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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 15 — Jul. 29, 2013
  • pp: 17639–17646

Super-resolving single nitrogen vacancy centers within single nanodiamonds using a localization microscope

Min Gu, Yaoyu Cao, Stefania Castelletto, Betty Kouskousis, and Xiangping Li  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 15, pp. 17639-17646 (2013)

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In this paper, we show super-resolving single nitrogen vacancy (NV) centers with a sub-20 nanometer resolution in a wide-field localization microscope based on the discovery of photoluminescence blinking in high-pressure high-temperature nanodiamonds (NDs). The photon statistics reveals that NDs containing not only single but also multiple NV centers show photoluminescence blinking. The combination of an atomic force microscope and an optical localization microscope built on the blinking feature enables the optically resolved two NV centers within single NDs for the first time. Our method establishes new avenues for studying nanoscale photon dynamics associated with single NV centers within NDs together with ND-based ultra-sensitive bioimaging devices.

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OCIS Codes
(100.6640) Image processing : Superresolution
(160.2540) Materials : Fluorescent and luminescent materials
(180.2520) Microscopy : Fluorescence microscopy
(160.4236) Materials : Nanomaterials

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Original Manuscript: May 20, 2013
Revised Manuscript: June 29, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: July 7, 2013
Published: July 16, 2013

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Min Gu, Yaoyu Cao, Stefania Castelletto, Betty Kouskousis, and Xiangping Li, "Super-resolving single nitrogen vacancy centers within single nanodiamonds using a localization microscope," Opt. Express 21, 17639-17646 (2013)

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