On-Chip Detection of Spin States in Color Centers for Metrology and Information Processing


Nitrogen vacancies (NV) are used in quantum magnetometry for room-temperature sensors and quantum information processing. Quantum magnetometry enables other applications such as nuclear magnetic resonance imaging, object detection and tracking, and navigation.

Problem Addressed:

Vector based magnetic detection with high sensitivity, as well as magnetic imaging with nanoscale spatial resolution have been proven with past NV technology. In addition, NV centers have been investigated for quantum information processing application. However, NV-based  platforms require bulky and discrete instruments to control and measure spin states, which makes them impractical and difficult to scale up. Furthermore, current NV-based quantum systems have not presented a way to manipulate the spin states and measure those spin states at the same time on the same chip.


A single-chip spin-control/detection system using standard CMOS processes is implemented to address the problem of scalability. Through a tightly-integrated microwave launcher, photonic filter, and sensor, the CMOS circuits offer more direct physical interactions with the quantum states, rather than being used as simple electronic I/O modules. This enables ultra-compact and highly scalable platforms for room-temperature quantum sensing and information processing under cryogenic conditions . On-chip CMOS integration decreases the form factor and fabrication costs since the magnetometer system can be made through standard CMOS fabrication processes. 


  • Small form factor; can fabricate small, single-chip, systems using standard CMOS processes 
  • Scalable CMOS implementation; enabling quantum-enhanced sensing at room temperature and quantum information processing at cryogenic temperature.
  • On-chip spin state readout
    • Easy integration of control logic
    • Less I/O
    • Closed-loop feedback between spin-manipulation and readout