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Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

| EXPLORING THE INTERFACE OF LIGHT AND BIOMEDICINE

  • Editor: Gregory W. Faris
  • Vol. 3, Iss. 4 — Apr. 23, 2008

Diamond nanocrystals hosting single nitrogen-vacancy color centers sorted by photon-correlation near-field microscopy

Yannick Sonnefraud, Aurélien Cuche, Orestis Faklaris, Jean-Paul Boudou, Thierry Sauvage, Jean-François Roch, François Treussart, and Serge Huant  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 33, Issue 6, pp. 611-613 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.33.000611


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Abstract

Diamond nanocrystals containing highly photoluminescent color centers are attractive, nonclassical, and near-field light sources. For near-field applications, the size of the nanocrystal is crucial, since it defines the optical resolution. Nitrogen-vacancy (NV) color centers are efficiently created by proton irradiation and annealing of a nanodiamond powder. Using near-field microscopy and photon statistics measurements, we show that nanodiamonds with sizes down to 25 nm can hold a single NV color center with bright and stable photoluminescence.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(160.2220) Materials : Defect-center materials
(160.2540) Materials : Fluorescent and luminescent materials
(160.4236) Materials : Nanomaterials
(180.4243) Microscopy : Near-field microscopy

ToC Category:
Materials

History
Original Manuscript: October 30, 2007
Revised Manuscript: January 23, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: January 26, 2008
Published: March 14, 2008

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Vol. 3, Iss. 4 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

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Yannick Sonnefraud, Aurélien Cuche, Orestis Faklaris, Jean-Paul Boudou, Thierry Sauvage, Jean-François Roch, François Treussart, and Serge Huant, "Diamond nanocrystals hosting single nitrogen-vacancy color centers sorted by photon-correlation near-field microscopy," Opt. Lett. 33, 611-613 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/vjbo/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-33-6-611

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