Optical properties of diamond articles from across Nature Portfolio

Diamond is a crystalline form of carbon. Defects in the crystal structure, notably the addition of nitrogen atoms, can emit light when electronically excited. These so-called nitrogen–vacancy centres can be used as single-photon sources, and are a potential resource for quantum information processing.

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  • News & Views |

    Quantum sensing that uses electron spins in diamond can perform precise magnetic field measurements but does not work well at high magnetic fields. An alternative approach involving the spins of carbon-13 nuclei can operate in the high-field regime.

    • Norikazu Mizuochi
    Nature Physics 18, 1280-1281
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    The demonstration that diamond nitrogen–vacancy centre technology can optically detect voltages with an impressive sensitivity could bring new opportunities for investigating neurobiology.

    • Milos Nesladek
    •  & Micha E. Spira
    Nature Photonics 16, 675-677
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    The integration of diamond waveguide arrays into an aluminium nitride photonic platform offers hope for the realization of scalable chips for quantum information processing.

    • Mehran Kianinia
    •  & Igor Aharonovich
    Nature Photonics 14, 599-600
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    Optical control of geometric phase is demonstrated, paving the way towards quantum state control of the nitrogen–vacancy centre in diamond becoming resilient, spatially selective and scalable.

    • Lachlan Rogers
    •  & Fedor Jelezko
    Nature Photonics 10, 147-148