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  1. Clinical characteristics in patients showing ischemic electrocardiographic changes during adenosine triphosphate loading single-photon emission computed tomography

    Although ischemic electrocardiographic (ECG) changes during dipyridamole or adenosine infusion have been reported as a marker for severe coronary artery disease (CAD), few studies have focused on ST-segment changes with adenosine triphosphate (ATP)-loading myocardial single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT). Between January 2003 and August 2008, 4650 consecutive patients underwent ATP-loading SPECT. After 1412 patients with left bundle branch block, pacemaker rhythm, or previous coronary revascularization were excluded, 16 out of 3238 patients (0.5%) showed ischemic ST-segment depression during ATP-loading myocardial SPECT. They were aged 67±11 years; 10 were men and 6 women. Of these patients, 8 demonstrated perfusion abnormalities, whereas the remaining 8 showed normal myocardial perfusion imaging. In 6 of the 8 patients with abnormal SPECT, coronary angiography was performed, revealing left main trunk disease in 1 patient, 3-vessel disease in 4, 1-vessel disease with proximal left ascending artery occlusion in 1, and an insignificant lesion in 1. By contrast, no major cardiac event was observed in the 8 patients with normal SPECT during follow-up for an average of 2 years. The prevalence of ischemic ST-segment changes during ATP loading is very rare. However, this finding should be taken into account since almost half of the patients, particularly those with perfusion abnormalities, may have severe CAD which requires coronary revascularization. (author)

  2. Single photon emission computed tomography with thallium-201 during adenosine-induced coronary hyperemia: Correlation with coronary arteriography, exercise thallium imaging and two-dimensional echocardiography

    The feasibility, safety and diagnostic accuracy of single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) with thallium-201 imaging during adenosine-induced coronary hyperemia were evaluated in 53 patients with and 7 without coronary artery disease proved by coronary angiography. Adenosine was infused intravenously at a dose of 0.14 mg/kg body weight per min for 6 min and thallium was injected at 3 min. Adenosine caused an increase in heart rate (68 +/- 12 at baseline versus 87 +/- 18 beats/min at peak effect, p less than 0.0001) but no change in blood pressure. The sensitivity and specificity were 92% (95% confidence intervals 81% to 98%) and 100% (95% confidence intervals 59% to 100%), respectively; 20 (61%) of 33 patients with multivessel coronary artery disease were also correctly identified. In 30 patients, the predictive accuracy of adenosine thallium imaging was slightly higher than that of exercise SPECT thallium imaging (90% versus 80%, p = NS) (95% confidence intervals 72% to 97% and 61% to 92%, respectively). In 25 patients, two-dimensional echocardiography during adenosine infusion disclosed a new wall motion abnormality in 2 (10%) of 20 patients with coronary artery disease; 80% of these patients had reversible thallium defects (p less than 0.001). Side effects were mild and transient; aminophylline was used in only three patients. Thus, adenosine SPECT thallium imaging provides a high degree of accuracy in the diagnosis of coronary artery disease. The results are comparable with those of exercise SPECT thallium imaging. Most reversible defects in the adenosine study are not associated with any transient wall motion abnormality

  3. Evaluation of coronary artery disease using myocardial thallium-201 imaging with single photon emission computed tomography during adenosine induced coronary vasodilation

    Adenosine-loaded Tl-201 myocardial SPECT was performed in consecutive 55 patients with suspected ischemic heart disease. Among these patients, 22 had cuncurrently exercise Tl-201 myocardial SPECT imaging for comparison. Adenosine was intravenously injected at a dose of 0.14 mg/kg/min continuously for 6 min, and 3 min after the stard of injection Tl-201 was injected via the different vein. Myocardial SPECT images were acquired at 5 min and 3 hr after the completion of intravenous injection of adenosine. Perfusion defect and the presence or absence of redistribution (RD) were visually interpreted from the short- and long-axial tomograms. Relative Tl-201 regional uptake ratios were quantitatively determined. Decreased systolic arterial pressure, increased heart rate, and slightly increased rate-pressure product were observed with adenosine injection. Chest pain (13 patients), head-ache (7), ST depression (17), and A-V block II were also seen; however, these symptoms rapidly disappeared with the withdrawal of adenosine. The findings by adenosine loading were concordent with those by exercise loading (91% for perfusion defect and 86% for presence or absence of RD). According to segments, both loading tests were concordent in 90% for persusion and 89% for RD. Both adenosine- and exercise-loaded imagings correlated well with regional Tl uptake by segements, the lowest value of Tl-201 defect, and extent score of Tl-201 defect. Adenosine-loaded imaging had a sensitivity of 100%, a specificity of 88%, and an accuracy of 97% for detecting parenchymal coronary lesions in evaluable 39 patients. In evaluable 22 patients, the sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy were 100%, 83%, and 95% for adenosine-loaded imaging and 88%, 83%, and 86% for exercise-loaded imaging. Thus, adenosine-loaded Tl-201 myocardial SPECT may be a safety and useful method for diagnosing ischemic heart disease. (N.K.)

