Highlights


07/01/2019 - Our research on diamond-based single-photon emitters is highlighted on the UNITO News portal of the University of Torino.
20/12/2018 - The 2-years project "Finanziamento ex-post di progetti di ricerca di Ateneo - Anno 2018" coordinated by Paolo Olivero is selected by the University of Torino for funding with a budget of 54.04 k€, supported by the "Compagnia di San Paolo" foundation.
19/12/2018 - The article "Single-photon emitters in lead-implanted single-crystal diamond" by S. Ditalia Tchernij et al. is reported on the cover of vol. 5 no. 12 of the journal "ACS Photonics".
1-5/10/2018 - In partnership with the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Solid State Physics group co-orgazined the Joint ICTP-IAEA Advanced School on Ion Beam Driven Materials Engineering. The School took place at ICTP (Trieste) and focused on the latest technological developments in the engineering of new material with ion beams, with a specific focus on quantum technologies. 8 lecturers (among which J. Forneris and P. Olivero) and 16 PhD students and early career researchers (among which S. Ditalia Tchernij) actively involved in ion beam techniques attended the event.
23/02/2018 - The communication "Diamond-based multi electrode arrays for monitoring dopaminergic neurons activity" (G. Tomagra, F. Picollo, A. Battiato, A. Pasquarelli, A. Marcantoni, E. Carbone, P. Olivero, V. Carabelli) is awared as the best oral presentation of the 4th National Congress of Sensors (Catania, 21-23 February 2018).
09/01/2018 - The 3-years projects "Beyond Classical Optical Metrology" (BeCOMe) and "Single‐photon sources as new quantum standards" (SIQUST) are selected for funding with planned budgets of respectively 1.7 M€ and 1.8 M€ by the European Metrology Programme for Innovation and Research (EMPIR) of the European Association of National Metrology Institutes (EURAMET). The projects are locally coordinated at UniTo by Paolo Olivero. The SIQUST project also funds the Torino Section of INFN.
17/09/2017 - The article "Photo-physical properties of He-related color centers in diamond" is selected as an APL Editor's Pick. It was highlighted on the journal homepage the week of Sep 17 2017.
28/07/2017 - The 18-months project "New Micro-Radiobiology Devices for aeroSpace (MiRaDS)" starts under the coordination of Paolo Olivero with a budget of 55,000 € funded by the CRT Foundation.
8-12/05/2017 - Jacopo Forneris and Paolo Olivero actively participated to the organization of the conference Quantum2017 (From Foundations of Quantum Mechanics to Quantum Information and Quantum Metrology & Sensing). The purpose of Quantum2017 is to favour the exchange of ideas and discussion on last results among leading physicists working in the interconnected fields of quantum metrology, sensing and imaging, and its program included several invited and contributed talks con the quantum-optical properties of color centers in diamond (see also the 07/05/2017 article on "La Stampa" national newspaper).
30/09/2016 - The two-years project "Diamond based detector for in vitro cellular radiobiology (DIACELL)" starts under the coordination of Federico Picollo and Paolo Olivero with a budget of 80,000 € funded by the 5th National Commission of the National Institute of Nuclear Physics.
26/09/2016 During the the 102nd Congress of the Italian Physics Society in Padova, Jacopo Forneris was awarded the "Sergio Panizza Prize" devoted to young researchers with distinguished contributions in Optoelectronics and Photonics, for "his experimental innovative contributions to optoelectronics and photonics based on diamond".
23-27/05/2016, Rettorato Università di Torino - International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Technical Meeting "Ion Beam-Induced Spatio-Temporal Structural Evolution of Matter: Towards New Quantum Technologies"
23-25/05/2016, in the best pubs of Torino - Pint of Science 2016 @ Torino, with selected talks on the following topics: "Atoms to Galaxies", "Beautiful Mind" and "Tech Me Out" (featuring a talk on diamond-based cellular biosensors by Federico Picollo)
01/01/2016 - The two-years project "Electrically controlled diamond-based single-photon sources (DIESIS)" starts under the coordination of Jacopo Forneris with a budget of 180,000 € funded by the 5th National Commission of the National Institute of Nuclear Physics.
10/04/2015 - PhD graduate and former post-doc Daniele Gatto Monticone is awarded the "Resmini" prize by the 5th Commission of the National Institute of Nuclear Physics for his PhD dissertation "Creation and characterization of luminescent centres in diamond for applications as single photon emitters" (tutor: E. Vittone, co-tutors: P. Olivero, G. Amato, M. Genovese).
16/09/2014, 9:00, aula Avogadro - "2nd Workshop "Diamond & New Technologies - Technological applications of artificial diamond" organized by Federico Picollo and Paolo Olivero.
03/01/2014 - The two-years project "Development of ion beam nanofabrication techniques in diamond for applications in bio-sensing" starts under the coordination of Federico Picollo with a budget of 140,000 € funded by the 5th National Commission of the National Institute of Nuclear Physics.
05/09/2013 - Radio interview on the development of the quantum computer to Paolo Olivero on Radio3 Scienza, the scientific daily program of "Radio3" channel. The interview recording is available here.
03/09/2013 - "Here's the computer with no more bits": interview to Paolo Olivero on Wired.
21/09/2012 - "Amperometric detection of quantal catecholamine secretion from individual cells by an ion beam microfabricated single crystalline diamond biosensor" (F. Picollo et al.): best oral presentation in the "Biophysics and Medical Physics" session of the "XCVIII National Congress of the Italian Physics Society", 17-21 September 2012, Napoli
12/01/2011 - "Computers get faster with diamonds": an article on our research activity published on "La Stampa - Tuttoscienze".
30/07/2010 - Mention of honor of the poster "Focused ion beam fabrication and IBIC characterization of a diamond detector with buried electrodes" presented at the conference "ICNMTA2010 - 12th International Conference on Nuclear Microprobe Technology and Applications" (26-30 July 2010, Leipzig)

