Color centers in wide bandgap semiconductors are relevant for quantum technologies as they can produce single-photon sources or be used as spin qubits and in quantum sensing applications. Femtosecond laser writing enables vacancy-related color centers writing in silicon carbide and gallium nitride, giving rise to photoluminescence from the visible to the infrared.
The process of color center creation is one of the point defects or point defect clusters associated with trapped electrons or holes in ordinarily transparent materials. When the electron ground state of the defect is excited to higher energy states by the absorption of laser light, these centers cause the solid to become colored.
Using a 515 nm wavelength 230 fs pulsed laser, RMIT University scientists produce large arrays of silicon-vacancy defects in silicon carbide with a high localization within the confocal diffraction limit of 500 nm and with minimal material damage. The number of color centers formed exhibited power-law scaling with the laser fabrication energy indicating that photoinduced ionization creates the color centers. Color center arrays play a crucial role in quantum applications.
- 190 fs – 20 ps tunable pulse duration
- 2 mJ maximum pulse energy
- 80 W maximum output power
- Single-shot – 2 MHz repetition rate
- Air-cooled version
- 100 fs – 20 ps tunable pulse duration
- 3 mJ maximum pulse energy
- 20 W maximum output power
- Single-shot – 1 MHz repetition rate
- Automated harmonic generators (up to 5th harmonic)
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