  4. Single-photon imaging

    Seitz, Peter

    2011-01-01

    The acquisition and interpretation of images is a central capability in almost all scientific and technological domains. In particular, the acquisition of electromagnetic radiation, in the form of visible light, UV, infrared, X-ray, etc. is of enormous practical importance. The ultimate sensitivity in electronic imaging is the detection of individual photons. With this book, the first comprehensive review of all aspects of single-photon electronic imaging has been created. Topics include theoretical basics, semiconductor fabrication, single-photon detection principles, imager design and applications of different spectral domains. Today, the solid-state fabrication capabilities for several types of image sensors has advanced to a point, where uncoooled single-photon electronic imaging will soon become a consumer product. This book is giving a specialist´s view from different domains to the forthcoming “single-photon imaging” revolution. The various aspects of single-photon imaging are treated by internati...

  5. Single photon quantum cryptography

    Beveratos, Alexios; Brouri, Rosa; Gacoin, Thierry; Villing, André; Poizat, Jean-Philippe; Grangier, Philippe

    2002-01-01

    We report the full implementation of a quantum cryptography protocol using a stream of single photon pulses generated by a stable and efficient source operating at room temperature. The single photon pulses are emitted on demand by a single nitrogen-vacancy (NV) color center in a diamond nanocrystal. The quantum bit error rate is less that 4.6% and the secure bit rate is 9500 bits/s. The overall performances of our system reaches a domain where single photons have a measurable advantage over ...

  6. Single-photon imaging

    The acquisition and interpretation of images is a central capability in almost all scientific and technological domains. In particular, the acquisition of electromagnetic radiation, in the form of visible light, UV, infrared, X-ray, etc. is of enormous practical importance. The ultimate sensitivity in electronic imaging is the detection of individual photons. With this book, the first comprehensive review of all aspects of single-photon electronic imaging has been created. Topics include theoretical basics, semiconductor fabrication, single-photon detection principles, imager design and applications of different spectral domains. Today, the solid-state fabrication capabilities for several types of image sensors has advanced to a point, where uncooled single-photon electronic imaging will soon become a consumer product. This book is giving a specialist's view from different domains to the forthcoming ''single-photon imaging'' revolution. The various aspects of single-photon imaging are treated by internationally renowned, leading scientists and technologists who have all pioneered their respective fields. (orig.)

  7. Single photons on demand

    Quantum cryptography and information processing are set to benefit from developments in novel light sources that can emit photons one by one. Quantum mechanics has gained a reputation for making counter-intuitive predictions. But we rarely get the chance to witness these effects directly because, being humans, we are simply too big. Take light, for example. The light sources that are familiar to us, such as those used in lighting and imaging or in CD and DVD players, are so huge that they emit billions and billions of photons. But what if there was a light source that emitted just one photon at a time? Over the past few years, new types of light source that are able to emit photons one by one have been emerging from laboratories around the world. Pulses of light composed of a single photon correspond to power flows in the femtowatt range - a million billion times less than that of a table lamp. The driving force behind the development of these single-photon sources is a range of novel applications that take advantage of the quantum nature of light. Quantum states of superposed and entangled photons could lead the way to guaranteed-secure communication, to information processing with unprecedented speed and efficiency, and to new schemes for quantum teleportation. (U.K.)

  8. Single-photon quadratic optomechanics

    Jie-Qiao Liao; Franco Nori

    2013-01-01

    We present exact analytical solutions to study the coherent interaction between a single photon and the mechanical motion of a membrane in quadratic optomechanics. We consider single-photon emission and scattering when the photon is initially inside the cavity and in the fields outside the cavity, respectively. Using our solutions, we calculate the single-photon emission and scattering spectra, and find relations between the spectral features and the system's inherent parameters, such as: the...

