Observation of Fourier transform limited lines in hexagonal boron nitride

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Physical Review B, 2018, 98 (8)
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© 2018 American Physical Society. Single defect centers in layered hexagonal boron nitride are promising candidates as single-photon sources for quantum optics and nanophotonics applications. However, spectral instability hinders many applications. Here, we perform resonant excitation measurements and observe Fourier transform limited linewidths down to ≈50 MHz. We investigated the optical properties of more than 600 single-photon emitters (SPEs) in hBN. The SPEs exhibit narrow zero-phonon lines distributed over a spectral range from 580 to 800 nm and with dipolelike emission with a high polarization contrast. Finally, the emitters withstand transfer to a foreign photonic platform, namely, a silver mirror, which makes them compatible with photonic devices such as optical resonators and paves the way to quantum photonics applications.
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