From 26 April to 6 May 2016, the DIADEMS consortium organised a summer school in Cargèse, Corsica, dedicated to the emerging field of quantum sensing technologies. The event, which was hosted by the IESC (Institut d’Études Scientifiques de Cargèse), attracted a total of 60 students from all around the world.
The programme covered the different quantum-enhanced sensing techniques, with a focus on the Nitrogen-Vacancy (NV) center in diamond, while providing an overview of several complementary, and sometimes competing, magnetometry methods. In more detail, the lectures, which were given by 23 pre-eminent international scientists, started out with the very basics of NV physics, such as diamond growth and implantation, or measurement protocols for coherent manipulation. They further covered modern diamond sensor fabrication, the demonstration of applications in biophysics, and condensed matter physics and industry. The complementary magnetometry techniques, presented during the second week of the school, included spin-polarized STM, scanning SQUID, MRFM and GMR.
To guarantee active participation from the students, poster sessions were held over the whole duration of the school. The authors of the best posters were invited to present their work in short talks at the end of the event. The poster sessions provided an excellent opportunity for all attendees to share knowledge and experience, establish new contacts and learn from each other.
The summer school was a huge success and feedback from the students and speakers alike was very positive. All participants were pleased with the interesting and varied content of the lectures, the interactive learning atmosphere and the great networking opportunities. For the detailed programme and other complementary information, please visit the event website.