Coherent control of the silicon-vacancy spin in diamond
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Pingault, B., Jarausch, D., Hepp, C., Klintberg, L., Becker, J., Markham, M., Becher, C., & et al. (2017). Coherent control of the silicon-vacancy spin in diamond. Nature Communications, 8 (15579)https://doi.org/10.1038/ncomms15579
Spin impurities in diamond have emerged as a promising building block in a wide range of solid-state-based quantum technologies. The negatively charged silicon-vacancy centre combines the advantages of its high-quality photonic properties with a ground-state electronic spin, which can be read out optically. However, for this spin to be operational as a quantum bit, full quantum control is essential. Here we report the measurement of optically detected magnetic resonance and the demonstration of coherent control of a single silicon-vacancy centre spin with a microwave field. Using Ramsey interferometry, we directly measure a spin coherence time, T2*, of 115±9 ns at 3.6 K. The temperature dependence of coherence times indicates that dephasing and decay of the spin arise from single-phonon-mediated excitation between orbital branches of the ground state. Our results enable the silicon-vacancy centre spin to become a controllable resource to establish spin-photon quantum interfaces.
We acknowledge financial support by the University of Cambridge, the ERC Grant PHOENICS, FP7 Marie Curie Initial Training Networks S3NANO and SPIN NANO, and the NQIT programme. This research has been partially funded by the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under Grant agreement no. 611143 (DIADEMS). B.P. thanks Wolfson College (Cambridge) for support through a Research Fellowship.
UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD (FB EPSRC) (EP/M013243/1)
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/ncomms15579
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/265626