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Phonon-induced population dynamics and intersystem crossing in nitrogen-vacancy centers

Goldman, M L; Sipahigil, Alp; Doherty, Marcus; Yao, N Y; Bennett, S D; Markham, M.; Twitchen, D J; Manson, Neil; Kubanek, A; Lukin, Mikhail D


We report direct measurement of population dynamics in the excited state manifold of a nitrogen-vacancy (NV) center in diamond. We quantify the phonon-induced mixing rate and demonstrate that it can be completely suppressed at low temperatures. Further, we measure the intersystem crossing (ISC) rate for different excited states and develop a theoretical model that unifies the phonon-induced mixing and ISC mechanisms. We find that our model is in excellent agreement with experiment and that it...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Physical Review Letters
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.114.145502
Access Rights: Open Access


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