Hexagonal boron nitride: a source for quantum photonics applications

Simon J.U. White, Tieshan Yang, Nikolai Dontschuk, Connor Stewart, Chi Li, Zai Quan Xu, Alexander S. Solntstev, Mehran Kianinia, Alastair Stacey, Milos Toth, Igor Aharonovich

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Controlling and manipulating individual quantum systems underpins the development of scalable quantum technologies. Hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) is emerging as an exceptional platform for applications in quantum photonics. The two-dimensional van der Waals (vdW) crystal hosts single photon emitting defects (quantum emitters) opening new functionality currently inaccessibly with other 3D quantum sources. Due to the two-dimensional nature of the crystal, hBN is an ideal material to integrate into vdW heterostructure devices. These devices have recently been shown to enable electrical modulation of single photon emission. Additionally the study of the dephasing mechanisms of these sources helps assess the future utilization of hBN emitters in quantum interference experiments.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLight-Emitting Devices, Materials, and Applications XXVII
EditorsJong Kyu Kim, Michael R. Krames, Martin Strassburg
Place of PublicationBellingham, Washington USA
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781510659889
ISBN (Print)9781510659872
Publication statusPublished - 14 Mar 2023
Externally publishedYes
EventLight-Emitting Devices, Materials, and Applications XXVII 2023 - San Francisco, United States of America
Duration: 30 Jan 20231 Feb 2023
Conference number: 27th

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferenceLight-Emitting Devices, Materials, and Applications XXVII 2023
Country/TerritoryUnited States of America
CitySan Francisco


  • Hexagonal Boron Nitride
  • Nanophotonics
  • Quantum Emitter
  • van der Waals Heterostuctures

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