Optical Polarization of Nuclear Spins in Silicon Carbide
2015 (English)In: Physical Review Letters, ISSN 0031-9007, E-ISSN 1079-7114, Vol. 114, no 24, 247603- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
We demonstrate optically pumped dynamic nuclear polarization of Si-29 nuclear spins that are strongly coupled to paramagnetic color centers in 4H- and 6H-SiC. The 99% +/- 1% degree of polarization that we observe at room temperature corresponds to an effective nuclear temperature of 5 mu K. By combining ab initio theory with the experimental identification of the color centers optically excited states, we quantitatively model how the polarization derives from hyperfine-mediated level anticrossings. These results lay a foundation for SiC-based quantum memories, nuclear gyroscopes, and hyperpolarized probes for magnetic resonance imaging.
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American Physical Society , 2015. Vol. 114, no 24, 247603- p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-120166DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.114.247603ISI: 000356407600010OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-120166DiVA: diva2:841482
Funding Agencies|Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR); AFOSR Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Research Initiative; National Science Foundation; Material Research Science and Engineering Center; Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation "Isotopic Control for Ultimate Materials Properties"; Lendulet program of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences; National Supercomputer Center in Sweden2015-07-132015-07-132016-10-11