Dynamics of Single-Photon Emission from Electrically Pumped Color Centers

Igor A. Khramtsov, Mario Agio, and Dmitry Yu. Fedyanin
Phys. Rev. Applied 8, 024031 – Published 31 August 2017


Low-power, high-speed, and bright electrically driven true single-photon sources, which are able to operate at room temperature, are vital for the practical realization of quantum-communication networks and optical quantum computations. Color centers in semiconductors are currently the best candidates; however, in spite of their intensive study in the past decade, the behavior of color centers in electrically controlled systems is poorly understood. Here we present a physical model and establish a theoretical approach to address single-photon emission dynamics of electrically pumped color centers, which interprets experimental results. We support our analysis with self-consistent numerical simulations of a single-photon emitting diode based on a single nitrogen-vacancy center in diamond and predict the second-order autocorrelation function and other emission characteristics. Our theoretical findings demonstrate remarkable agreement with the experimental results and pave the way to the understanding of single-electron and single-photon processes in semiconductors.

  • Figure
  • Figure
  • Figure
  • Figure
  • Figure
  • Received 20 January 2017


© 2017 American Physical Society

Physics Subject Headings (PhySH)

Condensed Matter & Materials PhysicsGeneral PhysicsAtomic, Molecular & Optical

Authors & Affiliations

Igor A. Khramtsov1, Mario Agio2,3, and Dmitry Yu. Fedyanin1,*

  • 1Laboratory of Nanooptics and Plasmonics, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, 141700 Dolgoprudny, Russian Federation
  • 2Laboratory of Nano-Optics, University of Siegen, 57072 Siegen, Germany
  • 3National Institute of Optics (CNR-INO) and Center for Quantum Science and Technology in Arcetri (QSTAR), 50125 Florence, Italy

  • *dmitry.fedyanin@phystech.edu

Article Text (Subscription Required)

Click to Expand

References (Subscription Required)

Click to Expand

Vol. 8, Iss. 2 — August 2017

Subject Areas
Reuse & Permissions
Access Options

Authorization Required



2 of 5

Sign up to receive regular email alerts from Physical Review Applied

Log In



Article Lookup

Paste a citation or DOI

Enter a citation