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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 17 — Aug. 21, 2006
  • pp: 7986–7993

Coherent population trapping in diamond N-V centers at zero magnetic field

Charles Santori, David Fattal, Sean M. Spillane, Marco Fiorentino, Raymond G. Beausoleil, Andrew D. Greentree, Paolo Olivero, Martin Draganski, James R. Rabeau, Patrick Reichart, Brant C. Gibson, Sergey Rubanov, David N. Jamieson, and Steven Prawer  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 17, pp. 7986-7993 (2006)

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Coherent population trapping at zero magnetic field was observed for nitrogen-vacancy centers in diamond under optical excitation. This was measured as a reduction in photoluminescence when the detuning between two excitation lasers matched the 2.88 GHz crystal-field splitting of the color center ground states. This behavior is highly sensitive to strain, which modifies the excited states, and was unexpected following recent experiments demonstrating optical readout of single nitrogen-vacancy electron spins based on cycling transitions. These results demonstrate for the first time that three-level Lambda configurations suitable for proposed quantum information applications can be realized simultaneously for all four orientations of nitrogen-vacancy centers at zero magnetic field.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(270.1670) Quantum optics : Coherent optical effects
(300.6250) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, condensed matter
(300.6420) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, nonlinear

ToC Category:
Quantum Optics

Original Manuscript: June 2, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: August 3, 2006
Published: August 21, 2006

Charles Santori, David Fattal, Sean M. Spillane, Marco Fiorentino, Raymond G. Beausoleil, Andrew D. Greentree, Paolo Olivero, Martin Draganski, James R. Rabeau, Patrick Reichart, Brant C. Gibson, Sergey Rubanov, David N. Jamieson, and Steven Prawer, "Coherent population trapping in diamond N-V centers at zero magnetic field," Opt. Express 14, 7986-7993 (2006)

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