Diamond science



Diamond has a reputation that is unique, and the idea of a diamond "being forever" gives only a small hint of its peculiar properties that make it an ideal candidate for a great variety of applications which go well beyond jewelry. It is one of the many allotropes of carbon: graphite, fullerene, nanotubes, graphene, amorphous carbon, etc. This surprising variety derives from the peculiar nature of carbon chemical bond, which arises from different possible hybridizations of s and p electron orbitals.


Structurally it is the hardest known material while having an extremely low friction coefficient: for these reasons the employment of diamond powders in cutting tools and abrasives is widespread. More advanced technological applications employ the unique mechanical properties of diamond in micro-electromechanical resonators and tips for scanning probe microscopy and indentation measurements.

Diamond combines a high electrical resistivity (due to its high broad bandgap) with an extreme thermal conductivity; therefore it is ubiquitously employed as heat sink in different kind of devices.

From an electrical point of view, diamond is characterized by very high values of the free-carrier mobilities and of the breakdown field and can be doped to display n-type and p-type conductivities, which make him an ideal material for applications in high-power devices, detectors and UV emitters.

Moreover, it is possible to functionalize its surface in order to induce a negative electron affinity, thus allowing the possibility of producing highly efficient electron field emitters.

Optically, its transparency over a broad spectral window (from the far IR to the near UV) offers many possibilities in the design of advanced windows for different applications, such as lasers, thermal imaging devices, spacecrafts, etc. Such an extreme transparency is accompanied by a vast repertory of defect-related color centers which define a range of fancy colorations employed in jewelry; more recently the diamond colour centers have been successfully employed as single photon emitters for advanced technological applications such as quantum cryptography and quantum information processing.

From a chemical point of view, diamond combines chemical inertness, bio-compatibility and a large electrochemical window with the possibility of functionalizing its surface with a range of chemical terminations in order to promote the selective attachment of specific bio-molecules, or to induce a high electrical conductivity at its surface. These unique features make diamond a very appealing platform for bio-technological applications, ranging from cellular and molecular sensing to microfluidics and bio-markers.

The long-standing visionary promise of diamond of being "tomorrow's ultimate material" is becoming more realistic after the significant progresses obtained in recent years in the synthesis of high quality diamond (either monocrystalline, polycrystalline or nanocrystalline) with chemical vapour or high-pressure-high-temperature deposition techniques, at ever decreasing costs.

Diamond science @ the Solid State Physics Group

The Solid State Physics Group is active since many years in the research on artificial diamond for different technological applications. Currently, the group is working on different topics involving both technological applications and fundamental studies:

Cellular bio-sensing: By taking advantage of innovative lithographic tehniques based on the employment of MeV ions beams, we are developing a new integrated cellular biosensor capable of inducing and recording bio-chemical signals in vitro from living excitable (i.e. endocrine or neuronal) cells. In this context, a diamond-based device displays the advantages of being bio-compatible, chemically stable and transparent, and its micro-fabrication allows the development of an integrated device for the simultaneous recording of the activity of large cell cultures or from different locations of a single cell.
The activity is carried in close collaboration with the PhyNe Group of the Department of Drug Science and Technology and the Nanofacility Piemonte laboratories of the National Institute of Metrologic Research.

