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Title: Optimizing a dynamical decoupling protocol for solid-state electronic spin ensembles in diamond

In this study, we demonstrate significant improvements of the spin coherence time of a dense ensemble of nitrogen-vacancy (NV) centers in diamond through optimized dynamical decoupling (DD). Cooling the sample down to 77 K suppresses longitudinal spin relaxation T1 effects and DD microwave pulses are used to increase the transverse coherence time T2 from ~0.7ms up to ~30ms. Furthermore, we extend previous work of single-axis (Carr-Purcell-Meiboom-Gill) DD towards the preservation of arbitrary spin states. Following a theoretical and experimental characterization of pulse and detuning errors, we compare the performance of various DD protocols. We also identify that the optimal control scheme for preserving an arbitrary spin state is a recursive protocol, the concatenated version of the XY8 pulse sequence. The improved spin coherence might have an immediate impact on improvements of the sensitivities of ac magnetometry. Moreover, the protocol can be used on denser diamond samples to increase coherence times up to NV-NV interaction time scales, a major step towards the creation of quantum collective NV spin states.
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  1. Hebrew Univ. of Jerusalem (Israel)
  2. Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States)
  3. Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, MA (United States)
  4. Univ. of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA (United States)
  5. Ames Lab., Ames, IA (United States)
  6. Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, MA (United States); Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA (United States)
  7. Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States); Johannes Gutenburg-Univ., Mainz (Germany)
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Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 1098-0121; PRBMDO
Grant/Contract Number:
750/14; ECCS-1202258; AC02-07CH11358
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physical Review. B, Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 92; Journal Issue: 6; Journal ID: ISSN 1098-0121
American Physical Society (APS)
Research Org:
Ames Laboratory (AMES), Ames, IA (United States)
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Country of Publication:
United States