Diamondoids are cage-like hydrocarbon molecules with a C-C frame resembling that of the diamond lattice. Essentially molecular-size diamonds, they have exhibited a variety of unique properties such as monochromatic photoemission [1-2] and ultra-strong van der Waals interaction that enables unique chemical bond formation . Monochromatic photoemission has been used to establish the highest resolution on X-PEEM by coating surface of magnetic domain sample with Self Assembly Monolayers of diamondoids .
We have the capability to separate, uniquely identify and chemically functionalize a large group of this family of molecules. Currently we are interested in several perspectives regarding the physics, chemistry and application of this novel type of diamond materials, including:
- diamondoid-modulated self-assembly of low-dimensional nanostructures,
- diamondoid-seeded growth of high-purity diamond, and
- the development of diamondoid-enabled stable monochromatic photoemitter towards practical electron source for microscopy and lithography applications.
Diamond Color Centers
The diamond color is critical for future quantum and biology technologies. The nitrogen-vacancy center in diamond has been demonstrated to be a promising platform for quantum sensing and magnetometry, while the negatively charged silicon-, germanium-, lead-, and tin-vacancy have favorable optical properties and robustness to electric-field fluctuations, which are critical for the realization of future large-scale optical quantum information processing applications.
In the past decade, our group developed a complete material synthesis pipeline to incorporate a variety of color centers in diamond nanoparticles as well as bulk diamond plates. Our “Vertical Growth” method successfully embedded optically active nitrogen-vacancy centers in high-quality diamond nanoparticles down to 75 nm . Recently, by combining the “shallow ion implantation and growth” (SIIG) method with the undercut fabrication technology, negatively charged tin-vacancies have been incorporated into a free-standing nano-beam device. This quantum device demonstrates superior optical properties and long spin coherence time at a temperature above 1K [5-6].
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