Color centers in diamond: The group is working on the creation and photo-physical characterization of single luminescent centers in diamond for advanced photonics applications such as quantum crypography, quantum metrology and quantum optics. Diamond can allocate literally hundreds of different luminscent centers within its large bandgap. Many of these centers are characterized by high stability and quantum efficiency eveb at room temperature. In particular, when isolated at the single-defect level and suitably stimulated, they can emit a single quantum of light per each excitation (i.e., one photon at a time). Moreover, the spin properties of several of these centers offer promising perspectives in quantum information processing and quantum-enhanced sensing. The group is active in different aspects of this emerging research field, including: electrically stimulated single-photon sources, the search for new efficient emitters in diamond, super-resolution imaging, advanced magnetometry.
The activity is carried in close collaboration with the Quantum Optics group and the Nanofacility Piemonte laboratories of the National Institute of Metrologic Research, with the Section V of the National Institute of Nuclear Physics, as well as with other research institutions at the national (Politecnico di Torino, Politecnico di Milano, IFN-CNR, etc.) and international (Ulm University, University of Melbourne, RMIT University, Heriot-Watt University, etc.) level.


Fundamental studies: The group is active in an articulated research program focused on the fundamental investigation of the effect of ion implantation on the basic (i.e. structural, mechanical, optical) properties of diamond. Ion beams represent a powerful tool to functionalize and tailor the physical properties of diamond, therefore for this purpose an in-depth understanding of ion-matter interaction is required. The research team adopts finite element methods combined with analytical modelling to describe these effects at the mesoscopic scale.
The activity is carried in close collaboration with several national (INFN-LABEC, INFN-LNL, UniPd-DF) and international (UniMelb-MARC, RMIT) partner groups.

Seminars


23/10/2017, 14:30, sala Castagnoli - "Electrical excitation of color centers in diamond: the route to efficient single-photon sources" by Dmitry Fedyanin (Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology).
09/10/2017, 14:00, sala Wataghin - "Spectroscopy in Flatland" by Igor Aharonovic (University of Technology, Sydney).
21/09/2017, 11:00, sala Wataghin - "Cooperatively-enhanced atomic dipole forces in optically trapped nanodiamond containing NV centres in liquid" by Carlo Bradac (University of Technology, Sydney).
26/06/2017, 10:00, aula Verde - "Optically detected magnetic field sensing in diamond" by Marco Capelli (RMIT University).
17/05/2017, 15:30, sala Wataghin - "A triple ion beam system: what are the benefits of FIB milling with He, Ne or Ga ions" by Babs Fairchild (RMIT University).
17/05/2017, 14:00, sala Wataghin - "Diamond in tellurite glass, an emerging hybrid material for quantum devices" by Andrew Greentree (RMIT University).
16/05/2017, 15:00, sala Castagnoli - "Strategies for global entangled states and distributed quantum protocols, or how quantum ships will make the world weirder" by Andrew Greentree (RMIT University).
15/05/2017, 15:00, sala Wataghin - "Development of CVD diamond membrane ionized-radiation detector with embedded living-cell cultivation environment" by Wataru Kada (Gunma University).
15/03/2017, 11:00, sala Wataghin - "Influence of grain boundaries on elastic and plastic properties of nanocrystalline diamond films" by Markus Mohr (University of Ulm).
30/06/2016, 11:00, aula G - "3D diamond photonics enabled by femtosecond laser inscription" by Shane Eaton (Politecnico di Milano).
13/05/2016, 11:00, Aula Magna - "Controlling nuclear spins in diamond at ambient conditions" by Boris Naydenov (Institute for Quantum Optics, University of Ulm).
18/11/2015, 14:00, sala Wataghin - "Optimized quantum sensing with adaptive measurements on a single solid-state spin" by Cristian Bonato (Delft University of Technology).
10/11/2014, 10:00, sala Wataghin - "Design of an ultra-compact silicon plasmonic modulator for optical interconnections" given by Dr. Nicolás Abadía (Université Paris-Sud, Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives).
16/09/2014, 9:00, aula Avogadro - "2nd Workshop "Diamond & New Technologies - Technological applications of artificial diamond" organized by Federico Picollo and Paolo Olivero.
23/05/2014, 14:00, sala Castagnoli - Seminar "CVD processes for growth and shaping of diamond films: new prospectives in nanotechnology and optical applications" by Stefano Gay (University of Roma "Tor Vergata").
16/04/2014, 14:00, sala Fubini - Seminar "Manipulating a spin qubit by sequential adaptive partial measurements" by Cristian Bonato (Delft University of Technology).
11/04/2014, 14:00, sala Castagnoli - Seminar "Nanoscale scanning probe magnetometer with a single NV center" by Piernicola Spinicelli (Ecole Supérieure de Physique et Chimie Industrielle).
11/02/2014, 9:30, sala Wataghin - Seminar "Nanoscale imaging using color centers in diamond nanoparticles" by Jean-François Roch (Laboratorire Aimé Cotton - CNRS).
08/03/2013, 10:00, sala Wataghin - Seminar "Creation of Single Photon Centers in Diamond and SiC by Irradiation" by Takeshi Oshima (Japan Atomic Energy Agency).
15/10/2012, 10:00, sala Castagnoli - Seminar "Optical centres in diamond created by high resolution ion implantation for single photon sources and solid state qubit" by Sébastien Pezzagna (Ruhr Universtät Bochum).
14/09/2012, 14:00, sala Castagnoli - Seminar "Coherent Acoustic Phonon Spectroscopy of Ion-Implanted Diamond" by Justin Gregory (Vanderbilt University).
11/09/2012, 14:30, sala Wataghin - Seminar "Diamond-based spintronics and nano-diamond research at Technion" by Rafi Kalish (Technion Institute).
05/06/2012, 14:00, aula Wick - Seminar "Phase-shift interferometry methods and their applications from diamonds to thin liquid films" by Maurizio Vannoni (Istituto Nazionale di Ottica - CNR).
09/03/2012, 10:00, sala Wataghin - Seminar "Single crystal diamond based Schottky diodes: Application to radiation detection" by Gianluca Verona Rinati (Università di Roma "Tor Vergata").
14/11/2012, 9:30, sala Wataghin - Workshop "1st Diamond & New Technologies Workshop" organized by Paolo Olivero.
13/09/2011, 14:00, sala Wataghin - Seminar "STEM study of the fabrication processes in diamond" by Sergey Rubanov (University of Melbourne).
18/04/2011, 15:00, sala Castagnoli - Seminar "Single ion implantation and defect engineering in diamond" by Jan Meijer (Ruhr Universtät Bochum).
21/12/2010, 9:30, sala Castagnoli - Seminar "Diamond related activities at Institute Néel" by Etienne Gheeraert (Néel Institute - CNRS).
21/12/2010, 10:45, sala Castagnoli - Seminar "Towards quantum nanomechanics using superconducting diamond" by Christopher Bäuerle (Néel Institute - CNRS).
21/12/2010, 12:00, sala Castagnoli - Seminar "Electrical transport in diamond" by Julien Pernot (Néel Institute - CNRS).
28/09/2010, 14:30, sala Wataghin - Seminar "Fabrication of optical waveguides in diamond" by Mark Hiscocks (University of New South Wales).
03/09/2010, 14:30, sala Wataghin - Seminar "The many facets of diamond at the University of Melbourne" by Barbara Fairchild (University of Melbourne).
03/09/2010, 14:30, sala Wataghin - Seminar "Nanocrystalline diamond microelectrode arrays deposited on sapphire for cellular amperometric signal detection" by Elisabetta Colombo (Ulm University).

