Materials challenges for quantum technologies based on color centers in diamond

Lila V.H. Rodgers, Lillian B. Hughes, Mouzhe Xie, Peter C. Maurer, Shimon Kolkowitz, Ania C. Bleszynski Jayich, Nathalie P. de Leon

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Emerging quantum technologies require precise control over quantum systems of increasing complexity. Defects in diamond, particularly the negatively charged nitrogen-vacancy center, are a promising platform with the potential to enable technologies ranging from ultra-sensitive nanoscale quantum sensors, to quantum repeaters for long distance quantum networks, to simulators of complex dynamical processes in many-body quantum systems, to scalable quantum computers. While these advances are due in large part to the distinct material properties of diamond, the uniqueness of this material also presents difficulties, and there is a growing need for novel materials science techniques for characterization, growth, defect control, and fabrication dedicated to realizing quantum applications with diamond. In this article we identify and discuss the major materials science challenges and opportunities associated with diamond quantum technologies. Graphic abstract: [Figure not available: see fulltext.]

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)623-633
Number of pages11
JournalMRS Bulletin
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2021
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


  • Defects
  • Diamond
  • Electron spin resonance
  • Quantum information
  • Surface chemistry


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