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Home > People > Faculty > Chandrasekhar Ramanathan

Chandrasekhar Ramanathan

Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy


  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sc.D. (1996)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology S.M. (1996)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, M.S. (1990)
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay B.Tech. (1988)


  • 2003-2010 Research Scientist, Nuclear Science and Engineering Department, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • 2001-2003 Postdoctoral Associate, Nuclear Science and Engineering Department, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • 1998-2001 Research Assistant, Sir Peter Mansfield Magnetic Resonance Centre, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Nottingham.
  • 1996-1998 Postdoctoral Fellow, NMR Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School.

Honors and Awards

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship - Center for Engineering in Medicine, MGH, 1997.
  • Predoctoral Fellowship - MGH Fund for Medical Discovery, 1995-96.
  • Rhone-Poulenc Rhorer Fellowship in Health Sciences and Technology, MIT, 1994-95.
  • Bernard Rabinowitz Fellowship, for leadership in Technology and Policy, MIT, Sept. 1992.
  • National Talent Search Scholarship, India, July 1984 - June 1988.


  • American Physical Society
  • American Chemical Society

Contact Information

Research Interests (see my research page)

Experimental condensed matter physics and quantum information science: electron and nuclear spin resonance, measurement and control of many-body spin dynamics.

Selected Recent Publications

"Hyperpolarized Long-T1 Silicon Nanoparticles for Magnetic Resonance Imaging," J.W. Aptekar, M.C. Cassidy, A.C. Johnson, R.A. Barton, M.Y. Lee, A.C. Ogier, C. Vo, M.N. Anahtar, Y. Ren, S.N. Bhatia, C. Ramanathan, D.G. Cory, A.L. Hill, R.W. Mair, M.S. Rosen, R.L. Walsworth, C.M. Marcus, ACS Nano, 3, 4003-4008, 2009.
"NMR multiple quantum coherences in quasi-one-dimensional spin systems: Comparison with ideal spin-chain dynamics," W. Zhang, P. Cappellaro, N. Antler, B. Pepper, D.G. Cory, V.V. Dobrovitski, C. Ramanathan, L. Viola, Phys. Rev. A, 80, Article 052323, 2009.
"Dynamic nuclear polarization and spin-diffusion in non-conducting solids," C. Ramanathan, Applied Magn. Reson., 34, 409-421, 2008.
"Universal Control of Nuclear Spins via Anisotropic Hyperfine Interactions," J.S. Hodges, J.C. Yang, C. Ramanathan, D.G. Cory, Phys. Rev. A, 78, Article 010303(R), 2008.
"Dynamic nuclear polarization in silicon microparticles," A.E. Dementyev, D.G. Cory, C. Ramanathan, Phys. Rev. Lett., 100, Article 127601, 2008.
"Simulations of Information Transport in Spin Chains," P. Cappellaro, C. Ramanathan, D.G. Cory, Phys. Rev. Lett., 99, Article 250506, 2007.
"Fidelity enhancement by logical qubit encoding," M.K. Henry, C. Ramanathan, J.S. Hodges, C.A. Ryan, M.J. Ditty, R. Laflamme, D.G. Cory Phys. Rev. Lett., 99, Article 220501, 2007.
"Dynamics and Control of a Quasi-1D Spin System," P. Cappellaro, C. Ramanathan, D.G. Cory, Phys. Rev. A, 76, Article 032317, 2007.
"Decay of highly-correlated spin states in a dipolar-coupled solid: NMR study of CaF2," H. Cho, P. Cappellaro, D.G. Cory, C. Ramanathan, Phys. Rev. B, 74, Article 224434, 2006.
"Solid-state NMR three-qubit homonuclear system for quantum information processing: control and characterization," J.D. Baugh, O. Moussa, C.A. Ryan, R. Laflamme, C. Ramanathan, T.F. Havel, D.G. Cory, Phys. Rev. A, 73, Article 022305, 2006.
"Multi-spin dynamics of the solid-state NMR free induction decay," H. Cho, T.D. Ladd, J.D. Baugh, D.G. Cory, C. Ramanathan, Phys. Rev. B, 72, Article 054427, 2005.
"Selective coherence transfers in homonuclear dipolar coupled spin systems," C. Ramanathan, S. Sinha, J.D. Baugh, T.F. Havel, D.G. Cory Phys. Rev. A, 71, Article 020303(R), 2005.
"Entanglement assisted metrology," P. Cappellaro, J.E. Emerson, N. Boulant, C. Ramanathan, S.L. Lloyd, D.G. Cory Phys. Rev. Lett., 94, Article 020502, 2005.
"Spin diffusion of correlated two-spin states in a dielectric crystal," G.S. Boutis, D. Greenbaum, H. Cho, D.G. Cory, C. Ramanathan, Phys. Rev. Lett., 92, Article 137201, 2004.
"Encoding multiple-quantum coherences in non-commuting bases," C. Ramanathan, H. Cho, P. Cappellaro, G.S. Boutis, D.G. Cory, Chem. Phys. Lett., 369, 311--317, 2003.

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