Coherent population trapping of single spins in diamond under optical excitation

Charles Santori*, Philippe Tamarat, Philipp Neumann, Jörg Wrachtrup, David Fattal, Raymond G. Beausoleil, James Rabeau, Paolo Olivero, Andrew D. Greentree, Steven Prawer, Fedor Jelezko, Philip Hemmer

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Coherent population trapping is demonstrated in single nitrogen-vacancy centers in diamond under optical excitation. For sufficient excitation power, the fluorescence intensity drops almost to the background level when the laser modulation frequency matches the 2.88 GHz splitting of the ground states. The results are well described theoretically by a four-level model, allowing the relative transition strengths to be determined for individual centers. The results show that all-optical control of single spins is possible in diamond.

Original languageEnglish
Article number247401
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes

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Copyright 2006 by The American Physical Society. Reprinted from Physical review letters.


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