Strong mechanical driving of a single electron spin

Barfuss, Arne and Teissier, Jean and Neu, Elke and Nunnenkamp, Andreas and Maletinsky, Patrick. (2015) Strong mechanical driving of a single electron spin. Nature Physics, 11 (10). pp. 820-824.

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Quantum devices for sensing and computing applications require coherent quantum systems, which can be manipulated in fast and robust ways(1). Such quantum control is typically achieved using external electromagnetic fields, which drive the system`s orbital(2), charge(3) or spin(4,5) degrees of freedom. However, most existing approaches require complex and unwieldy gate structures, and with few exceptions(6,7) are limited to the regime of weak coherent driving. Here, we present a novel approach to coherently drive a single electronic spin using internal strain fields(8-10) in an integrated quantum device. Specifically, we employ time-varying strain in a diamond cantilever to induce long-lasting, coherent oscillations of an embedded nitrogen-vacancy (NV) centre spin. We perform direct spectroscopy of the phonon-dressed states emerging from this drive and observe hallmarks of the sought-after strong-driving regime(6,11), where the spin rotation frequency exceeds the spin splitting. Furthermore, we employ our continuous strain driving to significantly enhance the NV`s spin coherence time(12). Our room-temperature experiments thereby constitute an important step towards strain-driven, integrated quantum devices and open new perspectives to investigate unexplored regimes of strongly driven multilevel systems(13) and exotic spin dynamics in hybrid spin-oscillator devices(14).
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Physik > Physik > Theoretische Physik (Bruder)
UniBasel Contributors:Nunnenkamp, Andreas
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Nature Publishing Group
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