Funded projects


Finanziamento ex-post di progetti di ricerca di Ateneo - Anno 2018
Time: 2019-2020
Funding: University of Torino and Compagnia di San Paolo
Local budget: 54,040 €
Local coordinator: Paolo Olivero
Single‐photon sources as new quantum standards (SIQUST)
Time: 2018-2021
Funding: European Metrology Programme for Innovation and Research (EMPIR)
Local budget: 100,000 €
Local coordinator: Paolo Olivero
Beyond Classical Optical Metrology (BeCOMe)
Time: 2018-2021
Funding: European Metrology Programme for Innovation and Research (EMPIR)
Local budget: 60,000 €
Local coordinator: Paolo Olivero
New Micro-Radiobiology Devices for aeroSpace (MiRaDS)
Time: 2017-2018
Funding: CRT Foundation
Budget: 55,000 €
Coordinator: Paolo Olivero
Diamond based detector for in vitro cellular radiobiology (DIACELL)
Time: 2017-2018
Funding: INFN - CSN5
Budget: 80,000 €
Coordinators: Federico Picollo, Paolo Olivero
Dia.Fab.
Time: running experiment
Supporting institution: INFN - LNL
Budget: N/A (use of large scale facility)
Coordinator: Federico Picollo
Microfabrication in diamond
Time: running experiment
Supporting institution: INRiM - NanoFacilityPiemonte
Budget: N/A (use of large scale facility)
Coordinator: Paolo Olivero

