Observation and control of blinking nitrogen-vacancy centres in discrete nanodiamonds

Bradac, C., Gaebel, T., Naidoo, N., Sellars, M. J., Twamley, J., Brown, L. J., Barnard, A. S., Plakhotnik, T., Zvyagin, A. V. and Rabeau, J. R. (2010) Observation and control of blinking nitrogen-vacancy centres in discrete nanodiamonds. Nature Nanotechnology, 5 5: 345-349. doi:10.1038/NNANO.2010.56

Author Bradac, C.
Gaebel, T.
Naidoo, N.
Sellars, M. J.
Twamley, J.
Brown, L. J.
Barnard, A. S.
Plakhotnik, T.
Zvyagin, A. V.
Rabeau, J. R.
Title Observation and control of blinking nitrogen-vacancy centres in discrete nanodiamonds
Journal name Nature Nanotechnology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1748-3387
Publication date 2010-05
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1038/NNANO.2010.56
Volume 5
Issue 5
Start page 345
End page 349
Total pages 5
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Nature Publishing Group
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract Nitrogen-vacancy colour centres in diamond can undergo strong, spin-sensitive optical transitions under ambient conditions, which makes them attractive for applications in quantum optics, nanoscale magnetometry and biolabelling. Although nitrogen-vacancy centres have been observed in aggregated detonation nanodiamonds and milled nanodiamonds, they have not been observed in very small isolated nanodiamonds. Here, we report the first direct observation of nitrogen-vacancy centres in discrete 5-nm nanodiamonds at room temperature, including evidence for intermittency in the luminescence (blinking) from the nanodiamonds. We also show that it is possible to control this blinking by modifying the surface of the nanodiamonds. © 2010 Macmillan Publishers Limited. All rights reserved.
Keyword Quantum dots
Fluorescence intermittency
Detonation nanodiamond
Diamond nanocrystals
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
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