Flaws in Diamond Could Make Flawless Sensors

May 13, 2013

Dmitry Budker of the Nuclear Science Division has joined with colleagues at Harvard University and UC Berkeley in a successful experiment to extend the coherence time of electron states of nitrogen vacancy (NV) centers in diamond. No bigger than a pair of atoms, these defects occur naturally in diamonds but can also be implanted at will and are one of the most potent possible sensors of magnetic fields on the nanoscale. By maintaining electron coherence for more than half a second, the researchers have advanced diamond NV centers to the forefront of candidates for quantum computing and sensing applications. More>

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