Single nitrogen vacancy centers in chemical vapor deposited diamond nanocrystals

J. R. Rabeau*, A. Stacey, A. Rabeau, S. Prawer, F. Jelezko, I. Mirza, J. Wrachtrup

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Nanodiamond crystals containing single color centers have been grown by chemical vapor deposition (CVD). The fluorescence from individual crystallites was directly correlated with crystallite size using a combined atomic force and scanning confocal fluorescence microscope. Under the conditions employed, the optimal size for single optically active nitrogen-vacancy (NV) center incorporation was measured to be 60-70 nm. The findings highlight a strong dependence of NV incorporation on crystal size, particularly with crystals less than 50 nm in size.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3433-3437
Number of pages5
JournalNano Letters
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2007

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