Dr. John F. Barry is a technical staff member in the Quantum Information and Integrated Nanosystems group, where he develops quantum sensors for biomedical, neuroscience, and other precision-sensing applications. His broader interests span a range of physics and related topics, including molecular laser cooling, precision measurement techniques, applications for smart pixel arrays, and alkali vapor cell technology.
Prior to joining Lincoln Laboratory, Dr. Barry led a team at Harvard University which demonstrated a quantum sensor based on nitrogen vacancy centers in diamond with sensitivity sufficient to magnetically detect action potentials from single neurons. As a graduate student at Yale University, Dr. Barry developed the first methods to allow direct laser cooling and the magneto-optically trapping of molecules. These techniques have since entered widespread use in the atomics physics community today.
Dr. Barry has published ten peer-reviewed papers which have been cited more than 1,000 times collectively, and was recognized for his work pioneering molecular laser cooling as a 2015 DAMOP thesis prize finalist.
Dr. Barry received his PhD degree in physics from Yale University and holds a BSE degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University.