Recent publications


"Feasibility study towards comparison of the g(2)(0) measurement in the visible range", E. Moreva, P. Traina, R. Kirkwood, M. Lopez, G. Brida, M. Gramegna, I. Ruo Berchera, J. Forneris, S. Ditalia Tchernij, P. Olivero, C. Chunnilall, S. Kueck, M. Genovese, I. Degiovanni, Metrologia 56, 015016 (2019)
"Synthesis and characterization of porphyrin functionalized nanodiamonds", F. Picollo, L. Mino, A. Battiato, S. Ditalia Tchernij, J. Forneris, K. Martina, M. Sacco, S. Tagliapietra, E. Vittone, P. Olivero, A. Barge, Diamond and Related Materials 91, 22 (2019)
"Single-photon emitters in lead-implanted single-crystal diamond", S. Ditalia Tchernij, T. Lühmann, T. Herzig, J. Küpper, A. Damin, S. Santonocito, M. Signorile, P. Traina, E. Moreva, F. Celegato, S. Pezzagna, I. P. Degiovanni, P. Olivero, M. Jakšić, J. Meijer, M. Genovese, J. Forneris, ACS Photonics 5, 4864-4871 (2018)
"Quantum-optical characterization of single-photon emitters created by MeV proton irradiation of HPHT diamond nanocrystals", E. Moreva, P. Traina, A. Tengattini, F. Picollo, A. Battiato, S. Ditalia Tchernij, I. P. Degiovanni, G. Brida, M. Genovese, V. Rigato, P. Olivero, J. Forneris, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B 435, 318 (2018)
"Mapping the local spatial charge in defective diamond by means of NV sensors – A "self-diagnostic" concept", J. Forneris, S. Ditalia Tchernij, P. Traina, E. Moreva, N. Skukan, M. Jakšić, V. Grilj, F. Bosia, E. Enrico, G. Amato, I. P. Degiovanni, B. Naydenov, F. Jelezko, M. Genovese, P. Olivero, Physical Review Applied 10, 014024 (2018)
"Nanodiamonds-induced effects on neuronal firing of mouse hippocampal microcircuits", L. Guarina, C. Calorio, D. Gavello, E. Moreva, P. Traina, A. Battiato, S. Ditalia Tchernij, J. Forneris, M. Gai, F. Picollo, P. Olivero, M. Genovese, E. Carbone, A. Marcantoni, V. Carabelli, Scientific Reports 8, 2221 (2018)
"Polarized micro-Raman studies of femtosecond laser written stress-induced optical waveguides in diamond", B. Sotillo, A. Chiappini, V. Bharadwaj, J. P. Hadden, F. Bosia, P. Olivero, M. Ferrari, R. Ramponi, P. E. Barclay, S. M. Eaton, Applied Physics Letters 112, 031109 (2018)
"Characterization of CVD heavily B-doped diamond thin films for Multi Electrode Array biosensors", G. Pippione, P. Olivero, M. Fisher, M. Schreck, A. Pasquarelli, Physica Status Solidi A 214 (11), 1700223 (2017)
"Direct experimental observation of nonclassicality in ensembles of single photon emitters", E. Moreva, P. Traina, J. Forneris, I. P. Degiovanni, S. Ditalia Tchernij, F. Picollo, G. Brida, P. Olivero, M. Genovese, Physical Review B 96 (19), 195209 (2017)
"Single-photon-emitting optical centers in diamond fabricated upon Sn implantation", S. Ditalia Tchernij, T. Herzig, J. Forneris, J. Küpper, S. Pezzagna, P. Traina, E. Moreva, I. P. Degiovanni, G. Brida, N. Skukan, M. Genovese, M. Jakšić, J. Meijer, P. Olivero, ACS Photonics 4 (10), 2580-2586 (2017)
"Photo-physical properties of He-related color centers in diamond", G. Prestopino, M. Marinelli, E. Milani, C. Verona, G. Verona-Rinati, P. Traina, E. Moreva, I. P. Degiovanni, M. Genovese, S. Ditalia Tchernij, F. Picollo, P. Olivero, J. Forneris, Applied Physics Letters 111, 111105 (2017)
"Fabrication of monolithic microfluidic channels in diamond with ion beam lithography", F. Picollo, A. Battiato, L. Boarino, S. Ditalia, E. Enrico, J. Forneris, A. Gilardino, M. Jakšić, F. Sardi, N. Skukan, A. Tengattini, P. Olivero, A. Re, E. Vittone, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B 404, 193-197 (2017)
"Channeling STIM analysis of radiation damage in single crystal diamond membrane", I. Sudić, D. Cosic, S. Ditalia Tchernij, P. Olivero, M. Pomorski, N. Skukan, M. Jakšić, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B 404, 96-99 (2017)
"Refractive index variation in a free-standing diamond thin film induced by irradiation with fully transmitted high-energy protons", S. Lagomarsino, S. Calusi, M. Massi, N. Gelli, S. Sciortino, F. Taccetti, L. Giuntini, A. Sordini, M. Vannoni, F. Bosia, D. Gatto Monticone, P. Olivero, B. A. Fairchild, P. Kashyap, A. D. C. Alves, M. A. Strack, S. Prawer, A. D. Greentree, Scientific Reports 7, 385 (2017)
