Surface coating with oxide layers to enhance the spin properties of shallow NV centers in diamond

25 Jan 2019  ·  Wenlong Zhang, Shengran Lin, Jian Zhang, Jiaxin Zhao, Yuanjie Yang, Changfeng Weng, Haolei Zhou, Liren Lou, Wei Zhu, Guanzhong Wang ·

We present an enhancement of spin properties of the shallow (<5nm) NV centers by using ALD to deposit titanium oxide layer on the diamond surface. With the oxide layer of an appropriate thickness, increases about 2 up to 3.5 times of both relaxation time and evolution time were achieved and the shallow NV center charge states stabilized as well... Moreover, the coherence time kept almost unchanged. This surface coating technique could produce a protective coating layer of controllable thickness without any damages to the solid quantum system surface, making it possible to prolong T1 time and T2* time, which would be a possible approach to the further packaging technique for the applicating solid quantum devices. read more

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Mesoscale and Nanoscale Physics Quantum Physics