  9. Nonlinear interaction between single photons.

    Guerreiro, T; Martin, A; Sanguinetti, B; Pelc, J S; Langrock, C; Fejer, M M; Gisin, N; Zbinden, H; Sangouard, N; Thew, R T

    2014-10-24

    Harnessing nonlinearities strong enough to allow single photons to interact with one another is not only a fascinating challenge but also central to numerous advanced applications in quantum information science. Here we report the nonlinear interaction between two single photons. Each photon is generated in independent parametric down-conversion sources. They are subsequently combined in a nonlinear waveguide where they are converted into a single photon of higher energy by the process of sum-frequency generation. Our approach results in the direct generation of photon triplets. More generally, it highlights the potential for quantum nonlinear optics with integrated devices and, as the photons are at telecom wavelengths, it opens the way towards novel applications in quantum communication such as device-independent quantum key distribution. PMID:25379916

  10. Ramsey interference with single photons

    Clemmen, Stéphane; Ramelow, Sven; Gaeta, Alexander L

    2016-01-01

    Interferometry using discrete energy levels in nuclear, atomic or molecular systems is the foundation for a wide range of physical phenomena and enables powerful techniques such as nuclear magnetic resonance, electron spin resonance, Ramsey-based spectroscopy and laser/maser technology. It also plays a unique role in quantum information processing as qubits are realized as energy superposition states of single quantum systems. Here, we demonstrate quantum interference of different energy states of single quanta of light in full analogy to energy levels of atoms or nuclear spins and implement a Ramsey interferometer with single photons. We experimentally generate energy superposition states of a single photon and manipulate them with unitary transformations to realize arbitrary projective measurements, which allows for the realization a high-visibility single-photon Ramsey interferometer. Our approach opens the path for frequency-encoded photonic qubits in quantum information processing and quantum communicati...

  11. Single-photon decision maker

    Makoto Naruse; Martin Berthel; Aurélien Drezet; Serge Huant; Masashi Aono; Hirokazu Hori; Song-Ju Kim

    2015-01-01

    Decision making is critical in our daily lives and for society in general and is finding evermore practical applications in information and communication technologies. Herein, we demonstrate experimentally that single photons can be used to make decisions in uncertain, dynamically changing environments. Using a nitrogen-vacancy in a nanodiamond as a single-photon source, we demonstrate the decision-making capability by solving the multi-armed bandit problem. This capability is directly and im...

  12. Single-photon Sagnac interferometer

    Bertocchi, Guillaume; Alibart, Olivier; Ostrowsky, Daniel Barry; Tanzilli, Sébastien; Baldi, Pascal

    2006-01-01

    We present the first experimental demonstration of the optical Sagnac effect at the single-photon level. Using a high quality guided-wave heralded single- photon source at 1550 nm and a fibre optics setup, we obtain an interference pattern with net visibilities up to (99.2 $\\pm$ 0.4%). On the basis of this high visibility and the compactness of the setup, the interest of such a system for fibre optics gyroscope is discussed.

  13. Single photon from a single trapped atom

    Full text: A quantum treatment of the interaction between atoms and light usually begins with the simplest model system: a two-level atom interacting with a monochromatic light wave. Here we demonstrate an elegant experimental realization of this system using an optically trapped single rubidium atom illuminated by resonant light pulses. We observe Rabi oscillations, and show that this system can be used as a highly efficient triggered source of single photons with a well-defined polarisation. In contrast to other sources based on neutral atoms and trapped ions, no optical cavity is required. We achieved a flux of single photons of about 104 s-1 at the detector, and observe complete antibunching. This source has potential applications for distributed atom-atom entanglement using single photons. (author)

  14. Spectral compression of single photons

    Lavoie, Jonathan; Wright, Logan G; Fedrizzi, Alessandro; Resch, Kevin J

    2013-01-01

    Photons are critical to quantum technologies since they can be used for virtually all quantum information tasks: in quantum metrology, as the information carrier in photonic quantum computation, as a mediator in hybrid systems, and to establish long distance networks. The physical characteristics of photons in these applications differ drastically; spectral bandwidths span 12 orders of magnitude from 50 THz for quantum-optical coherence tomography to 50 Hz for certain quantum memories. Combining these technologies requires coherent interfaces that reversibly map centre frequencies and bandwidths of photons to avoid excessive loss. Here we demonstrate bandwidth compression of single photons by a factor 40 and tunability over a range 70 times that bandwidth via sum-frequency generation with chirped laser pulses. This constitutes a time-to-frequency interface for light capable of converting time-bin to colour entanglement and enables ultrafast timing measurements. It is a step toward arbitrary waveform generatio...

  15. Single-photon decision maker

    Naruse, Makoto; Berthel, Martin; Drezet, Aurélien; Huant, Serge; Aono, Masashi; Hori, Hirokazu; Kim, Song-Ju

    2015-08-01

    Decision making is critical in our daily lives and for society in general and is finding evermore practical applications in information and communication technologies. Herein, we demonstrate experimentally that single photons can be used to make decisions in uncertain, dynamically changing environments. Using a nitrogen-vacancy in a nanodiamond as a single-photon source, we demonstrate the decision-making capability by solving the multi-armed bandit problem. This capability is directly and immediately associated with single-photon detection in the proposed architecture, leading to adequate and adaptive autonomous decision making. This study makes it possible to create systems that benefit from the quantum nature of light to perform practical and vital intelligent functions.