"Electrical characterization of a graphite-diamond-graphite junction fabricated by MeV carbon implantation", S. Ditalia Tchernij, N. Skukan, F. Picollo, A. Battiato, V. Grilj, G. Amato, L. Boarino, E. Enrico, M. Jakšić, P. Olivero, J. Forneris, Diamond and Related Materials 74, 125-131 (2017)
"Planar diamond-based multiarrays to monitor neurotransmitter release and action potential firing: new perspectives in cellular neuroscience", V. Carabelli, A. Marcantoni, F. Picollo, A. Battiato, E. Bernardi, A. Pasquarelli, P. Olivero, E. Carbone, ACS Chemical Neuroscience 8, 252-264 (2017)
"Electrical control of deep NV centers in diamond by means of sub-superficial graphitic micro-electrodes", J. Forneris, S. Ditalia Tchernij, A. Tengattini, E. Enrico, V. Grilj, N. Skukan, G. Amato, L. Boarino, M. Jakšić, P. Olivero, Carbon 113, 76-78 (2017)
"The V+I defects in diamond: an ab initio investigation of the electronic structure, of the Raman and IR spectra, and of their possible recombination", S. Salustro, Y. Nöel, C. M. Zicovich-Wilson, P. Olivero, R. Dovesi, Journal of Chemical Physics 145, 184701 (2016)
"Microelectrode arrays of diamond-insulated graphitic channels for real time detection of exocytotic events from cultured chromaffin cells and slices of adrenal glands", F. Picollo, A. Battiato, E. Bernardi, A. Marcantoni, A. Pasquarelli, E. Carbone, P. Olivero, V. Carabelli, Analytical Chemistry 88, 7493-7499 (2016)
"Diamond sensors for future high energy experiments", F. Bachmair et al. (RD42 Collaboration), Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A 831, 370-377 (2016)
"Micro and nano-patterning of single-crystal diamond by swift heavy ion irradiation", G. García, I. Preda, M. Díaz-Híjar, V. Tormo-Márquez, O. Peña-Rodríguez, J. Olivares, F. Bosia, N. M. Pugno, F. Picollo, L. Giuntini, A. Sordini, P. Olivero, L. López-Mir, C. Ocal, Diamond and Related Materials 69, 1-7 (2016)
"Creation and characterization of He-related color centers in diamond", J. Forneris, A. Tengattini, S. Ditalia, F. Picollo, A. Battiato, P. Traina, I. P. Degiovanni, E. Moreva, G. Brida, V. Grilj, N. Skukan, M. M. Jakšić, M. Genovese, Journal of Luminescence 179, 59-63 (2016)
"Softening the ultra-stiff: controlled variation of Young's modulus in single-crystal diamond", A. Battiato, M. Lorusso, E. Bernardi, F. Picollo, F. Bosia, D. Ugues, A. Zelferino, A. Damin, J. Baima, N. M. Pugno, E. P. Ambrosio, P. Olivero, Acta Materialia 16, 95-103 (2016)
"A 3D Diamond Detector for Particle Tracking", M. Artuso et al. (RD42 Collaboration), Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A 824, 402-405 (2016)
"Characterization of the recovery of mechanical properties of ion-implanted diamond after thermal annealing", M. Mohr, F. Picollo, A. Battiato, E. Bernardi, J. Forneris, A. Tengattini, E. Enrico, L. Boarino, F. Bosia, H.-J. Fecht, P. Olivero, Diamond and Related Materials 63, 75-79 (2016)
"All-carbon multi-electrode array for real-time in vitro measurements of oxidizable neurotransmitters", F. Picollo, A. Battiato, E. Bernardi, M. Plaitano, C. Franchino, S. Gosso, A. Pasquarelli, E. Carbone, P. Olivero, V. Carabelli, Scientific Reports 6, 20682 (2016)
"Raman spectroscopic features of the neutral vacancy in diamond from ab initio quantum-mechanical calculations", J. Baima, A. Zelferino, P. Olivero, A. Erba, R. Dovesi, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 18, 1961-1968 (2016)
"Effects of high-power laser irradiation on sub-superficial graphitic layers in single crystal diamond", F. Picollo, S. Rubanov, C. Tomba, A. Battiato, E. Enrico, A. Perrat-Mabilon, C. Peaucelle, T. N. Tran Thi, L. Boarino, E. Gheeraert, P. Olivero, Acta Materialia 103, 665-671 (2015)
"Electrical stimulation of non-classical photon emission from diamond color centers by means of sub-superficial graphitic electrodes", J. Forneris, P. Traina, D. Gatto Monticone, G. Amato, L. Boarino, G. Brida, I. P. Degiovanni, E. Enrico, E. Moreva, V. Grilj, N. Skukan, M. Jakšić, M. Genovese, P. Olivero, Scientific Reports 5, 15901 (2015)
"Realization of a diamond based high density multi electrode array by means of deep ion beam lithography", F. Picollo, A. Battiato, E. Bernardi, L. Boarino, E. Enrico, J. Forneris, D. Gatto Monticone, P. Olivero, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B 348, 199-202 (2015)
