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Diamond nanosensors

The sense of colour centres

Single colour centres in diamond have already proved their merit for sensing magnetic fields with high sensitivity and spatial resolution. Now they have been shown to be effective atomic-scale probes of electric fields, too.

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Figure 1: Nitrogen-vacancy (NV) centre in diamond and its energy levels and transitions.
Figure 2: A schematic of a possible confocal-microscopy arrangement.


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Budker, D. The sense of colour centres. Nature Phys 7, 453–454 (2011).

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