Far-UV-excited luminescence of nitrogen-vacancy centers: Evidence for diamonds in space

Hsiao-Chi LU, Yu-Chain PENG, Sheng-Lung CHOU, Jen-Iu LO, Bing-Ming CHENG, Huan-Cheng CHANG

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The nitrogen-vacancy (NV) centers in diamond are among the most thoroughly investigated defects in solid-state matter; however, our understanding of their properties upon far-UV excitation of the host matrix is limited. This knowledge is crucial for the identification of NV as the carrier of extended red emission (ERE) bands detected in a wide range of astrophysical environments. Herein, we report a study on the photoluminescence spectra of NV-containing nanodiamonds excited with synchrotron radiation over the wavelength range of 125–350 nm. We observed, for the first time, an emission at 520–850 nm with a quantum yield greater than 20%. Our results share multiple similarities with the ERE phenomena, suggesting that nanodiamonds are a common component of dust in space. Copyright © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14469-14473
JournalAngewandte Chemie International Edition
Issue number46
Early online dateOct 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2017



Lu, H.-C., Peng, Y.-C., Chou, S.-L., Lo, J.-I., Cheng, B.-M., & Chang, H.-C. (2017). Far-UV-excited luminescence of nitrogen-vacancy centers: Evidence for diamonds in space. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 56(46), 14469-14473.


  • Extended red emission
  • Far ultraviolet
  • Interstellar nanodiamonds
  • Nitrogen-vacancy centers
  • Synchrotron radiation