Spin-polarization mechanisms of the nitrogen-vacancy center in diamond

Paul Delaney, James C. Greer, J. Andreas Larsson

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The nitrogen-vacancy (NV) center in diamond has shown great promise for quantum information due to the ease of initializing the qubit and of reading out its state. Here we show the leading mechanism for these effects gives results opposite from experiment; instead both must rely on new physics. Furthermore, NV centers fabricated in nanometer-sized diamond clusters are stable, motivating a bottom-up qubit approach, with the possibility of quite different optical properties to bulk.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)610-614
Number of pages5
JournalNano Letters
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 10 Feb 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Diamond
  • Nitrogen-vacancy (nv) center
  • Qubit
  • Spin polarization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering


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