Observation of the dynamic Jahn-Teller effect in the excited states of nitrogen-vacancy centers in diamond

Kai Mei C Fu, Charles Santori, Paul E. Barclay, Lachlan J. Rogers, Neil B. Manson, Raymond G. Beausoleil

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Abstract

The optical transition linewidth and emission polarization of single nitrogen-vacancy (NV) centers are measured from 5 K to room temperature. Interexcited state population relaxation is shown to broaden the zero-phonon line and both the relaxation and linewidth are found to follow a T5 dependence for T<100K. This dependence indicates that the dynamic Jahn-Teller effect is the dominant dephasing mechanism for the NV optical transitions at low temperatures.

Original languageEnglish
Article number256404
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume103
Issue number25
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Dec 2009
Externally publishedYes

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