Single photon emission from diamond nanocrystals in an opal photonic crystal

L. A. Stewart, Y. Zhai, J. M. Dawes, M. J. Steel, J. R. Rabeau, M. J. Withford

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We present the first optical measurement of a single nitrogen- vacancy (NV) center in a three-dimensional photonic crystal. The photonic crystal, fabricated by self-assembly of polystyrene microspheres, exhibits a photonic stopband that overlaps the NV photoluminescence spectrum. A modified emission spectrum and photon antibunching were measured from the NV centers. Time-resolved fluorescence measurements revealed a 30% increase in the source lifetime. Encapsulation of single NV centers in a three-dimensional photonic crystal is a step towards controlling emission properties of a single photon source.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18044-18053
Number of pages10
JournalOptics Express
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 28 Sep 2009


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