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Photophysics of blue quantum emitters in hexagonal Boron Nitride

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posted on 2023-01-13, 17:02 authored by Ivan Zhigulin, Karin Yamamura, Viktor Ivády, Angus Gale, Jake Horder, Charlene J. Lobo, Mehran Kianinia, Milos Toth, Igor Aharonovich
Colour centres in hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) have emerged as intriguing contenders for integrated quantum photonics. In this work, we present detailed photophysical analysis of hBN single emitters emitting at the blue spectral range. The emitters are fabricated by different electron beam irradiation and annealing conditions and exhibit narrow-band luminescence centred at 436 nm. Photon statistics as well as rigorous photodynamics analysis unveils potential level structure of the emitters, which suggests lack of a metastable state, supported by a theoretical analysis. The potential defect can have an electronic structure with fully occupied defect state in the lower half of the hBN band gap and empty defect state in the upper half of the band gap. Overall, our results are important to understand the photophysical properties of the emerging family of blue quantum emitters in hBN as potential sources for scalable quantum photonic applications.

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