"Micro-beam and pulsed laser beam techniques for the micro-fabrication of diamond surface and bulk structures", S. Sciortino, M. Bellini, F. Bosia, S. Calusi, C. Corsi, C. Czelusniak, N. Gelli, L. Giuntini, F. Gorelli, S. Lagomarsino, P. A. Mandò, M. Massi, P. Olivero, G. Parrini, M. Santoro, A. Sordini, A. Sytchkova, F. Taccetti, M. Vannoni, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B 348, 191-198 (2015)
"Electroluminescence from a diamond device with ion-beam-micromachined buried graphitic electrodes", J. Forneris, A. Battiato, D. Gatto Monticone, F. Picollo, G. Amato, L. Boarino, G. Brida, I. P. Degiovanni, E. Enrico, M. Genovese, E. Moreva, P. Traina, C. Verona, G. Verona-Rinati, P. Olivero, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B 348, 187-190 (2015)
"Kelvin probe characterization of buried graphitic microchannels in single-crystal diamond", E. Bernardi, A. Battiato, P. Olivero, F. Picollo, E. Vittone, Journal of Applied Physics 117, 024103 (2015)
"Development and characterization of a diamond-insulated graphitic multi electrode array realized with ion beam lithography", F. Picollo, A. Battiato, E. Carbone, L. Croin, E. Enrico, J. Forneris, S. Gosso, P. Olivero, A. Pasquarelli, V. Carabelli, Sensors 15, 515-528 (2015)
"Single-photon emitters based on NIR colour centres in diamond coupled with solid immersion lenses", D. Gatto Monticone, J. Forneris, M. Levi, A. Battiato, F. Picollo, P. Olivero, P. Traina, E. Moreva, E. Enrico, G. Brida, I. P. Degiovanni, M. Genovese, G. Amato, L. Boarino, International Journal of Quantum Information 12 (7-8), 1560011 (2014)
"Beating the Abbe diffraction limit in confocal microscopy via nonclassical photon statistics", D. Gatto Monticone, K. Katamadze, P. Traina, E. Moreva, J. Forneris, I. Ruo-Berchera, P. Olivero, I. P. Degiovanni, G. Brida, M. Genovese, Physical Review Letters 113, 143602 (2014)
"A 3-dimensional interdigitated electrode geometry for the enhancement of charge collection efficiency in diamond detectors", J. Forneris, A. Lo Giudice, P. Olivero, F. Picollo, A. Re, M. Marinelli, F. Pompili, C. Verona, G. Verona Rinati, M. Benetti, D. Cannata, F. Di Pietrantonio, Europhysics Letters 108, 18001 (2014)
"An analytical model for the mechanical deformation of locally graphitized diamond", M. Piccardo, F. Bosia, P. Olivero, N. Pugno, Diamond and Related Materials 48, 73-81 (2014)
"Native NIR-emitting single colour centres in CVD diamond", D. Gatto Monticone, P. Traina, E. Moreva, J. Forneris, P. Olivero, I. P. Degiovanni, F. Taccetti, L. Giuntini, G. Brida, G. Amato, M. Genovese, New Journal of Physics 16, 053005 (2014)
"Measurement and modelling of anomalous polarity pulses in a multi electrode diamond detector", J. Forneris, V. Grilj, M. Jakšić, P. Olivero, F. Picollo, N. Skukan, C. Verona, G. Verona-Rinati, E. Vittone, Europhysics Letters 104, 28005 (2013)
"Systematic study of defect-related quenching of NV luminescence in diamond with time correlated single photon counting spectroscopy", D. Gatto Monticone, F. Quercioli, R. Mercatelli, S. Soria, S. Borini, T. Poli, M. Vannoni, E. Vittone, P. Olivero, Physical Review B 88, 155201 (2013)
"A new diamond biosensor with integrated graphitic microchannels for detecting quantal exocytic events from chromaffin cells", F. Picollo, S. Gosso, E. Vittone, A. Pasquarelli, E. Carbone, P. Olivero, V. Carabelli, Advanced Materials 25 (34), 4696-4700 (2013)
"Direct measurement and modelling of internal strains in ion-implanted diamond", F. Bosia, N. Argiolas, M. Bazzan, B. A. Fairchild, A. D. Greentree, D. W. M. Lau, P. Olivero, F. Picollo, S. Rubanov, S. Prawer, Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter 25, 385403 (2013)
"IBIC characterization of an ion-beam-micromachined multi-electrode diamond detector", J. Forneris, V. Grilj, M. Jakšić, A. Lo Giudice, P. Olivero, F. Picollo, N. Skukan, C. Verona, G. Verona-Rinati, E.Vittone, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B 306, 181-185 (2013)
"Splitting of photo-luminescent emission from nitrogen-vacancy centers in diamond induced by ion-damage-induced stress", P. Olivero, F. Bosia, B. A. Fairchild, B. C. Gibson, A. D. Greentree, P. Spizzirri, S. Prawer, New Journal of Physics 15, 043027 (2013)
"Complex refractive index variation in proton-damaged diamond", S. Lagomarsino, P. Olivero, S. Calusi, D. Gatto Monticone, L. Giuntini, M. Massi, S. Sciortino, A. Sytchkova, A. Sordini, M. Vannoni, Optics Express 20 (17), 19382-19394 (2012)