  16. Photon Statistics of Single-Photon Quantum States in Real Single Photon Detection

    李刚; 李园; 王军民; 彭堃墀; 张天才

    2004-01-01

    @@ Single photon detection (SPD) with high quantum efficiency has been widely used for measurement of different quantum states with different photon distributions.Based on the direct single SPD and double-SPD of HBT configuration, we discuss the effect of a real SPD on the photon statistics measurement and it shows that the measured photon distributions for different quantum states are corrected in different forms.The results are confirmed by experiment with the strongly attenuated coherent light and thermal light.This system can be used to characterize the photon statistics of the fluorescence light from single atom or single molecular.

  17. Single photon and nonlocality

    Aurelien Drezet

    2007-03-01

    In a paper by Home and Agarwal [1], it is claimed that quantum nonlocality can be revealed in a simple interferometry experiment using only single particles. A critical analysis of the concept of hidden variable used by the authors of [1] shows that the reasoning is not correct.

  18. High brightness single photon sources based on photonic wires

    Claudon, J.; Bleuse, J.; Bazin, M.;

    2009-01-01

    We present a novel single-photon-source based on the emission of a semiconductor quantum dot embedded in a single-mode photonic wire. This geometry ensures a very large coupling (> 95%) of the spontaneous emission to the guided mode. Numerical simulations show that a photon collection efficiency as...

  19. Teleportation using squeezed single photons

    Branczyk, Agata M.; Ralph, T. C.

    2008-01-01

    We present an analysis of squeezed single photon states as a resource for teleportation of coherent state qubits and propose proof-of-principle experiments for the demonstration of coherent state teleportation and entanglement swapping. We include an analysis of the squeezed vacuum as a simpler approximation to small-amplitude cat states. We also investigate the effects of imperfect sources and inefficient detection on the proposed experiments.

  20. Photonic wires and trumpets for ultrabright single photon sources

    Gérard, Jean-Michel; Claudon, Julien; Bleuse, Joël;

    2013-01-01

    Photonic wires have recently demonstrated very attractive assets in the field of high-efficiency single photon sources. After presenting the basics of spontaneous emission control in photonic wires, we compare the two possible tapering strategies that can be applied to their output end so as to...... tailor their radiation diagram in the far-field. We highlight the novel “photonic trumpet” geometry, which provides a clean Gaussian beam, and is much less sensitive to fabrication imperfections than the more common needle-like taper geometry. S4Ps based on a single QD in a PW with integrated bottom...... mirror and tapered tip display jointly a record-high efficiency (0.75±0.1 photon per pulse) and excellent single photon purity. Beyond single photon sources, photonic wires and trumpets appear as a very attractive resource for solid-state quantum optics experiments....

  1. Engineered Quantum Dot Single Photon Sources

    Buckley, Sonia; Vuckovic, Jelena

    2012-01-01

    Fast, high efficiency, and low error single photon sources are required for implementation of a number of quantum information processing applications. The fastest triggered single photon sources to date have been demonstrated using epitaxially grown semiconductor quantum dots (QDs), which can be conveniently integrated with optical microcavities. Recent advances in QD technology, including demonstrations of high temperature and telecommunications wavelength single photon emission, have made QD single photon sources more practical. Here we discuss the applications of single photon sources and their various requirements, before reviewing the progress made on a quantum dot platform in meeting these requirements.

  2. Improved photon counting efficiency calibration using superconducting single photon detectors

    Gan, Haiyong; Xu, Nan; Li, Jianwei; Sun, Ruoduan; Feng, Guojin; Wang, Yanfei; Ma, Chong; Lin, Yandong; Zhang, Labao; Kang, Lin; Chen, Jian; Wu, Peiheng

    2015-10-01

    The quantum efficiency of photon counters can be measured with standard uncertainty below 1% level using correlated photon pairs generated through spontaneous parametric down-conversion process. Normally a laser in UV, blue or green wavelength range with sufficient photon energy is applied to produce energy and momentum conserved photon pairs in two channels with desired wavelengths for calibration. One channel is used as the heralding trigger, and the other is used for the calibration of the detector under test. A superconducting nanowire single photon detector with advantages such as high photon counting speed (responsivity (UV to near infrared) is used as the trigger detector, enabling correlated photons calibration capabilities into shortwave visible range. For a 355nm single longitudinal mode pump laser, when a superconducting nanowire single photon detector is used as the trigger detector at 1064nm and 1560nm in the near infrared range, the photon counting efficiency calibration capabilities can be realized at 532nm and 460nm. The quantum efficiency measurement on photon counters such as photomultiplier tubes and avalanche photodiodes can be then further extended in a wide wavelength range (e.g. 400-1000nm) using a flat spectral photon flux source to meet the calibration demands in cutting edge low light applications such as time resolved fluorescence and nonlinear optical spectroscopy, super resolution microscopy, deep space observation, and so on.

