Porträt PD Dr. habil. Astakhov, Georgy; FWIM-Q

PD Dr. habil. Georgy Astakhov
Quantum materials and technology

MSc. Christian Kasper
BSc. Michael Hollenbach
BSc. Daniel Klenkert


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Quantum Materials and Technology

Research activities

Hybrid quantum technologies with atom-scale defects

Proton Beam Writing

Semiconductor technology lies at the heart of modern industry. Its vast importance is given by the versatility of semiconductors as information processor, sensors and mechanical devices. Quantum physics offers tools for greatly enhanced performance in all these applications. We have recently found that spin centers in commercial silicon carbide (SiC) wafers, that are used for device fabrication, possess very favorable quantum properties [1] even at room temperature [2], pushing this field towards practical applications. We can precisely engineer these spin centers [3] down to single defect level [4] and coherently manipulate their quantum states [5]. Our goals:

  • Quantum semiconductor integrated circuits with spin qubits fabricated at the Ion Beam Center (IBC) using Nanofabrication Facility. This concept allows to go far beyond the diffraction limit and create an array of qubits with individual addressability on a single chip. Particularly, they can be used for quantum sensing with unprecedented accuracy. 

  • Controllable creation of single spin color centers at the Ion Beam Center (IBC) and integration into high-quality photonic cavities to achieve an efficient spin-photon entanglement. This is an important step towards implementation of quantum repeaters and networks with eavesdropping detection.

  • Creation of dense and highly-coherent spin defect ensembles using the Electron Accelerator ELBE and integration into high-quality microwave cavities to implement a room-temperature semiconductor maser. Such a quantum amplifier can be used for compact satellite receivers, highly precise remote sensing and chip-scale secondary frequency standards.

Quantum metrology with topological materials 

Universal THz Faraday Rotation

There is a continuously growing interest to topological quantum states, particularly to 3D topological insulators (TIs) because of attractively new and unusual physics they demonstrate. One of the most sought-after phenomena in topological quantum matter is the so-called topological magnetoelectric (TME) effect. It is expected due to axion electrodynamics of TIs, caused by additional terms in the Maxwell’s equations that couple an electric field to a magnetization and a magnetic field to a polarization of the matter. The direct manifestation of the TME effect is the universal Faraday rotation angle of the linearly polarized THz radiation quantized in terms of the fine structure constant α, which we confirmed in our experiments [6]. We aim to address fundamental questions using the free-electron lasers FELBE and the Dresden High Magnetic Field Laboratory (HLD):

  • How precisely is the observed Faraday rotation equal to the fine structure constant? It would be very exciting to use topological phenomena in solids, namely the magnetic flux quantum from the Josephson effect, the conductivity quantum from the quantum Hall effect and now the quantized Faraday rotation from the TME effect, for a metrological definition of the three basic physical constants e, h and c.

  • Topological insulators mimic axion particles (dark matter). Can we investigate “baby universe” in table-top experiments using time-resoved/time-domain THz spectroscopy [7]?

Related Publications

[1] Resonant addressing and manipulation of silicon vacancy qubits in silicon carbide
D. Riedel, F. Fuchs, H. Kraus, S. Väth, A. Sperlich, V. Dyakonov, A. A. Soltamova, P. G. Baranov, V. A. Ilyin, G. V. Astakhov
Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 226402 (2012) | arXiv:1210.0505

[2] Room temperature quantum microwave emitters based on spin defects in silicon carbide
H. Kraus, V. A. Soltamov, D. Riedel, S. Väth, F. Fuchs, A. Sperlich, P. G. Baranov, V. Dyakonov G. V. Astakhov
Nat. Phys. 10, 157 (2014)

[3] Three-dimensional proton beam writing of optically active coherent vacancy spins in silicon carbide
H. Kraus, D. Simin, C. Kasper, Y. Suda, S. Kawabata, W. Kada, T. Honda, Y. Hijikata, T. Ohshima, V. Dyakonov, G. V. Astakhov
Nano Lett. 17, 2865 (2017)

[4] Engineering near-infrared single-photon emitters with optically active spins in ultrapure silicon carbide
F. Fuchs, B. Stender, D. Simin, M. Trupke, J. Pflaum, V. Dyakonov, G. V. Astakhov
Nat. Commun. 6, 7578 (2015) | arXiv:1407.7065

[5] Locking of electron spin coherence above 20 ms in natural silicon carbide
D. Simin, H. Kraus, A. Sperlich, T. Ohshima, G. V. Astakhov, V. Dyakonov
Phys. Rev. B 95, 161201(R) (2017) | arXiv:1602.05775

[6] Observation of the universal magnetoelectric effect in a 3D topological insulator
V. Dziom, A. Shuvaev, A. Pimenov, G. V. Astakhov, C. Ames, K. Bendias, J. Böttcher, G. Tkachov, E. M. Hankiewicz, C. Brüne, H. Buhmann, L. W. Molenkamp
Nat. Commun. 8, 15197 (2017) | arXiv:1603.05482

[7] Surface state charge dynamics of a high-mobility three dimensional topological insulator
J. Hancock, J. L. M. van Mechelen, A. B. Kuzmenko, D. van der Marel, C. Brüne, E. G. Novik, G. V. Astakhov, H. Buhmann, L. W. Molenkamp
Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 136803 (2011)


PD Dr. habil. Georgy Astakhov
Quantum materials and technology