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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 20 — Sep. 28, 2009
  • pp: 18044–18053

Single Photon Emission from Diamond nanocrystals in an Opal Photonic Crystal

L. A. Stewart, Y. Zhai, J. M. Dawes, M. J. Steel, J. R. Rabeau, and M. J. Withford  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 20, pp. 18044-18053 (2009)

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We present the first optical measurement of a single nitrogenvacancy (NV) center in a three-dimensional photonic crystal. The photonic crystal, fabricated by self-assembly of polystyrene microspheres, exhibits a photonic stopband that overlaps the NV photoluminescence spectrum. A modified emission spectrum and photon antibunching were measured from the NV centers. Time-resolved fluorescence measurements revealed a 30% increase in the source lifetime. Encapsulation of single NV centers in a three-dimensional photonic crystal is a step towards controlling emission properties of a single photon source.

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OCIS Codes
(270.5290) Quantum optics : Photon statistics
(300.6250) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, condensed matter
(160.5298) Materials : Photonic crystals

ToC Category:
Quantum Optics

Original Manuscript: July 28, 2009
Revised Manuscript: September 15, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: September 16, 2009
Published: September 23, 2009

L. A. Stewart, Y. Zhai, J. M. Dawes, M. J. Steel, J. R. Rabeau, and M. J. Withford, "Single Photon Emission from Diamond nanocrystals in an Opal Photonic Crystal," Opt. Express 17, 18044-18053 (2009)

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