University)





Bulk diamond and diamond growth

chair: Wuyi Wang

Chloe Peaker (GIA), "Transition metal centers: A potential cause of color in gray-to-blue-to-violet hydrogen-rich diamonds"

Joseph Heremans (Argonne National Laboratory), "Engineering spin defects and their environments"

2:15-2:30 Break  


Other quantum systems

chair: Greg Fuchs

Andrew Houck (Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Princeton University), "High-coherence superconducting qubits"

Nicholas Bronn (IBMQ, Yorktown Heights), "Benchmarking and Enabling NISQ-era Hardware"





Color centers II

chair: Lee Bassett

Mattias Fitzpatrick (Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Princeton University), "Charge State Dynamics and ESR Contrasts of Shallow NV Centers"

Greg Fuchs (School of Applied and Engineering Physics, Cornell), "Engineering spin and orbital states in diamond using a mechanical resonator"


Discussions, lab tours





Friend Center Convocation Room

Condensed Matter Seminar: Alexandre Blais, Sherbrooke "Title to be announced"

Wed, Apr 22, 2020, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Location: Joseph Henry Room, Jadwin Hall

Donald R. Hamilton Lecture: Steven Girvin, Yale University, "Field Guide to the Second Quantum Revolution"