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Pink diamonds captivate sensor researchers

TOKYO -- Jewelry aficionados are not the only ones in love with pink diamonds. Researchers in the field of semiconductors and telecommunications are also fascinated by the gemstone for its potential ability to measure temperatures and detect trace amounts of electromagnetic radiation emitted from even a tiny area.

Professor Hiroshi Kawarada of Waseda University uses a model of diamond crystals to investigate NV centers.

     The use of pink diamonds could, for example, lead to smaller versions of the massive MRI machines currently used for medical diagnosis. Japanese researchers are conducting advanced basic research into the gemstone, while those in Western countries are focusing more on applications.

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