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Primeur weekly 2011-10-31

Exascale supercomputing

PRACE partner Jülich joins XSEDE ...

The Cloud

Citrix NetScaler CloudConnectors extend network fabric to "last mile" Cloud services ...

Cloud computing: Gaps in the 'Cloud' ...

Final version of NIST Cloud computing definition published ...

Citrix CloudGateway delivers end user computing for the Cloud Era ...

Univa adds distributed automation to Xuropa Software Sales Cloud ...

EuroFlash

Impressions from the BiG Grid HPC Cloud Day in Amsterdam ...

OpenMP Architecture Review Board appoints New CEO ...

PRACE grants 721 million compute hours on Tier-0 systems to twenty-four European research projects and opens new call for Project Access ...

PRACE Tier-1 Workshop 2011 issues Call for Participation ...

USFlash

ARM discloses technical details of the next version of the ARM architecture ...

Grid Dynamics unveils DevOps Catalyst ...

SGI establishes new world record Apache Hadoop Benchmark ...

Cloudera and SGI partner to take high performance computing on Apache Hadoop to the next level ...

New IBM software helps analyze the world's data for health care transformation ...

Astronomers pin down galaxy collision rates by comparing Hubble images to supercomputer simulations ...

NASA Ames inks Lustre support deal with Whamcloud ...

Quantum computer components 'coalesce' to 'converse' ...

Idemitsu Petroleum Norge selects HP for business continuity ...

Targetbase adopts Oracle Exadata Database Machine for real-time data warehousing ...

Diamonds, silver and the quest for single photons ...

IBM launches Netezza appliance to help communications services providers analyze networks and gain consumer insight ...

Univa appoints veteran Head of Sales ...

SAS Alliances bring analytical innovation to businesses ...

New hybrid technology could bring 'quantum information systems' ...

Diamonds, silver and the quest for single photons

17 Oct 2011 Arlington - Building on earlier work showing how nanowires carved in impurity-laden diamond crystal can efficiently emit individual photons, researchers have developed a scalable manufacturing process to craft arrays of miniature, silver-plated-diamond posts that enable even greater photon control. The development supports efforts to create robust, room-temperature quantum computers by setting the stage for diamond-based microchips. Additionally, the technology could support new tools capable of measuring magnetic fields at the nanometer scale.

Appeared early on-line inNature Photonicson October 9, 2011, the research was led by electrical engineer Marko Lončar of Harvard University, his postdoctoral researcher, and his students.

"Luminescent imperfections in diamond, and nitrogen-vacancy colour centres in particular, have recently emerged as a promising building block for realization of scalable, on-chip, quantum networks and sensitive magnetometers, owing to excellent 'memory' in a nitrogen vacancy's spin", stated Marko Lončar. "For these applications, ability to perform efficient and rapid read/write cycles using light is essential. In our previous work, we demonstrated that nanostructuring of diamond can significantly improve the efficiency of this process. Now, we demonstrate that nanostructures can also control the process speed."

The researchers implanted pure diamond crystals with nitrogen - which yields the necessary imperfections to enable diamonds to emit photons, etched arrays of parallel posts approximately 180 nanometers tall and 100 nanometers in diameter into the crystals, and coated the posts with a thin layer of silver. The fabrication procedure results in tens of thousands of devices for each iteration of the manufacturing process.

"Colour centres in diamond arise from defects or atomic impurities in the crystal lattice, resulting in the luminescence we see in some bulk diamond crystals", added co-author Jennifer Choy of Marko Lončar's laboratory. "Certain colour centres, including the nitrogen-vacancy centre used in this work, are quantum emitters that release single photons, which are coupled to electronic (and nuclear) spin states and can be used to encode, store, communicate, and finally read-out information. Single photon emission in such systems is generally robust even at room temperature, which makes diamond-based devices enticing for the creation of an on-chip quantum network."

By studying both bare and coated diamond, the researchers recorded variations in photon emission that appear to be dependent upon not just the material coating, but also the size of each post. The resulting data suggest how various configurations could yield emitters tuned for specific purposes, such as high-speed computing, advanced imaging and secure communications.

The emitters in the new devices are implanted close to the diamond surface and possess electron spins with orientations that affect the fluorescence intensity of the emitter. Because the electron spins are sensitive to the ambient electromagnetic field environment, they have potential as sensitive, magnetic-field sensors, allowing researchers to collect information by monitoring the photon count rate.

"Demonstrating control over the rate at which photons are released is a challenging and important step towards utilizing these color centers in quantum information processing protocols, since it allows for information to be encoded and read-out more efficiently", added Jennifer Choy. "The diamond-silver device leads to rate enhancements in many emitters over the entire diamond chip in parallel and provides an efficient way to manipulate photon production rates on a large scale."

While much research remains before diamond can yield devices such as quantum computer chips or nanometer-scale magnetometers, the recent study provides engineers and scientists with a clearer understanding of fundamental photonics behaviour that could potentially guide such technology.

Source: National Science Foundation

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2011-10-31

Exascale supercomputing

PRACE partner Jülich joins XSEDE ...

The Cloud

Citrix NetScaler CloudConnectors extend network fabric to "last mile" Cloud services ...

Cloud computing: Gaps in the 'Cloud' ...

Final version of NIST Cloud computing definition published ...

Citrix CloudGateway delivers end user computing for the Cloud Era ...

Univa adds distributed automation to Xuropa Software Sales Cloud ...

EuroFlash

Impressions from the BiG Grid HPC Cloud Day in Amsterdam ...

OpenMP Architecture Review Board appoints New CEO ...

PRACE grants 721 million compute hours on Tier-0 systems to twenty-four European research projects and opens new call for Project Access ...

PRACE Tier-1 Workshop 2011 issues Call for Participation ...

USFlash

ARM discloses technical details of the next version of the ARM architecture ...

Grid Dynamics unveils DevOps Catalyst ...

SGI establishes new world record Apache Hadoop Benchmark ...

Cloudera and SGI partner to take high performance computing on Apache Hadoop to the next level ...

New IBM software helps analyze the world's data for health care transformation ...

Astronomers pin down galaxy collision rates by comparing Hubble images to supercomputer simulations ...

NASA Ames inks Lustre support deal with Whamcloud ...

Quantum computer components 'coalesce' to 'converse' ...

Idemitsu Petroleum Norge selects HP for business continuity ...

Targetbase adopts Oracle Exadata Database Machine for real-time data warehousing ...

Diamonds, silver and the quest for single photons ...

IBM launches Netezza appliance to help communications services providers analyze networks and gain consumer insight ...

Univa appoints veteran Head of Sales ...

SAS Alliances bring analytical innovation to businesses ...

New hybrid technology could bring 'quantum information systems' ...