Nicholas Curro

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Office: 201 Physics Building
Phone: +1 (530)7540837
Fax: +1 (530) 752-4717

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Research Interests:

Nicholas Curro researches Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and Optically-Detected Magnetic Resonance of quantum matter, especially phenomena associated with magnetism, unconventional superconductivity and heavy fermion physics. He is actively investigating several areas, including mesoscopic and nanoscale charge and spin inhomogeneity in correlated electron systems, novel NMR techniques, such as spin echo double resonance and multiple quantum coherence, the behavior of matter under extreme conditions (milliKelvin temperatures, GPa hydrostatic pressures, high magnetic fields, uniaxial stress), and NV centers in diamond for quantum sensing under pressure.

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Career History

  • Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1998
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1998-2000
  • Technical Staff Member, Los Alamos National Laboratory from 2000-2007
  • Assistant Professor, University of California, Davis, from 2007-2009
  • Associate Professor, University of California, Davis, 2009-2012
  • Professor, University of California, Davis, 2012-present


  • Graduate Program Advising and Mentoring Award, 2021
  • UC Davis Chancellor's Fellow, 2012-17
  • Fellow, American Physical Society, 2011
  • Math and Physical Science Divisional Research Award, University of California at Davis, 2011
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory Achievement Award, 2005
  • University of Illinois Excellence in Teaching Award, 1990