Progress towards a spin photon interface

Felipe Ortiz Huerta

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The demanding requirements for a controllable large scale quantum system made of only one type of physical qubit, such as photons, can lead to complex quantum computational architectures which are challenging to realise in practise. This has driven interest towards hybrid quantum systems which can combine the relative strengths of different physical qubits to vastly simplify architecture. Here we study the key building block for a hybrid spin-photon system: the spin-photon interface (SPI).

The negatively charge nitrogen-vacancy centre (NV- of research attention in recent years due to the ability to optically polarise and measure its ground state electron spin. Its long electronic spin coherence times and optical readout, at room temperature, makes the NVcentre a strong candidate for demonstrating a flexible SPI. Furthermore, coherent electronic interaction with nearby long-lived 13C nuclear spins provide a powerful platform for performing multi-qubit manipulations whilst offering extremely long coherence and storage times. However, engineering strong optical interaction with NVspins has been limited by the inability to either fabricate high quality cavities on demand, or to efficiently couple NVcentres to those cavities.

Here we will describe progress towards realising a useful SPI. We detail a novel approach to constructing microcavities which will allow high-fidelity fabrication and efficient coupling of NVcentres in nanodiamond through a two-photon lithography fabrication process. We will present our lithographically defined microcavities and other developments we have made towards a SPI, such as Solid Immersion Lenses (SIL’s) and Distributed Bragg Reflectors (DBR’s). Additionally, we outline progress towards coherent electronic and nuclear spin control, a key requirement of a scalable SPI. The ability to combine the high fidelity fabrication of optical cavities with coherent spin manipulation will allow the creation of a flexible SPI that can form a core component of proposed quantum technologies.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2016
EventPhoton 16 - University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom
Duration: 5 Sep 20168 Sep 2016


ConferencePhoton 16
CountryUnited Kingdom

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