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University of Chicago

A Diamond's Nitrogen-Vacancy Center

Caption: This image represents the nitrogen-vacancy center in the atomic arrangement of diamond. The dark spheres are carbon atoms and the yellow sphere is a nitrogen atom. The "V" is the nitrogen-vacancy center, from which a nitrogen atom has moved to replace a nearby carbon atom. Teams led by the University of Chicago's David Awschalom are exploiting this atomic defect to develop new quantum technologies.

Credit: Peter Allen

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