April 17, 2011 /

News and Views: The sense of colour centres

Single colour centres in diamond have already proved their merit for sensing magnetic fields with high sensitivity and spatial resolution. Now they have been shown to be effective atomic-scale probes of electric fields, too.

Dmitry Budker
Nature Physics 7, 453–454 (2011) doi:10.1038/nphys1989
Published online 17 April 2011

A defect in a diamond crystalline lattice where a substitutional nitrogen atom (N) sits next to a missing carbon atom….