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Chin. Phys. B, 2014, Vol. 23(4): 044204    DOI: 10.1088/1674-1056/23/4/044204

Laser-polarization-dependent spontaneous emission of the zero phonon line from single nitrogen–vacancy center in diamond

Zhang Duoa, Li Jia-Huab c, Yang Xiao-Xueb
a School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Wuhan Polytechnic University, Wuhan 430023, China;
b School of Physics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074, China;
c Key Laboratory of Fundamental Physical Quantities Measurement of Ministry of Education, Wuhan 430074, China
Abstract  We investigate spontaneous emission properties and control of the zero phonon line (ZPL) from a diamond nitrogen-vacancy (NV) center coherently driven by a single elliptically polarized control field. We use the Schrödinger equation to calculate the probability amplitudes of the wave function of the coupled system and derive analytical expressions of the spontaneous emission spectra. The numerical results show that a few interesting phenomena such as enhancement, narrowing, suppression, and quenching of the ZPL spontaneous emission can be realized by modulating the polarization-dependent phase, the Zeeman shift, and the intensity of the control field in our system. In the dressed-state picture of the control field, we find that multiple spontaneously generated coherence arises due to three close-lying states decaying to the same state. These results are useful in real experiments.
Keywords:  diamond nitrogen-vacancy center      spontaneous emission      quantum interference  
Received:  22 July 2013      Revised:  08 September 2013      Accepted manuscript online: 
PACS:  42.50.Gy (Effects of atomic coherence on propagation, absorption, and Amplification of light; electromagnetically induced transparency and Absorption)  
  32.80.Qk (Coherent control of atomic interactions with photons)  
  32.50.+d (Fluorescence, phosphorescence (including quenching))  
  76.30.Mi (Color centers and other defects)  
Fund: Part of this project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11375067, 11275074, 11104210, 11004069, and 91021011), the Doctoral Foundation of the Ministry of Education of China (Grant No. 20100142120081), and the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2012CB922103).
Corresponding Authors:  Zhang Duo, Li Jia-Hua     E-mail:;
About author:  42.50.Gy; 32.80.Qk; 32.50.+d; 76.30.Mi

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Zhang Duo, Li Jia-Hua, Yang Xiao-Xue Laser-polarization-dependent spontaneous emission of the zero phonon line from single nitrogen–vacancy center in diamond 2014 Chin. Phys. B 23 044204

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