Creation of deep blue light emitting nitrogen-vacancy center in nanosized diamond

L. Himics, S. Tóth, M. Veres, Z. Balogh, M. Koós

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This paper reports on the formation of complex defect centers related to the N3 center in nanosized diamond by employing plasma immersion and focused ion beam implantation methods. He+ ion implantation into nanosized diamond "layer" was performed with the aim of creating carbon atom vacancies in the diamond structure, followed by the introduction of molecular N2+ ion and heat treatment in vacuum at 750 C to initiate vacancy diffusion. To decrease the sp2 carbon content of nanosized diamond formed during the implantation processes, a further heat treatment at 450 C in flowing air atmosphere was used. The modification of the bonding properties after each step of defect creation was monitored by Raman scattering measurements. The fluorescence measurements of implanted and annealed nanosized diamond showed the appearance of an intensive and narrow emission band with fine structures at 2.98 eV, 2.83 eV, and 2.71 eV photon energies.

Original languageEnglish
Article number093101
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Mar 17 2014

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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