Evan R MacQuarrie

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We demonstrate direct coupling between phonons and diamond nitrogen-vacancy (NV) center spins by driving spin transitions with mechanically generated harmonic strain at room temperature. The amplitude of the mechanically driven spin signal varies with the spatial periodicity of the stress standing wave within the diamond substrate, verifying that we drive(More)
Coherent control of the nitrogen-vacancy (NV) center in diamond’s triplet spin state has traditionally been accomplished with resonant ac magnetic fields. Here, we show that high-frequency stress resonant with the spin state splitting can also coherently control NV center spins. Because this mechanical drive is parity nonconserving, controlling spins with(More)
An array of 180 nm diameter gold nanoparticles (NPs) embedded in a thin vanadium dioxide film was used as a nanoscale probe of the thermochromic semiconductor-to-metal transition (SMT) in the VO2. The observed 30% reduction in plasmon dephasing time resulted from the interaction between the localized surface plasmon resonance of the NPs with the 1.4 eV(More)
Cooling a mechanical resonator mode to a sub-thermal state has been a long-standing challenge in physics. This pursuit has recently found traction in the field of optomechanics in which a mechanical mode is coupled to an optical cavity. An alternate method is to couple the resonator to a well-controlled two-level system. Here we propose a protocol to(More)
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