We present an alternative to conventional Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) spectroscopy equipment. Avoiding the use of bulky magnets and magnetron equipment, we use the photoluminescence of an ensemble of Nitrogen-Vacancy centers at the surface of a diamond. Monitoring their relaxation time (or T1), we detected their cross-relaxation with a compound of interest. In addition, the EPR spectra are encoded through a localized magnetic field gradient. While recording previous data took 12 min per data point with individual NV centers, we were able to reconstruct a full spectrum at once in 3 s, over a range from 3 to 11 G. In terms of sensitivity, only 0.5 μL of a 1 μM hexaaquacopper(II) ion solution was necessary.
- Diamond Nitrogen-Vacancy Centers
- Electron Paramagnetic Resonance
- Optically Detected Magnetic Resonance
- Quantum Sensing
- Spin Relaxometry