Coherent storage of photoexcited triplet states using Si29 nuclear spins in silicon

Waseem Akhtar, Vasileia Filidou, Takeharu Sekiguchi, Erika Kawakami, Tatsumasa Itahashi, Leonid Vlasenko, John J.L. Morton, Kohei M. Itoh

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Pulsed electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy of the photoexcited, metastable triplet state of the oxygen-vacancy center in silicon reveals that the lifetime of the m s=±1 sublevels differs significantly from that of the m s=0 state. We exploit this significant difference in decay rates to the ground singlet state to achieve nearly ∼100% electron-spin polarization within the triplet. We further demonstrate the transfer of a coherent state of the triplet electron spin to, and from, a hyperfine-coupled, nearest-neighbor Si29 nuclear spin. We measure the coherence time of the Si29 nuclear spin employed in this operation and find it to be unaffected by the presence of the triplet electron spin and equal to the bulk value measured by nuclear magnetic resonance.

Original languageEnglish
Article number097601
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Feb 27

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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