The magnetic fields generated by spins and currents provide a unique window into condensed-matter physics. Proposed only a decade ago, magnetometry based on the electron spin of the nitrogen-vacancy (NV) defect in diamond is emerging as a platform that is excellently suited for probing condensed-matter systems: it is operable from cryogenic to above room temperature, has a dynamic range of DC to GHz, and allows sensor-sample distances down to a few nanometers. As such, NV magnetometry provides nanoscale access to the physics of systems ranging from paramagnetic spin baths to correlated-spin materials. In this talk, I will introduce the basic concepts of NV magnetometry, highlight milestone results such as room-temperature imaging of a single electron spin, and describe recent developments in applying NV magnetometry to study spin dynamics in ferromagnets [1,2].
 - Nanometre-scale probing of spin waves using single electron spins,
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 - Control and local measurement of the spin chemical potential in a magnetic insulator,
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