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Nano Lett. 2009 Apr;9(4):1447-50. doi: 10.1021/nl8032944.

Composite optical microcavity of diamond nanopillar and silica microsphere.

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Department of Physics and Oregon Center for Optics, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon 97403, USA.


A composite optical microcavity, in which nitrogen vacancy (NV) centers in a diamond nanopillar are coupled to whispering gallery modes in a silica microsphere, is demonstrated. Nanopillars with a diameter as small as 200 nm are fabricated from a bulk diamond crystal by reactive ion etching and are positioned with nanometer precision near the equator of a silica microsphere. The composite nanopillar-microsphere system overcomes the poor controllability of a nanocrystal-based microcavity system and takes full advantage of the exceptional spin properties of NV centers and the ultrahigh quality factor of silica microspheres.


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