Journal article

Enhanced Widefield Quantum Sensing with Nitrogen-Vacancy Ensembles Using Diamond Nanopillar Arrays

Daniel J McCloskey, Nikolai Dontschuk, David A Broadway, Athavan Nadarajah, Alastair Stacey, Jean-Philippe Tetienne, Lloyd CL Hollenberg, Steven Prawer, David A Simpson

ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces | AMER CHEMICAL SOC | Published : 2020


Surface micro- and nano-patterning techniques are often employed to enhance the optical interface to single photoluminescent emitters in diamond, but the utility of such surface structuring in applications requiring ensembles of emitters is still open to investigation. Here, we demonstrate scalable and fault-tolerant fabrication of closely packed arrays of fluorescent diamond nanopillars, each hosting its own dense, uniformly bright ensemble of near-surface nitrogen-vacancy centers. We explore the optimal sizes for these structures and realize enhanced spin and photoluminescence properties resulting in a 4.5 times increase in optically detected magnetic resonance sensitivity when compared to..

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