New insight into the spin-conserving excitation of the negatively charged nitrogen-vacancy center in diamond

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Original languageEnglish
Article number5144
Journal / PublicationScientific Reports
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jun 2014



The negatively charged nitrogen-vacancy (N-V-) color center in diamond is an important solid-state single photon source for applications to quantum communication and distributed quantum computation. Its full usefulness relies on sufficient radiative emission of the optical photons which requires realizable control to enhance emission into the zero-phonon line (ZPL) but until now is still a challenge. Detailed understanding of the associated excitation process would be of essential importance for such objective. Here we report a theoretical work that probes the spin-conserving optical excitation of the N-V- center. Using density-functional-theory (DFT) calculations, we find that the ZPL and the phonon-side band (PSB) depend sensitively on the axial strain of the system. Besides, we find a relatively small PSB appearing at about 100GPa in the emission spectrum at low temperatures, which provides a means to enhance the coherent emission of the N-V- center in quantum optical networks. © 2014 Macmillan Publishers Limited. All rights reserved.

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