Toward production of diamond particles with improved fluorescence uniformity

Olga A. Shenderova, Nicholas A. Nunn, Marco D. Torelli, Gary E. McGuire, Alexander I. Shames, Alexander M. Zaitsev

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Recent advancements in high temperature rapid thermal annealing (RTA) of irradiated diamond particles has made possible the production of the particles with fluorescence based on complexes of nitrogen and vacancies in a broad range of colors: blue, green, red/NIR as well as their mixtures, depending on the temperature and irradiation fluence. Still, the production of fluorescent diamond particles suffers from fluorescence inhomogeneity among particles. The goal of the current study is improvement of the fluorescence uniformity among the treated particles. Experiments were performed using as-grown 40 μm in diameter type Ib synthetic diamond particulate assuming that nitrogen uniformity among the as-grown particles should be higher versus milled ones used in previous studies. Particles were irradiated under mild conditions with 1 MeV electrons to a fluence 3 × 1018 e/cm2 without overheating during irradiation which resulted in relatively uniform green fluorescence among particles treated via RTA at temperatures corresponding to H3 centers formation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number411868
JournalPhysica B: Condensed Matter
StatePublished - 15 Feb 2020


  • Color centers
  • Fluorescence
  • Rapid thermal annealing
  • diamond particles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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