Quantum Memory on 13C–13C Dimers in Diamond with NV Centers: Simulation by Quantum Chemistry Methods

A. P. Nizovtsev*, A. L. Pushkarchuk, S. A. Kuten, D. Lyakhov, D. L. Michels, A. S. Gusev, N. I. Kargin, S. Ya Kilin

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Individual electron–nuclear spin systems in solids are promising platforms for implementation of second-generation quantum technologies. The recognized leader among such systems is the negatively charged nitrogen–vacancy color center (NV center) in diamond with hyperfine coupling to nuclear spins of carbon-13 (13C), which are widely used as a quantum memory in emerging quantum technologies because of their weak interaction with the environment. Recently, pairs of 13C–13C nuclei (dimers) in diamond with NV centers have been proposed and actively studied for this purpose because they have extremely long coherence times (minutes at room temperature) in the singlet state. The eigenstates of the spin Hamiltonian of the NV–13C–13C system were found and used to calculate the probabilities of EPR transitions between nuclear-spin sublevels of NV-center states with electron spin projections mS = 0 and mS = –1. The obtained expressions form the basis for choosing the optimal parameters of microwave and radiofrequency pulses transforming a particular dimer into the singlet state. An example of such a prediction for a specific NV–13C–13C spin system using data for the spatial positions of the 13C spins and the internal spin–spin couplings obtained earlier by quantum chemistry methods is presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1000-1011
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Applied Spectroscopy
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 2023

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  • C–C dimer
  • density functional theory simulation
  • diamond
  • NV center
  • quantum memory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Spectroscopy


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