  3. Single photon emission computerized tomography

    In this thesis two single-photon emission tomographic techniques are presented: (a) longitudinal tomography with a rotating slanting-hole collimator, and (b) transversal tomography with a rotating gamma camera. These methods overcome the disadvantages of conventional scintigraphy. Both detection systems and the image construction methods are explained and comparisons with conventional scintigraphy are drawn. One chapter is dedicated to the determination of system parameters like spatial resolution, contrast, detector uniformity, and size of the object, by phantom studies. In separate chapters the results are presented of detection of tumors and metastases in the liver and the liver hilus; skeletal diseases; various pathological aberrations of the brain; and myocardial perfusion. The possible use of these two ect's for other organs and body areas is discussed in the last chapter. (Auth.)

  4. Single photon response of photomultiplier tubes

    Beta or gamma rays, when directly incident on the window of an optically shielded photomultiplier tube, yield a typical single photon spectrum. The single photons are possibly generated in the glass window of the photomultiplier tube through excitation of atoms in glass by electrons. The coincidence resolving time has also been measured with a 60Co gamma source and a pair of optically shielded photomultiplier tubes detecting single photons. (orig.)

  5. Photon statistics characterization of a single photon source

    Alleaume, Romain; Treussart, Francois; Courty, Jean-Michel; Roch, Jean-Francois

    2003-01-01

    n a recent experiment, we reported the time-domain intensity noise measurement of a single photon source relying on single molecule fluorescence control. In this article we present data processing, starting from photocount timestamps. The theoretical analytical expression of the time-dependent Mandel parameter Q(T) of an intermittent single photon source is derived from ONOFF dynamics . Finally, source intensity noise analysis using the Mandel parameter is quantitatively compared to the usual...

  6. Continuous variable teleportation of single photon states

    Ide, Toshiki; Hofmann, Holger Friedrich; Kobayashi, Takayoshi; Furusawa, Akira

    2001-01-01

    The properties of continuous-variable teleportation of single-photon states are investigated. The output state is different from the input state due to the nonmaximal entanglement in the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen beams. The photon statistics of the teleportation output are determined and the correlation between the field information b obtained in the teleportation process and the change in photon number is discussed. The results of the output photon statistics are applied to the transmission of...

  7. Optimized Heralding Schemes for Single Photons

    Huang, Yu-Ping; Kumar, Prem

    2011-01-01

    A major obstacle to a practical, heralded source of single photons is the fundamental trade-off between high heralding efficiency and high production rate. To overcome this difficulty, we propose applying sequential spectral and temporal filtering on the signal photons before they are detected for heralding. Based on a multimode theory that takes into account the effect of simultaneous multiple photon-pair emission, we find that these filters can be optimized to yield both a high heralding efficiency and a high production rate. While the optimization conditions vary depending on the underlying photon-pair spectral correlations, all correlation profiles can lead to similarly high performance levels when optimized filters are employed. This suggests that a better strategy for improving the performance of heralded single-photon sources is to adopt an appropriate measurement scheme for the signal photons, rather than tailoring the properties of the photon-pair generation medium.

  8. Single-photon emission tomography.

    Goffin, Karolien; van Laere, Koen

    2016-01-01

    Single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) is a functional nuclear imaging technique that allows visualization and quantification of different in vivo physiologic and pathologic features of brain neurobiology. It has been used for many years in diagnosis of several neurologic and psychiatric disorders. In this chapter, we discuss the current state-of-the-art of SPECT imaging of brain perfusion and dopamine transporter (DAT) imaging. Brain perfusion SPECT imaging plays an important role in the localization of the seizure onset zone in patients with refractory epilepsy. In cerebrovascular disease, it can be useful in determining the cerebrovascular reserve. After traumatic brain injury, SPECT has shown perfusion abnormalities despite normal morphology. In the context of organ donation, the diagnosis of brain death can be made with high accuracy. In neurodegeneration, while amyloid or (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) are the nuclear diagnostic tools of preference for early and differential diagnosis of dementia, perfusion SPECT imaging can be useful, albeit with slightly lower accuracy. SPECT imaging of the dopamine transporter system is widely available in Europe and Asia, but since recently also in the USA, and has been accepted as an important diagnostic tool in the early and differential diagnosis of parkinsonism in patients with unclear clinical features. The combination of perfusion SPECT (or FDG-PET) and DAT imaging provides differential diagnosis between idiopathic Parkinson's disease, Parkinson-plus syndromes, dementia with Lewy bodies, and essential tremor. PMID:27432669

