Researchers from Japan's Tokyo Institute of Technology, National Institute for Materials Science and National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology have found that lead-based vacancy centers in diamonds, that form after high-pressure and high-temperature treatment, are ideal for quantum networks, spintronics and quantum sensors.
The color in a diamond comes from a defect, or “vacancy,” where there is a missing carbon atom in the crystal lattice. Vacancies have long been of interest to electronics researchers because they can be used as ‘quantum nodes’ or points that make up a quantum network for the transfer of data. One of the ways of introducing a defect into a diamond is by implanting it with other elements, like nitrogen, silicon, or tin. In their recent study, the scientists from Japan demonstrated that lead-vacancy centers in diamond have the right properties to function as quantum nodes. “The use of a heavy group IV atom like lead is a simple strategy to realize superior spin properties at increased temperatures, but previous studies have not been consistent in determining the optical properties of lead-vacancy centers accurately,” says Associate Professor Takayuki Iwasaki of Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), who led the study.