Professor Nichol received a B.A. from St. Olaf College in 2006 and a Ph.D. in physics from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013. After working as a postdoctoral associate at Harvard University, he joined the University of Rochester in 2016 as an assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. He is the recipient of the John Bardeen Award at the University of Illinois.
Professor Nichol’s research interests are in experimental condensed matter physics. Nichol investigates the quantum mechanics of nanoscale objects. He has developed new techniques for nanoscale magnetic resonance imaging, enabling precision two-dimensional imaging of an organic sample with 10-nm spatial resolution. Nichol has also explored the use of individual electrons in semiconductors as quantum bits, or qubits, for quantum computers. His ongoing research interests include quantum computing, quantum sensing, and many-body quantum coherence using quantum nanostructures.
Publications can be found at Professor Nichol's Google Scholar page