  9. What are single photons good for?

    Sangouard, Nicolas; Zbinden, Hugo

    2012-10-01

    In a long-held preconception, photons play a central role in present-day quantum technologies. But what are sources producing photons one by one good for precisely? Well, in opposition to what many suggest, we show that single-photon sources are not helpful for point to point quantum key distribution because faint laser pulses do the job comfortably. However, there is no doubt about the usefulness of sources producing single photons for future quantum technologies. In particular, we show how single-photon sources could become the seed of a revolution in the framework of quantum communication, making the security of quantum key distribution device-independent or extending quantum communication over many hundreds of kilometers. Hopefully, these promising applications will provide a guideline for researchers to develop more and more efficient sources, producing narrowband, pure and indistinguishable photons at appropriate wavelengths.

  10. What are single photons good for?

    Sangouard, Nicolas

    2012-01-01

    In a long-held preconception, photons play a central role in present-day quantum technologies. But what are sources producing photons one by one good for precisely? Well, in opposition to what many suggest, we show that single-photon sources are not helpful for point to point quantum key distribution because faint laser pulses do the job comfortably. However, there is no doubt about the usefulness of sources producing single photons for future quantum technologies. In particular, we show how single-photon sources could become the seed of a revolution in the framework of quantum communication, making the security of quantum key distribution device independent or extending quantum communication over many hundreds of kilometers. Hopefully, these promising applications will provide a guideline for researchers to develop more and more efficient sources, producing narrowband, pure and indistinguishable photons at appropriate wavelengths.

  11. Hybrid photonic circuit for multiplexed heralded single photons

    Meany, Thomas; Collins, Matthew J; Clark, Alex S; Williams, Robert J; Eggleton, Benjamin J; Steel, M J; Withford, Michael J; Alibart, Olivier; Tanzilli, Sébastien

    2014-01-01

    A key resource for quantum optics experiments is an on-demand source of single and multiple photon states at telecommunication wavelengths. This letter presents a heralded single photon source based on a hybrid technology approach, combining high efficiency periodically poled lithium niobate waveguides, low-loss laser inscribed circuits, and fast (>1 MHz) fibre coupled electro-optic switches. Hybrid interfacing different platforms is a promising route to exploiting the advantages of existing technology and has permitted the demonstration of the multiplexing of four identical sources of single photons to one output. Since this is an integrated technology, it provides scalability and can immediately leverage any improvements in transmission, detection and photon production efficiencies.

  12. Interfacing superconducting qubits and single optical photons

    Das, Sumanta; Sørensen, Anders S

    2016-01-01

    We propose an efficient light-matter interface at optical frequencies between a superconducting qubit and a single photon. The desired interface is based on a hybrid architecture composed of an organic molecule embedded inside an optical waveguide and electrically coupled to a superconducting qubit far from the optical axis. We show that high fidelity, photon-mediated, entanglement between distant superconducting qubits can be achieved with incident pulses at the single photon level. Such low light level is highly sought for to overcome the decoherence of the superconducting qubit caused by absorption of optical photons.

  13. Single-photon spectroscopy of a single molecule

    Rezus, Y L A; Lettow, R; Renn, A; Zumofen, G; Goetzinger, S; Sandoghdar, V

    2011-01-01

    Exploring the interaction of light and matter at the ultimate limit of single photons and single emitters is of great interest both from a fundamental point of view and for emerging applications in quantum engineering. However, the difficulty of generating single photons with specific wavelengths, bandwidths and brightness as well as the weak interaction probability of a single photon with an optical emitter pose a formidable challenge toward this goal. Here, we demonstrate a general approach based on the creation of single photons from a single emitter and their use for performing spectroscopy on a second emitter situated at a distance. Although we used organic molecules as emitters, our strategy is readily extendable to other material systems such as quantum dots and color centers. Our work ushers in a new line of experiments that provide access to the coherent and nonlinear couplings of few emitters and few propagating photons.

  14. The Single-Photon Router

    Hoi, Io-Chun; Wilson, C. M.; Johansson, Göran; Palomaki, Tauno; Peropadre, Borja; Delsing, Per

    2011-01-01

    We have embedded an artificial atom, a superconducting "transmon" qubit, in an open transmission line and investigated the strong scattering of incident microwave photons ($\\sim6$ GHz). When an input coherent state, with an average photon number $N\\ll1$ is on resonance with the artificial atom, we observe extinction of up to 90% in the forward propagating field. We use two-tone spectroscopy to study scattering from excited states and we observe electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT). ...

