Booz Allen Hamilton Colloquium: Edlyn Levine, Research Associate, Harvard University

Friday, February 21, 2020
3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Gannon Auditorium, Brendan Iribe Center
Kara Stamets
301 405 4471

Quantum Diamond Sensing: Advances and Applications to Integrated Circuit Activity Monitoring

Edlyn V. Levine, Ph.D.

Lead Physicist, The MITRE Corporation

Research Associate, Dept of Physics, Harvard University

Dr. Levine will discuss recent advances in state-of-the-art quantum diamond sensing to measure and characterize complicated spatial and temporal variations of microscopic signals (magnetic fields, etc.) from diverse targets of technological interest. The electron spin states of nitrogen vacancy (NV) defect centers in diamond are exquisitely sensitive to external magnetic fields, as well as to electric fields, temperature, and strain fields. Optical initialization and readout of NV spins allows for easy interrogation of the magnetic field local to the NV center.  As such, NV centers are ideal magnetometers for measuring microscopic magnetic field distributions. An ensemble of NVs in a monolithic diamond chip is used to achieve micron-resolution of magnetic fields over a field-of-view of several millimeters with high sensitivity. She will present recent results demonstrating full-vector magnetic field imaging with simultaneous wide field-of-view and micron-scale resolution of static current in integrated circuits (ICs) using a quantum diamond microscope (QDM). Magnetic fields pass largely undisturbed through standard materials used by the semiconductor industry and afford a powerful means to fingerprint IC activity for security and failure analysis applications. The high-resolution QDM images can determine pre-programmed IC active states of intact and decapsulated ICs with high fidelity utilizing machine-learning classification methods.

Edlyn Levine, PhD ’16, applied physics, is a Lead Physicist at the MITRE Corporation. Her work at MITRE focuses on tackling advanced technical challenges and expanding scientific frontiers in the interest of National Defense. She also leads MITRE's Academic Engagement Team, focusing on building research and recruitment relationships with Boston-area universities. She holds these positions jointly with a Research Associateship in the Department of Physics at Harvard University. Dr. Levine has been awarded for her scientific work with nationally competitive fellowships, the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship. She served as the Coordinating Fellow for Dudley House after three years of service as the Dudley Outings Fellow. Her efforts as a Fellow enabled her to contribute to, and enrich, the graduate community at Harvard. She received the Hanson Award for Special Service to Graduate Students in recognition of these contributions. Dr. Levine was also president of the GSAS Science Policy Group. She is invested in empowering graduate students to explore their opportunities and has advised students individually, and via workshops, on how to succeed in graduate school and in the job market.

Host: Professor Ron Walsworth

Audience: Clark School  Graduate  Undergraduate  Faculty  Post-Docs  Alumni  Corporate 

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