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Spinning up quantum defects in 2D materials

Two studies shed light on quantum defects in two-dimensional hexagonal boron nitride, identifying an optically addressable spin centre at room temperature and offering microscopic insights into different classes of single-photon emitters.

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Fig. 1: Optically detected magnetic resonance for a quantum defect in hBN.


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Turiansky, M.E., Alkauskas, A. & Van de Walle, C.G. Spinning up quantum defects in 2D materials. Nat. Mater. 19, 487–489 (2020).

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