Spin-dependent charge state interconversion of nitrogen vacancy centers in nanodiamonds

Reece P. Roberts, Mathieu L. Juan, Gabriel Molina-Terriza

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The nitrogen vacancy (NV) center in diamond is the most widely studied color center in diamond for its wide range of applications in both physics and biology. The negatively charged state NV- is often favored for its better spin-optical properties, whereas the presence of the neutral charge state NV0 is often minimized or neglected by using a single optimized excitation wavelength. In many cases, the use of additional laser wavelengths has an important impact on the NV optical properties and can lead to a dramatically quenched fluorescence. Through measurements of the photophysics of the NV center we show in this work that this quenching mechanism is mediated by charge state interconversion providing additional channels for nonradiative decay. Our results show that this mechanism is also sensitive to the spin state of the NV-. A better understanding of this physical mechanism will help mitigate the spin and charge state depolarization effects that are detrimental for quantum technology applications.

Original languageEnglish
Article number174307
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalPhysical Review B: covering condensed matter and materials physics
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 17 May 2019


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