Journal article

Nitrogen Terminated Diamond

Alastair Stacey, Kane M O'Donnell, Jyh-Pin Chou, Alex Schenk, Anton Tadich, Nikolai Dontschuk, Jiri Cervenka, Chris Pakes, Adam Gali, Alon Hoffman, Steven Prawer



Diamond surface termination with substitutional nitrogen is reported, leading to the formation of a stable surface which is essentially clear of sub-band surface states and has a positive electron affinity. This is predicted to be an ideal environment for near-surface nitrogen-vacancy centers in diamond and may enable magnetic and quantum sensing breakthroughs with these devices.


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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors thank A. Bennett for provision of a IIb diamond sample. This research was undertaken on the soft X-ray beamline at the Australian Synchrotron, Victoria, Australia. This work was supported by the Multimodal Australian ScienceS Imaging and Visualisation Environment (MASSIVE) ( A.S. acknowledges funding support from the Australian Research Council under the Centre of Excellence (Project No. CE110001027) and Linkage Project (LP100100524) schemes. A.G. and J.-P.C. acknowledge the funding support from the EU FP7 Grant No. 611143 (DIADEMS) and the MTA Lendulet programme from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.