Welcome to the webpage of the Quantum nanophotonics and biosensing team at University of New Mexico's Center for High Technology Materials. Our research lies at the intersection of AMO physics, condensed-matter nanotechnology, and biomedical imaging. We specialize in using color centers in diamond to study nanoscale phenomena in biological systems. We are also exploring the use of nanophotonic surfaces for applications ranging from ultra-low-power optical logic to virtual reality.

Motivated students and postdocs interested in joining the lab may contact Victor Acosta, vmacosta@unm.edu. We currently have a postdoctoral position available in Optical NMR.

We are located at 1313 Goddard st. SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106. Lab: 159B, Office: 115A


  • Fluorescent barcode patent from Google published
    Victor's patent from his time at Google Life Sciences (now Verily) has been published:
    Cheng-Hsun Wu, Victor Marcel Acosta, Ian Peikon, Paul Lebel, Jerrod Joseph Schwartz, "Spectrally And Spatially Multiplexed Fluorescent Probes For In Situ Cell Labeling". United States Patent 20170176338 (2017).
    Posted Jul 12, 2017, 3:04 PM by Victor Acosta
  • Yaser wins student travel award
    Yaser Silani has been awarded a graduate student travel grant by the organizers of the PRACQSYS conference in Seattle, WA, to present our SiV optical logic research.
    Posted Jun 15, 2017, 4:47 PM by Victor Acosta
  • Victor receives Beckman Young Investigator award
    Victor is selected as a 2017 Beckman Young Investigator by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation. Press release
    Posted May 19, 2017, 12:06 PM by Victor Acosta
  • Talks at NMR^2, MRS, and Beckman Center
    Abdelghani gave a talk at the NMR^2 conference in Albuquerque, and Victor gave talks at the Materials Research Society Spring Meeting in Phoenix and at the Beckman Center in Irvine, CA.
    Posted May 12, 2017, 2:40 PM by Victor Acosta
  • Multiphoton SiV paper published in Phys Rev Applied
    Victor's paper Multiphoton-excited fluorescence of silicon-vacancy color centers in diamond from his time a Google is published in Phys Rev Applied. Also available on the arxiv
    Posted May 19, 2017, 12:07 PM by Victor Acosta
  • Solution NMR paper accepted to Nature Communications.
    Our paper Solution nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy on a nanostructured diamond chip by P. Kehayias*, A. Jarmola*, N. Mosavian, I. Fescenko, F. M. Benito, A. Laraoui, J. Smits, L. Bougas, D. Budker, A. Neumann, S. R. J. Brueck, V. M. Acosta, is in press at Nature Communications.  You can read the arxiv preprint anytime.
    Posted May 19, 2017, 12:05 PM by Victor Acosta
  • Victor receives Google Faculty Research Award
    Victor receives a Google Faculty Research Award to work on the project: "Next-generation virtual reality displays using nanophotonics" with Adam Backer (SNL) and John Perreault (Google).
    Posted Feb 25, 2017, 2:06 PM by Victor Acosta
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