Photoelectrical imaging and coherent spin-state readout of single nitrogen-vacancy centers in diamond

See allHide authors and affiliations

Science  15 Feb 2019:
Vol. 363, Issue 6428, pp. 728-731
DOI: 10.1126/science.aav2789

You are currently viewing the abstract.

View Full Text

Log in to view the full text

Log in through your institution

Log in through your institution

An integrated route to quantum detection

The quantum properties of the nitrogen-vacancy (NV) center defect in diamond are being pursued as building blocks for quantum-enhanced technologies. Addressing and manipulating the defects, however, typically requires bulk optics, which could limit scalability. Siyushev et al. developed an on-chip technique in which the NV center is detected optoelectronically. Such a detection and manipulation method offers a route to develop an integrated platform for scalable quantum-based sensing technologies.

Science, this issue p. 728


Nitrogen-vacancy (NV) centers in diamond have become an important instrument for quantum sensing and quantum information science. However, the readout of NV spin state requires bulky optical setups, limiting fabrication of miniaturized compact devices for practical use. Here we realized photoelectrical detection of magnetic resonance as well as Rabi oscillations on a single-defect level. Furthermore, photoelectrical imaging of individual NV centers at room temperature was demonstrated, surpassing conventional optical readout methods by providing high imaging contrast and signal-to-noise ratio. These results pave the way toward fully integrated quantum diamond devices.

View Full Text