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Minneapolis — Conference

In March, I had the opportunity to travel to Minneapolis, USA, to attend the APS March Meeting 2024. The APS March Meeting is renowned for bringing together experts in condensed matter physics and quantum physics from around the world. It was also my first time participating in such a prestigious international conference during my PhD studies. 

At the conference, I presented a talk titled “Nuclear Magnetic Resonance with a Single NV Scanning Probe.” The focus of my presentation was on showcasing the innovative potential of using a scanning NV (nitrogen-vacancy) probe to perform nanoscale NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance) measurements. This technology represents a significant advancement, as it enables high-resolution imaging at the nanoscale, which can be applied across a wide variety of scientific domains.

Figure 1. ESR 13 Zhewen XU at 2024 APS March Meeting

After the conference, my colleague Chaoxin and I embarked on a memorable trip along the East Coast of the United States. Our journey began in Boston, where we explored the historic Freedom Trail. Figure 2 captures the start of our adventure on this iconic trail, which is rich with American history and landmarks.

Figure 2. The start of the Freedom Trail in Boston
Figure 3. Ismael and I on the top of Rockefeller Center

From Boston, we headed to Washington DC and then to the New York City. One of the highlights of our visit was going to the top of Rockefeller Tower. The view from the observation deck was breathtaking, offering a perfect view of the sprawling city below. During our time at Rockefeller Center, I have met Ismael (ESR 10). Afterwards,  we had our pleasant dinner at a shrimp restaurant (from the movie “Forrest Gump”) near the Times Square.

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