  15. Photon statistics characterization of a single-photon source

    In a recent experiment, we reported the time-domain intensity noise measurement of a single-photon source relying on single-molecule fluorescence control. In this paper, we present data processing starting from photocount timestamps. The theoretical analytical expression of the time-dependent Mandel parameter Q(T) of an intermittent single-photon source is derived from ON↔OFF dynamics. Finally, source intensity noise analysis, using the Mandel parameter, is quantitatively compared with the usual approach relying on the time autocorrelation function, both methods yielding the same molecular dynamical parameters

  16. Superconducting Nanowire Single Photon Detector on Diamond

    Atikian, Haig A; Salim, A Jafari; Burek, Michael J; Choy, Jennifer T; Majedi, A Hamed; Loncar, Marko

    2014-01-01

    Superconducting nanowire single photon detectors (SNSPDs) are fabricated directly on diamond substrates and their optical and electrical properties are characterized. Dark count performance and photon count rates are measured at varying temperatures for 1310nm and 632nm photons. The procedure to prepare diamond substrate surfaces suitable for the deposition and patterning of thin film superconducting layers is reported. Using this approach, diamond substrates with less than 300pm RMS surface roughness are obtained.

  17. Computational Modeling of Photonic Crystal Microcavity Single-Photon Emitters

    Saulnier, Nicole A.

    Conventional cryptography is based on algorithms that are mathematically complex and difficult to solve, such as factoring large numbers. The advent of a quantum computer would render these schemes useless. As scientists work to develop a quantum computer, cryptographers are developing new schemes for unconditionally secure cryptography. Quantum key distribution has emerged as one of the potential replacements of classical cryptography. It relics on the fact that measurement of a quantum bit changes the state of the bit and undetected eavesdropping is impossible. Single polarized photons can be used as the quantum bits, such that a quantum system would in some ways mirror the classical communication scheme. The quantum key distribution system would include components that create, transmit and detect single polarized photons. The focus of this work is on the development of an efficient single-photon source. This source is comprised of a single quantum dot inside of a photonic crystal microcavity. To better understand the physics behind the device, a computational model is developed. The model uses Finite-Difference Time-Domain methods to analyze the electromagnetic field distribution in photonic crystal microcavities. It uses an 8-band k · p perturbation theory to compute the energy band structure of the epitaxially grown quantum dots. We discuss a method that combines the results of these two calculations for determining the spontaneous emission lifetime of a quantum dot in bulk material or in a microcavity. The computational models developed in this thesis are used to identify and characterize microcavities for potential use in a single-photon source. The computational tools developed are also used to investigate novel photonic crystal microcavities that incorporate 1D distributed Bragg reflectors for vertical confinement. It is found that the spontaneous emission enhancement in the quasi-3D cavities can be significantly greater than in traditional suspended slab

  18. Superconducting nanowire single-photon imager

    Zhao, Qing-Yuan; Calandri, Niccolò; Dane, Andrew E; McCaughan, Adam N; Bellei, Francesco; Wang, Hao-Zhu; Santavicca, Daniel F; Berggren, Karl K

    2016-01-01

    Detecting spatial and temporal information of individual photons is a crucial technology in today's quantum information science. Among the existing single-photon detectors, superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors (SNSPDs) have been demonstrated with a sub-50 ps timing jitter, near unity detection efficiency1, wide response spectrum from visible to infrared and ~10 ns reset time. However, to gain spatial sensitivity, multiple SNSPDs have to be integrated into an array, whose spatial and temporal resolutions are limited by the multiplexing circuit. Here, we add spatial sensitivity to a single nanowire while preserving the temporal resolution from an SNSPD, thereby turning an SNSPD into a superconducting nanowire single-photon imager (SNSPI). To achieve an SNSPI, we modify a nanowire's electrical behavior from a lumped inductor to a transmission line, where the signal velocity is slowed down to 0.02c (where c is the speed of light). Consequently, we are able to simultaneously read out the landing locati...

  19. Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT)

    ... Tools & Resources Stroke More Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT) Updated:Sep 11,2015 What is a ... Heart Attack Myocardial Perfusion Imaging (MPI) Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Radionuclide Ventriculography, Radionuclide Angiography, MUGA Scan Heart ...

