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Enhanced metrology using preferential orientation of nitrogen-vacancy centers in diamond Article uri icon


  • Pham, L. M., Bar-Gill, N., Le Sage, D., Belthangady, C., Stacey, A., Markham, M., Twitchen, D. J., Lukin, M. D. and Walsworth, Ronald L.


  • We demonstrate preferential orientation of nitrogen-vacancy (NV) color centers along two of four possible crystallographic axes in diamonds grown by chemical vapor deposition on the {100} face. We identify the relevant growth regime and present a possible explanation of this effect. We show that preferential orientation provides increased optical readout contrast for NV multispin measurements, including enhanced ac magnetic-field sensitivity, thus providing an important step towards high-fidelity multispin-qubit quantum information processing, sensing, and metrology.

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  • 2012