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Spin-flip and spin-conserving optical transitions of the nitrogen-vacancy centre in diamond

Tamarat, Ph; Manson, Neil; Harrison, Joanne; McMurtrie, Roger; Nizovtsev, A; Santori, C; Beausoleil, R; Neumann, P; Gaebel, T; Jelezko, F; Hemmer, P; Wrachtrup, J


We map out the first excited state sublevel structure of single nitrogen-vacancy (NV) colour centres in diamond. The excited state is an orbital doublet where one branch supports an efficient cycling transition, while the other can simultaneously support fully allowed optical Raman spin-flip transitions. This is crucial for the success of many recently proposed quantum information applications of the NV defects. We further find that an external electric field can be used to completely control...[Show more]

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Date published: 2008-04-30
Type: Journal article
Source: New Journal of Physics
DOI: 10.1088/1367-2630/10/4/045004


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