Optical Control of a Single Nuclear Spin in the Solid State


We demonstrate a novel method for coherent optical manipulation of individual nuclear spins in the solid state, mediated by the electronic states of a proximal quantum emitter. Specifically, using the nitrogen vacancy (NV) color center in diamond, we demonstrate control of a proximal 14N nuclear spin via an alloptical Raman technique. We evaluate the extent to which the intrinsic physical properties of the NV center limit the performance of coherent control, and we find that it is ultimately constrained by the relative rates of transverse hyperfine coupling and radiative decay in the NV center’s excited state. Possible extensions and applications to other color centers are discussed.


Optical Control of a Single Nuclear Spin in the Solid State

M. L. Goldman, et al. Phys. Rev. Lett. 124, 153203 – Published 15 April 2020

http://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.124.153203