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Press Release 11-223

Diamonds, Silver and the Quest for Single Photons

Tiny crystal towers enlighten understanding of photon emission, could inspire diamond microchips for quantum computing

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Photo of a square pad on a grid with a dish containing diamonds on the left.

Imperfections (known as color centers) in the diamond can give the crystals a characteristic color. Nitrogen in these tiny diamonds (top) turns them yellow. The chip at the bottom consists of diamond layered on silver.

Credit: Photo by Eliza Grinnell / Harvard SEAS


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SEM image of the diamond nanoposts.

SEM image of the diamond nanoposts. Each one is approximately 100nm wide and 200nm tall. A nanometer is a billionth of a meter.

Credit: Jennifer Choy, Harvard University


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Photo of the optical table in Marko Loncar's laboratory at Harvard University.

The optical table in Marko Loncar's laboratory at Harvard University.

Credit: Photo by Eliza Grinnell / Harvard SEAS


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