Color Centers in Diamond as Novel Probes of Superconductivity

  • Victor M. Acosta
  • Louis S. Bouchard
  • Dmitry BudkerEmail author
  • Ron Folman
  • Till Lenz
  • Patrick Maletinsky
  • Dominik Rohner
  • Yechezkel Schlussel
  • Lucas Thiel
Original Paper


Magnetic imaging using color centers in diamond through both scanning and wide-field methods offers a combination of unique capabilities for studying superconductivity, for example, enabling accurate vector magnetometry at high temperature or high pressure, with spatial resolution down to the nanometer scale. The paper briefly reviews various experimental modalities in this rapidly developing nascent field and provides an outlook towards possible future directions.


Diamond color centers High-temperature superconductivity Vortices Scanning and wide-field imaging 



The authors thank V. Z. Kresin for initiating and encouraging this review and M. L. Cohen, M. Eremets, J.-F. Roche, O. P. Sushkov, and N. Yao for the useful discussions.

Funding Information

This study received financial support from the NCCR QSIT, a competence center funded by the Swiss NSF, through the Swiss Nanoscience Institute, by the EU FP7 project DIADEMS (Grant No. 611143), and through SNF Project Grant No. 169321 and No. 155845; this work was additionally supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) within the Quantumtechnologien program (FKZ 13N14439), the DFG DIP project Ref. FO 703/2-1, and by the Israeli Science Foundation. V. M. Acosta received funding support from the Beckman Young Investigator Program.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for High Technology MaterialsUniversity of New MexicoAlbuquerqueUSA
  2. 2.Department of Chemistry and BiochemistryUniversity of California Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA
  3. 3.Helmholtz InstitutJohannes Gutenberg-Universität MainzMainzGermany
  4. 4.Department of PhysicsUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA
  5. 5.Department of PhysicsBen-Gurion University of the NegevBe’er ShevaIsrael
  6. 6.Johannes Gutenberg-Universität MainzMainzGermany
  7. 7.Department of PhysicsUniversity of BaselBaselSwitzerland

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