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Title: Nanodiamond single photon sources for quantum information processing
Author: Gines, Laia
ISNI:       0000 0004 7651 8674
Awarding Body: Cardiff University
Current Institution: Cardiff University
Date of Award: 2018
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This thesis is focused on the production and characterization of diamond films and diamond nanoparticles containing custom colour centres. These defects intentionally created into the diamond lattice are promising candidates for single photon sources, and are becoming more important for quantum information technologies as photons can carry quantum information over long distances. With outstanding properties such as up to 80% of the photons emitted into the zero phonon line (ZPL), single photon count rates up to several Mcps under continuous excitation and a narrow ZPL at room temperature, the SiV centre has recently attracted more attention. Although different approaches for the creation of colour centres have been reported, this thesis details the creation of SiV centres by chemical vapour deposition. Colour centres are created through the incorporation of impurities during diamond growth. While Si doping can easily be achieved due to plasma etching of Si substrates or the incorporation of a Si solid source inside the reactor vacuum chamber, controlling the exact amount of Si present in the gas phase or effectively incorporated is still a handicap. Chapters five and six show comprehensive studies performed towards the creation of diamond nanoparticles with single emitters. Control over the Si content within the gas phase is achieved using silane as gas source. The subsequent milling of the diamond films hosting the SiV centres and their inclusion into a stable solution, will facilitate SiV coupling and incorporation into cavities or emission-enhancer devices.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: QC Physics