All-optical initialization, readout, and coherent preparation of single silicon-vacancy spins in diamond. Academic Article uri icon


  • The silicon-vacancy (SiV-) color center in diamond has attracted attention because of its unique optical properties. It exhibits spectral stability and indistinguishability that facilitate efficient generation of photons capable of demonstrating quantum interference. Here we show optical initialization and readout of electronic spin in a single SiV- center with a spin relaxation time of T1=2.40.2ms. Coherent population trapping (CPT) is used to demonstrate coherent preparation of dark superposition states with a spin coherence time of T2=353ns. This is fundamentally limited by orbital relaxation, and an understanding of this process opens the way to extend coherence by engineering interactions with phonons. Hyperfine structure is observed in CPT measurements with the 29Si isotope which allows access to nuclear spin. These results establish the SiV- center as a solid-state spin-photon interface.

published proceedings

  • Phys Rev Lett

altmetric score

  • 18.75

author list (cited authors)

  • Rogers, L. J., Jahnke, K. D., Metsch, M. H., Sipahigil, A., Binder, J. M., Teraji, T., ... Jelezko, F.

citation count

  • 217

complete list of authors

  • Rogers, Lachlan J||Jahnke, Kay D||Metsch, Mathias H||Sipahigil, Alp||Binder, Jan M||Teraji, Tokuyuki||Sumiya, Hitoshi||Isoya, Junichi||Lukin, Mikhail D||Hemmer, Philip||Jelezko, Fedor

publication date

  • December 2014