Viva Horowitz

Viva Horowitz
Viva Horowitz

Assistant Professor of Physics

Taylor Science Center G054

Viva R. Horowitz built dynamic artificial cells as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard and designed optomechanical gyroscopes as a postdoctoral research scholar at Caltech. Horowitz earned her doctorate in physics at UC Santa Barbara, where she built a new tool for magnetic imaging using the quantum bits in optically levitated nanocrystals of luminescent diamond.

She graduated with a bachelor's in physics from Swarthmore College and is excited to return to the community of a small liberal arts college.

Recent Courses Taught

Quantum Physics Lab
Quantum Theory
Waves and Fields Lab
Quantum Mechanics Lab
Physics I
Survey of Physics Lab

Research Interests

Condensed matter experiment, including: Colloidal qubits in solution, micro-swimmers, microfluidics, sensing, and table-top optical techniques.

Select Publications

  • Electron spin resonance of nitrogen-vacancy centers in optically trapped nano diamonds. Viva R. Horowitz, Benjamín J. Alemán, David J. Christle, Andrew N. Cleland, and David D. Awschalom. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 109. 13493 (2012).
  • Generating spin currents in semiconductors with the spin Hall effect. V. Sih, W. H. Lau, R. C. Myers, V. R. Horowitz, A. C. Gossard, and D. D. Awschalom, Phys. Rev. Lett. 97. 096605 (2006).
  • Mechanical control of spin-orbit splitting in GaAs in In0.04Ga0.96As epilayers. V. Sih, H. Knotz, J. Stephans, V. R. Horowitz, A. C. Gossard, and D. D. Awschalom, Phys. Rev. B 73, 241316 (2006).
  • Aggregation behavior and chromonic liquid crystal properties of an anionic monoazo dye. Viva R. Horowitz, Lauren A. Janowitz, Aaron L. Modic, Paul A. Heiney, and Peter J. Collings, Phys. Rev. E 72, 041710 (2005).
  • Optofluidics: field or technique? Viva R. Horowitz, David D. Awschalom, and Sumita Pennathur, Lab on a Chip, 8, 1856 (2008).

Appointed to the Faculty: 2016

Educational Background

Ph.D., University of California Santa Barbara
M.S., University of California Santa Barbara
B.A., Swarthmore College

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