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ECE Professor Awarded $1M in New Grants

Outcomes include a new quantum sensor, superconducting high frequency terahertz source, and a pulsed laser deposition laboratory

UC Riverside’s research into the development of next generation superconducting quantum electronics, led by ECE Professor Shane Cybart, has recently won three new important grants.

With corporate partner Quantum Design INC., Cybart’s lab is developing a quantum sensor for magnetic imaging of materials and electronic devices for the Air Force Office of Scientific Research Small Business Innovation Research program. The phase two award is for $750,000 with $300,000 for the UC Riverside team.  The motivation of this work is to create a non-invasive imaging platform for materials science and circuits for debugging. The principle behind the UCR sensor is to utilize a superconducting quantum interference device to detect the small magnetic fields due to the motion of small currents in materials and electronics.

Cybart’s group also partnered with California small business Tristan Technologies INC. to win a second Air Force Office of Scientific Research Small Business Innovation Research program award to develop a superconducting high frequency terahertz source and detector integrated into a spectrometer.  This phase two award is for $750,000 with $337,000 for the UC Riverside. The high frequency spectrometer has applications in chemical sensing and non-destructive evaluation.

To develop advanced materials for these projects Cybart won a third award for $362,000 with co-investigator Professor Richard Wilson from the Army Research Office to construct a state-of-the-art pulsed laser deposition laboratory at UCR.  This laboratory will be equipped to grow oxide thin film crystals for superconducting and spin-based electronics.