High-sensitivity spin-based electrometry with an ensemble of nitrogen-vacancy centers in diamond Academic Article uri icon


  • 2017 American Physical Society. We demonstrate a spin-based, all-dielectric electrometer based on an ensemble of nitrogen-vacancy (NV-) defects in diamond. An applied electric field causes energy-level shifts symmetrically away from the NV-'s degenerate triplet states via the Stark effect; this symmetry provides immunity to temperature fluctuations allowing for shot-noise-limited detection. Using an ensemble of NV-s, we demonstrate shot-noise-limited sensitivities approaching 1 (V/cm)/Hz under ambient conditions, at low frequencies (<10 Hz), and over a large dynamic range (20 dB). A theoretical model for the ensemble of NV-s fits well with measurements of the ground-state electric susceptibility parameter (k). Implications of spin-based, dielectric sensors for micron-scale electric-field sensing are discussed.

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altmetric score

  • 0.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Chen, E. H., Clevenson, H. A., Johnson, K. A., Pham, L. M., Englund, D. R., Hemmer, P. R., & Braje, D. A.

citation count

  • 64

publication date

  • May 2017