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Video: The quantum world of diamonds

Defects in diamonds allow them to be used for a diverse array of applications.

Diamonds are dazzling physicists with their powerful quantum properties. A particular impurity — the nitrogen-vacancy (NV) centre — allows diamonds to be used for everything from geolocation to diagnosing disease. This animation takes a closer look at these NV centres, and the carefully crafted artificial diamonds that make them possible.

This article is part of Nature Outline: Quantum diamond sensors, an editorially independent supplement produced with the financial support of Element Six. About this content.

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