Journal article

Coherent Optical Transitions in Implanted Nitrogen Vacancy Centers

Y Chu, NP de Leon, BJ Shields, B Hausmann, R Evans, E Togan, MJ Burek, M Markham, A Stacey, AS Zibrov, A Yacoby, DJ Twitchen, M Loncar, H Park, P Maletinsky, MD Lukin

Nano Letters | AMER CHEMICAL SOC | Published : 2014


We report the observation of stable optical transitions in nitrogen-vacancy (NV) centers created by ion implantation. Using a combination of high temperature annealing and subsequent surface treatment, we reproducibly create NV centers with zero-phonon lines (ZPL) exhibiting spectral diffusion that is close to the lifetime-limited optical line width. The residual spectral diffusion is further reduced by using resonant optical pumping to maintain the NV(-) charge state. This approach allows for placement of NV centers with excellent optical coherence in a well-defined device layer, which is a crucial step in the development of diamond-based devices for quantum optics, nanophotonics, and quant..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We thank F. Jelezko for many fruitful discussions and for sharing the ideas on NV<SUP>0</SUP> repumping technique with us. Etching and postprocessing of diamond samples were performed in the Center for Nanoscale Systems at Harvard. This work was supported by the NSF, CUA, the DARPA QUASAR and SPARQC programs, and the STC Center for Integrated Quantum Materials, NSF Grant No. DMR-1231319. Y.C. and R.E. acknowledge financial support from the NSF GRFP. N.P.d.L. acknowledges financial support from the Element Six Postdoctoral fellowship. B.H. and Y.C. acknowledge financial support from HQOC,