Broadband noise-free optical quantum memory with neutral nitrogen-vacancy centers in diamond

E. Poem, C. Weinzetl, J. Klatzow, K. T. Kaczmarek, J. H D Munns, T. F M Champion, D. J. Saunders, J. Nunn, I. A. Walmsley

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It is proposed that the ground-state manifold of the neutral nitrogen-vacancy center in diamond could be used as a quantum two-level system in a solid-state-based implementation of a broadband noise-free quantum optical memory. The proposal is based on the same-spin Λ-type three-level system created between the two E orbital ground states and the A1 orbital excited state of the center, and the cross-linear polarization selection rules obtained with the application of a transverse electric field or uniaxial stress. Possible decay and decoherence mechanisms of this system are discussed, and it is shown that high-efficiency, noise-free storage of photons as short as a few tens of picoseconds for at least a few nanoseconds could be possible at low temperature.

Original languageEnglish
Article number205108
JournalPhysical Review B : Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 8 May 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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