Raffi Budakian

Faculty, Professor
Raffi Budakian

After earning his bachelor’s, master’s and PhD degrees in physics from the University of California, Los Angeles, Raffi Budakian was a visiting scientist at the IBM Almaden Research Centre.

The World Technology Network awarded him the World Technology Award in 2005 for his work in the detection and manipulation of electron spins. That same year Budakian joined the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign. Budakian joined the Institute of Quantum Computing (IQC) as the Nanotechnology (WIN) Endowed Chair in Superconductivity in Waterloo’s Physics and Astronomy Department.

His work in the past decade has focused on developing the experimental tools for ultra sensitive detection of electron and nuclear spins. At IQC, he will explore applying these tools to address fundamental questions ranging from biology to quantum information.

Research Interests

  • Coupling spins and nanomechanical oscillators
  • Nanometer scale magnetic resonance imaging
  • Exploring nanometer scale quantum phenomena in condensed matter systems

Degrees

  • PhD Physics, University of California, Los Angeles, 2000
  • MS Physics, University of California, Los Angeles, 1995
  • BS Physics, University of California, Los Angeles, summa cum laude, 1994

Awards & Honours

  • John Bardeen Faculty Scholar, 2013
  • University of Illinois Center for Advanced Study Fellow, 2010
  • World Technology Award in materials presented for Single Spin Detection by Magnetic Resonance Force Microscopy by the World Technology Network, 2005
  • IBM Research Division Award for Single Spin Detection by Magnetic Resonance Force Microscopy, 2004

Major Positions

Title Location When
Nanotechnology (WIN) Endowed Chair in Superconductivity Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo, Department of Physics & Astronomy 2014- Present
Associate Professor
Department of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Member of the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory 2011-2014
Assistant Professor Department of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Member of the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory 2005-2011
Visiting Scientist IBM Almaden Research Center, San Jose, California 2001-2005
Postdoctoral Fellow Department of Physics, University of California, Los Angeles 1999-2001

Masters Student

Xudong (Michael) Liu
Xudong (Michael) Liu

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Andrew Jordan
Andrew Jordan
Shruti Jose Maliakal
Shruti Jose Maliakal