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Dolan, P. R.; Adekanye, S.; Trichet, A. A. P.; Johnson, S.; Flatten, L. C.; Chen, Y. C.; Weng, L.; Hunger, D.; Chang, H. -C.; Castelletto, S.; Smith, J. M. (2018): Robust, tunable, and high purity triggered single photon source at room temperature using a nitrogen-vacancy defect in diamond in an open microcavity. In: Optics Express, Vol. 26, No. 6: pp. 7056-7065
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We report progress in the development of tunable room temperature triggered single photon sources based on single nitrogen-vacancy (NV) centres in nanodiamond coupled to open access optical micro-cavities. The feeding of fluorescence from an NV centre into the cavity mode increases the spectral density of the emission and results in an output stream of triggered single photons with spectral line width of order 1 nm, tunable in the range 640 - 700 nm. We record single photon purities exceeding 96% and estimated device efficiencies up to 3%. We compare performance using plano-concave microcavities with radii of curvature from 25 mu m to 4 mu m and show that up to 17% of the total emission is fed into the TEM00 mode. Pulsed Hanbury-Brown Twiss (HBT) interferometry shows that an improvement in single photon purity is facilitated due to the increased spectral density. Published by The Optical Society under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.