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Opt Express. 2008 Apr 28;16(9):6240-50.

Towards a picosecond transform-limited nitrogen-vacancy based single photon source.

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Quantum Communications Victoria, School of Physics, The University of Melbourne, Victoria 3010, Australia.


We analyze a nitrogen-vacancy (NV-) colour centre based single photon source based on cavity Purcell enhancement of the zero phonon line and suppression of other transitions. Optimal performance conditions of the cavity-centre system are analyzed using Master equation and quantum trajectory methods. By coupling the centre strongly to a high-finesse optical cavity [Q approximately O(10(4) - 10(5)), V approximately lambda (3)] and using sub-picosecond optical excitation the system has striking performance, including effective lifetime of 70 ps, linewidth of 0.01 nm, near unit single photon emission probability and small [O(10(-5))] multi-photon probability.

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