Narrow-bandwidth sensing of high-frequency fields with continuous dynamical decoupling

Alexander Stark*, Nati Aharon, Thomas Unden, Daniel Louzon, Alexander Huck, Alex Retzker, Ulrik L. Andersen, Fedor Jelezko

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State-of-the-art methods for sensing weak AC fields are only efficient in the low frequency domain (<10 MHz). The inefficiency of sensing high-frequency signals is due to the lack of ability to use dynamical decoupling. In this paper we show that dynamical decoupling can be incorporated into high-frequency sensing schemes and by this we demonstrate that the high sensitivity achieved for low frequency can be extended to the whole spectrum. While our scheme is general and suitable to a variety of atomic and solid-state systems, we experimentally demonstrate it with the nitrogen-vacancy center in diamond. For a diamond with natural abundance of 13C, we achieve coherence times up to 1.43 ms resulting in a smallest detectable magnetic field strength of 4 nT at 1.6 GHz. Attributed to the inherent nature of our scheme, we observe an additional increase in coherence time due to the signal itself.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number1105
JournalNature Communications
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2017

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The experiments presented here were supported by the Qudi Software Suite51. A.S., A.H. and U.L.A. acknowledge funding from the Innovation Foundation Denmark through the project EXMAD and the Qubiz center and the Danish Research Council via the Sapere Aude project (DIMS). T.U. and F.J. acknowledge the Volkswagenstiftung. A.R. acknowledges the support of the Israel Science Foundation (grant no. 1500/13), the support of the European commission, EU Project DIADEMS. This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No 667192 Hyperdiamond and Research Cooperation Program and DIP program (FO 703/2-1).

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