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Opening of a laboratory for diamond studies at the Federal University of the Northern Arctic – Business and economy

ARKHANGELSK, February 14. /TASS/. A diamond laboratory has been opened at the Northern Arctic Federal University (NAFU) in Arkhangelsk, the university’s press service told TASS.

“NAFU has opened a laboratory to study diamonds. It is called the “Laboratory for Diagnosis of Carbon Materials and Optical Spin Phenomena in Broadband Semiconductors”. Its main task is the in-depth study of materials carbonized by various methods, such as spectroscopy, microscopy, X-rays,” the press service said.

The lab will study single crystal diamond slabs with various defects, including so-called NV centers. “These are unique centers that are located inside the diamond, and these structures can be used in various quantum technologies, such as quantum gyroscope, magnetometers, navigation devices, which will be very promising in the future” , said the press service quoting the head of the laboratory. , doctor of physical and mathematical sciences Dmitry Marakov as saying.

AGD Diamonds company plans to produce single crystal diamond plates with NV centers. Production requires checking the necessary number of NV centers in the plates, to see how many have appeared and how many still need to be produced.

The lab has a very powerful laser, which can cut and process diamonds. Another system can determine the tension in diamonds. An infrared spectrometer will help determine flaws in diamonds. An atomic and electron microscope will be used to study the surface of the diamond. Soon the laboratory will have special equipment to register NV centers. This equipment was assembled at the Ioffe Physical and Technical Institute (the Russian Academy of Sciences) in St. Petersburg.

The laboratory is part of the technological project implemented by the Russian Arctic Scientific and Educational Center to synthesize monocrystalline diamonds. Among the 19 specialists in the laboratory, 17 are young scientists. Most of the experts are master’s students and NAFU graduates.

About Center and AGD Diamonds

In December 2020, the Russian government supported the establishment of the Russian Arctic Scientific and Educational Center, which includes specialists from the Arkhangelsk, Murmansk and Nenets regions. The objective of the center is to implement new technological projects, to manufacture new materials, as well as to carry out studies and carry out research at the international level. The center also trains specialists, who will focus on major technological tasks in the region for the benefit of Arctic industries and the economy.

AGD Diamonds (formerly known as Arkhangelskgeoldobycha) is one of the oldest companies in northern Russian Europe, involved in the exploration, mining and processing of natural resources. It was founded in 1931. The company developed one of the two diamond deposits in Europe – the Grib deposit in the Mezen district of the Arkhangelsk region.