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Semiconductor physics

Dark spins come to light

The spin of a photoluminescent nitrogen centre in diamond has a long life-time that could be useful as a qubit, for example. It's difficult enough to image such a single spin — imagine using that bright spin to detect nearby invisible 'dark' spins.

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Figure 1: Level anticrossing and spin–spin interaction.


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