Efficient room-temperature nuclear spin hyperpolarization of a defect atom in a semiconductor
2013 (English)In: Nature Communications, ISSN 2041-1723, Vol. 4, no 1751Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Nuclear spin hyperpolarization is essential to future solid-state quantum computation using nuclear spin qubits and in highly sensitive magnetic resonance imaging. Though efficient dynamic nuclear polarization in semiconductors has been demonstrated at low temperatures for decades, its realization at room temperature is largely lacking. Here we demonstrate that a combined effect of efficient spin-dependent recombination and hyperfine coupling can facilitate strong dynamic nuclear polarization of a defect atom in a semiconductor at room temperature. We provide direct evidence that a sizeable nuclear field (~150 Gauss) and nuclear spin polarization (~15%) sensed by conduction electrons in GaNAs originates from dynamic nuclear polarization of a Ga interstitial defect. We further show that the dynamic nuclear polarization process is remarkably fast and is completed in <5 μs at room temperature. The proposed new concept could pave a way to overcome a major obstacle in achieving strong dynamic nuclear polarization at room temperature, desirable for practical device applications.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Nature Publishing Group, 2013. Vol. 4, no 1751
Condensed Matter Physics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-93850DOI: 10.1038/ncomms2776ISI: 000318872100108OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-93850DiVA: diva2:627289