Diamond nitrogen vacancy (NV) color centers can transform quantum information science into practical quantum information technology, including fast, safe computing. Quantum Information Processing with Diamond looks at the principles of quantum information science, diamond materials, and their applications.

Part one provides an introduction to quantum information processing using diamond, as well as its principles and fabrication techniques. Part two outlines experimental demonstrations of quantum information processing using diamond, and the emerging applications of diamond for quantum information science. It contains chapters on quantum key distribution, quantum microscopy, the hybridization of quantum systems, and building quantum optical devices. Part three outlines promising directions and future trends in diamond technologies for quantum information processing and sensing.

Quantum Information Processing with Diamond is a key reference for R&D managers in industrial sectors such as conventional electronics, communication engineering, computer science, biotechnology, quantum optics, quantum mechanics, quantum computing, quantum cryptology, and nanotechnology, as well as academics in physics, chemistry, biology, and engineering.

Key Features

  • Brings together the topics of diamond and quantum information processing
  • Looks at applications such as quantum computing, neural circuits, and in vivo monitoring of processes at the molecular scale


Researchers in the fields of quantum information processing, quantum optics, and optical magnetometry; R&D managers in industrial sectors such as: conventional electronics, communication engineering, computer science, biotechnology, nanotechnology, and quantum optics

Table of Contents

  • Contributor contact details
  • Woodhead Publishing Series in Electronic and Optical Materials
  • Foreword
  • Part I: Principles and fabrication techniques
    • 1. Principles of quantum information processing (QIP) using diamond
      • Abstract:
      • 1.1 Introduction
      • 1.2 The role of diamond impurities in quantum information processing (QIP)
      • 1.3 Types of diamond color center
      • 1.4 Key properties of nitrogen–vacancy (NV) centers
      • 1.5 Techniques for creating NV centers
      • 1.6 QIP with NV centers: diamond photonic networks
      • 1.7 Conclusion
      • 1.8 References
    • 2. Principles of quantum cryptography/quantum key distribution (QKD) using attenuated light pulses
      • Abstract:
      • 2.1 Introduction
      • 2.2 Principles of quantum key distribution (QKD): the BB84 protocol
      • 2.3 Protocol extensions and alterations
      • 2.4 Implementing QKD
      • 2.5 Fiber-based QKD
      • 2.6 Free-space QKD
      • 2.7 Future trends
      • 2.8 Conclusion
      • 2.9 References
    • 3. Ion implantation in diamond for quantum information processing (QIP): doping and damaging
      • Abstract:
      • 3.1 Introduction
      • 3.2 Doping diamond
      • 3.3 Doping diamond by ion implantation
      • 3.4 Controlled formation of implant–defect centers
      • 3.5 Applications of graphitization of diamond by highly damaging implantations
      • 3.6 Computer simulations of damage in diamond
      • 3.7 Conclusion
      • 3.8 Acknowledgments
      • 3.9 References
    • 4. Characterisation of single defects in diamond in the development of quantum devices
      • Abstract:
      • 4.1 Introduction
      • 4.2 Experimental methods for fluorescence microscopy of single colour centres in diamond
      • 4.3 Optical spectroscopy of single defects
      • 4.4 Photon statistics
      • 4.5 Spin resonance
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About the editors

Steven Prawer

Stephen Prawer is Professor of Engineering at the University of Melbourne and Director of the Melbourne Materials Institute, Australia

Igor Aharonovich

Igor Aharonovich is Senior Lecturer and DECRA Fellow at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia