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Victor Acosta

Victor Acosta (CV, Google Scholar) is an Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of New Mexico (UNM) and the Center for High Technology Materials (CHTM). His current research interests include nanoscale molecular imaging, unconventional magnetic resonance spectroscopy, bio-magnetic imaging, and scalable few-photon nonlinear optical networks in both the quantum and classical regimes.

Victor did his PhD research in Dmitry Budker's AMO group in the UC Berkeley Physics dept, graduating in 2011. He spent his first 3 years working on atomic and molecular physics related to vapor cell magnetometry and then 3 more years studying the fundamental physics of diamond NV centers to develop better protocols and methods for quantum computing and sensing. He also built the first generation of micron-scale magnetometers, which are now finding application in NMR detection of small numbers of spins and mapping of highly localized fields.

From 2011-2013, Victor was a postdoc in Charles Santori and Ray Beausoleil's group at HP Labs. He performed quantum optics experiments with diamond NV centers and other semiconductor platforms. In particular he coupled NV centers to optical microcavities to form integrated photonic circuits for quantum computing and sensing.

From 2013-2015, Victor was a research scientist at Google [x] Life Sciences (now Verily), where he worked on nanoparticle-based molecular imaging approaches for early detection of disease.