The flux of coherent photons emitted by single NV centres in diamond is very low on account of three problems: (i) only a small percentage are emitted into the zero-phonon-line (ZPL); (ii) the extraction efficiency out of the high-index diamond host is small; and (iii) the radiative lifetime is large. All three problems can be solved by embedding a single NV centre into a high-Q-factor, low mode-volume microcavity tuned to the ZPL. In our paper just published in Physical Review X, we show that this concept can be implemented using a tunable, highly-miniaturised microcavity. The ZPL fraction increases from ∼3% to close to 50%.
With great pleasure we announce that Dr. Immo Söllner, postdoctoral researcher in the Nano-Photonics Group, has been awarded a Marie-Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship for the project “Emitter-mediated Photon-Phonon InteraCtion (EPPIC)”. The project will focus on engineering the interaction of single seminconductor quantum dots with the phononic environment. Immo will work closely with PhDs and postdoctoral researchers at the University of Basel to carry out this project and will profit greatly from a close collaboration with European partners in Germany and Denmark. We thank the European Union for the generous support and hope that our work will help exploit the potential of quantum science!