"Fabrication and electrical characterization of three-dimensional graphitic microchannels in single crystal diamond", F. Picollo, D. Gatto Monticone, P. Olivero, B. A. Fairchild, S. Rubanov, S. Prawer, E. Vittone, New Journal of Physics 14, 053011 (2012)
"An upper limit on the lateral vacancy diffusion length in diamond", J. O. Orwa, K. Ganesan, J. Newnham, C. Santori, P. Barclay, K. M. C. Fu, R. G. Beausoleil, I. Aharonovich, B. A. Fairchild, P. Olivero, A. D. Greentree, S. Prawer, Diamond and Related Materials 24, 6-10 (2012)
"Spectroscopic measurement of the refractive index of ion-implanted diamond", A. Battiato, F. Bosia, S. Ferrari, P. Olivero, A. Sytchkova, E. Vittone, Optics Letters 37 (4), 671-673 (2012)
"Focused ion beam fabrication and IBIC characterization of a diamond detector with buried electrodes", P. Olivero, J. Forneris, M. Jakšić, Ż. Pastuović, F. Picollo, N. Skukan, E. Vittone, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B 269, 2340-2344 (2011)
"Ultra-smooth single crystal diamond surfaces resulting from implantation and lift-off processes", T. N. Tran Thi, B. Fernandez, D. Eon, E. Gheeraert, J. Härtwig, T. A. Lafford, A. Perrat-Mabilon, C. Peaucelle, P. Olivero, E. Bustarret, Physica Status Solidi A 208 (9), 2057-2061 (2011)
"Modification of the structure of diamond with MeV ion implantation", F. Bosia, N. Argiolas, M. Bazzan, P. Olivero, F. Picollo, A. Sordini, M. Vannoni, E. Vittone, Diamond and Related Materials 20, 774-778 (2011)
"Diamond pixel modules", D. Asner et al. (RD42 Collaboration), Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A 636, S125-S129 (2011)
"Lateral IBIC characterization of single crystal synthetic diamond detectors", A. Lo Giudice, P. Olivero, C. Manfredotti, M. Marinelli, E. Milani, F. Picollo, G. Prestopino, A. Re, V. Rigato, C. Verona, G. Verona-Rinati, E. Vittone, Physica Status Solidi - Rapid Research Letters 5 (2), 80-82 (2011)
"Evidence of light guiding in ion-implanted diamond", S. Lagomarsino, P. Olivero, F. Bosia, M. Vannoni, S. Calusi, L. Giuntini, M. Massi, Physical Review Letters 105, 233903 (2010)
"Luminescence centers in proton irradiated single crystal CVD diamond", C. Manfredotti, S. Calusi, A. Lo Giudice, L. Giuntini, M. Massi, P. Olivero, A. Re, Diamond and Related Materials 19, 854-860 (2010)
"Formation of buried conductive micro-channels in single crystal diamond with MeV C and He implantation", F. Picollo, P. Olivero, F. Bellotti, Ż. Pastuović, N. Skukan, A. Lo Giudice, G. Amato, M. Jakšić, E. Vittone, Diamond and Related Materials 19, 466-469 (2010)
"Controlled variation of the refractive index in ion-damaged diamond", P. Olivero, S. Calusi, L. Giuntini, S. Lagomarsino, A. Lo Giudice, M. Massi, S. Sciortino, M. Vannoni, E. Vittone, Diamond and Related Materials 19, 428-431 (2010)
"Finite element analysis of ion-implanted diamond surface swelling", F. Bosia, P. Olivero, E. Vittone, F. Picollo, A. Lo Giudice, M. Jakšić, N. Skukan, L. Giuntini, M. Massi, S. Calusi, M. Vannoni, S. Lagomarsino, S. Sciortino, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B 268, 2991-2995 (2010)
"Direct fabrication and IV characterization of sub-surface conductive channels in diamond with MeV ion implantation", P. Olivero, G. Amato, F. Bellotti, S. Borini, A. Lo Giudice, F. Picollo, E. Vittone, The European Physical Journal B 75 (2), 127 132 (2010)
"Direct fabrication of three-dimensional buried conductive channels in single crystal diamond with ion microbeam induced graphitization", P. Olivero, G. Amato, F. Bellotti, O. Budnyk, E. Colombo, M. Jakšić, A. Lo Giudice, C. Manfredotti, Ż. Pastuović, F. Picollo, N. Skukan, M. Vannoni, E. Vittone, Diamond and Related Materials 18, 870-876 (2009)

Citations


Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without one.
Confucius
Crystals are like people: it is the defects in them that make them interesting.
Sir F. C. Frank
Square cut or pear shaped these rocks don't lose their shape... diamonds are a girl's best friend!
Marilyn Monroe in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes"
I never hated a man enough to give his diamonds back.
Zsa Zsa Gabor
Dai diamanti non nasce niente, dal letame nascono i fior...
Fabrizio De André in "Via del Campo"