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Local Detection of Nitrogen-Vacancy Centers in a Nanodiamond Monolayer

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posted on 11.12.2013, 00:00 by Rémy Pawlak, Thilo Glatzel, Vincent Pichot, Loïc Schmidlin, Shigeki Kawai, Sweetlana Fremy, Denis Spitzer, Ernst Meyer
Nitrogen-vacancy defect centers (NV) contained in nanodiamonds (NDs) are a promising candidate in quantum information processing and single photon sources due to the capability of controlling their assembly on various surfaces. However, their detection with traditional optical techniques becomes challenging when probing high NV densities at the nanometer scale. Here, we combine scanning probe techniques to characterize in a monolayer the structural and electronic properties of bucky-diamonds with sizes below 10 nm. We further observe by light-assisted Kelvin- and scanning tunneling spectroscopy a clear signature of negatively charged subsurface NV centers in NDs at the nanoscale where conventional techniques are limited.