Journal article

Quantum probe hyperpolarisation of molecular nuclear spins

David A Broadway, Jean-Philippe Tetienne, Alastair Stacey, James DA Wood, David A Simpson, Liam T Hall, Lloyd CL Hollenberg

NATURE COMMUNICATIONS | NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2018

Abstract

Hyperpolarisation of nuclear spins is important in overcoming sensitivity and resolution limitations of magnetic resonance imaging and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Current hyperpolarisation techniques require high magnetic fields, low temperatures, or catalysts. Alternatively, the emergence of room temperature spin qubits has opened new pathways to achieve direct nuclear spin hyperpolarisation. Employing a microwave-free cross-relaxation induced polarisation protocol applied to a nitrogen vacancy qubit, we demonstrate quantum probe hyperpolarisation of external molecular nuclear spins to ~50% under ambient conditions, showing a single qubit increasing the polarisation of ~106 nuc..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Research Council (ARC) under the Centre of Excellence scheme


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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported in part by the Australian Research Council (ARC) under the Centre of Excellence scheme (project No. CE110001027). This work was performed in part at the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication (MCN) in the Victorian Node of the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF). L.C.L.H. acknowledges the support of an ARC Laureate Fellowship (project No. FL130100119). J.-P.T. acknowledges support from the ARC through the Discovery Early Career Researcher Award scheme (DE170100129) and the University of Melbourne through an Establishment Grant and an Early Career Researcher Grant. D.A.B is supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship.