University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1
Phone: (519) 888-4567 ext 32215
Fax: (519) 746-8115
Professor Budakian's work in the past decade has focused on developing the experimental tools for ultra sensitive detection of electron and nuclear spins. He explores the application of these tools to address fundamental questions ranging from biology to quantum information.
Office: RAC 1114
Phone: 519 888-4567 ext. 31058
Professor Budakian's research focuses on developing highly sensitive tools, based on ultra-sensitive force detection, to study magnetism on the nanometer scale. These tools have been applied to explore novel phenomena in condensed matter systems, such as the detection of half-quantum vortex states in unconventional superconductors, imaging emergent order in frustrated magnetic systems, and imaging vortex fluctuations in superconducting arrays. He and his research group are also developing new techniques that combine magnetic resonance and ultra-sensitive force detection to study the interaction of small ensembles of nuclear and electron spins, with applications ranging from quantum information processing to imaging the structure of proteins and virus particles.
Current areas of research include
J.M. Nichol, E.R. Hemesath, L.J. Lauhon, R. Budakian, Nanomechanical detection of nuclear magnetic resonance using a silicon nanowire oscillator. Phys. Rev. B., 054414-1-6 (2012).
M. Kim, X.M. Chen, X. Wang, C.S. Nelson, R. Budakian, P. Abbamonte, S.L. Cooper, Pressure and field tuning the magnetostructural phases of Mn3O4: Raman scattering and x-ray diffraction studies. Phys. Rev. B., 174424-1-11 (2011).
J. Jang, D.G. Ferguson, V. Vakaryuk, R. Budakian, S.B. Chung, P.M. Goldbart,and Y. Maeno, Observation of half-height magnetization steps in Sr2RuO4. Science 331, 186-188 (2011).
R. Budakian, H. J. Mamin, B. W. Chui, and D. Rugar. Creating order from random fluctuations in small spin ensembles. Science 307, 408-411 (2005).
R. Budakian, H. J. Mamin, and D. Rugar. Suppression of spin diffusion near a micron-size ferromagnet. Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 037205-1-4 (2004).
The following stories have featured Dr. Budakian's research:
The University of Waterloo acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is centralized within our Indigenous Initiatives Office.