  20. Bright Single Photon Emitter in Silicon Carbide

    Lienhard, Benjamin; Schroeder, Tim; Mouradian, Sara; Dolde, Florian; Trong Tran, Toan; Aharonovich, Igor; Englund, Dirk

    Efficient, on-demand, and robust single photon emitters are of central importance to many areas of quantum information processing. Over the past 10 years, color centers in solids have emerged as excellent single photon emitters. Color centers in diamond are among the most intensively studied single photon emitters, but recently silicon carbide (SiC) has also been demonstrated to be an excellent host material. In contrast to diamond, SiC is a technologically important material that is widely used in optoelectronics, high power electronics, and microelectromechanical systems. It is commercially available in sizes up to 6 inches and processes for device engineering are well developed. We report on a visible-spectrum single photon emitter in 4H-SiC. The emitter is photostable at both room and low temperatures, and it enables 2 million photons/second from unpatterned bulk SiC. We observe two classes of orthogonally polarized emitters, each of which has parallel absorption and emission dipole orientations. Low temperature measurements reveal a narrow zero phonon line with linewidth < 0.1 nm that accounts for more than 30% of the total photoluminescence spectrum. To our knowledge, this SiC color emitter is the brightest stable room-temperature single photon emitter ever observed.

  1. Simple microcavity for single-photon generation.

    Plakhotnik, Taras

    2005-04-18

    A new design of an optical resonator for generation of single-photon pulses is proposed. The resonator is made of a cylindrical or spherical piece of a polymer squeezed between two flat dielectric mirrors. The mode characteristics of this resonator are calculated numerically. The numerical analysis is backed by a physical explanation. The decay time and the mode volume of the fundamental mode are sufficient for achieving more than 96% probability of generating a single-photon in a single-mode. The corresponding requirement for the reflectivity of the mirrors (~99.9%) and the losses in the polymer (100 dB/m) are quite modest. The resonator is suitable for single-photon generation based on optical pumping of a single quantum system such as an organic molecule, a diamond nanocrystal, or a semiconductor quantum dot if they are imbedded in the polymer. PMID:19495201

  2. Photon statistics measurement by use of single photon detection

    XIAO Liantuan; JIANG Yuqiang; ZHAO Yanting; YIN Wangbao; ZHAO Jianming; JIA Suotang

    2004-01-01

    The direct measurement of the Mandel para- meter of weak laser pulses, with 10 ns pulse duration time and the mean number of photon per pulsebeing approximately 0.1, is investigated by recording every photocount event. With the Hanbury Brown and Twiss detection scheme, and not more than one photon per pulse being detected during the sample time by single-photon counters, we have found that the single mode diode laser with driving current lower than the threshold yields a sub-Poissonian statistics. In addition, when the diode laser driving current is much higher than the threshold, it is validated that the Mandel parameter QC of the Poissonian coherent state is nearly The experimental results are in good agreement with theoretical prediction considering the measurement error.

  3. Measurement of Ultra-Short Single-Photon Pulse Duration with Two-Photon Interference

    LV Fan; SUN Fang-Wen; ZOU Chang-Ling; HAN Zheng-Fu; GUO Guang-Can

    2011-01-01

    We proposed a protocol of measuring the duration of ultra-short single-photon pulse with two-photon interference.The pulse duration can be obtained from the width of the visibility of two-photon Hong-Ou-Mandel interference or the indistinguishability of the two photons. Moreover, the shape of a single-photon pulse can be measured with ultra-short single-photon pulses through the two-photon interference.%@@ We proposed a protocol of measuring the duration of ultra-short single-photon pulse with two-photon interference.The pulse duration can be obtained from the width of the visibility of two-photon Hong-Ou-Mandel interference or the indistinguishability of the two photons.Moreover, the shape of a single-photon pulse can be measured with ultra-short single-photon pulses through the two-photon interference.

  4. Superconducting nanowire single photon detector on diamond

    Superconducting nanowire single photon detectors are fabricated directly on diamond substrates and their optical and electrical properties are characterized. Dark count performance and photon count rates are measured at varying temperatures for 1310 nm and 632 nm photons. A multi-step diamond surface polishing procedure is reported, involving iterative reactive ion etching and mechanical polishing to create a suitable diamond surface for the deposition and patterning of thin film superconducting layers. Using this approach, diamond substrates with less than 300 pm Root Mean Square surface roughness are obtained

  5. Superconducting nanowire single photon detector on diamond

    Atikian, Haig A.; Burek, Michael J.; Choy, Jennifer T.; Lončar, Marko, E-mail: loncar@seas.harvard.edu [School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, 33 Oxford Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 (United States); Eftekharian, Amin; Jafari Salim, A.; Hamed Majedi, A. [University of Waterloo, 200 University Ave West, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1 (Canada); Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo, 200 University Ave West, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1 (Canada)

    2014-03-24

    Superconducting nanowire single photon detectors are fabricated directly on diamond substrates and their optical and electrical properties are characterized. Dark count performance and photon count rates are measured at varying temperatures for 1310 nm and 632 nm photons. A multi-step diamond surface polishing procedure is reported, involving iterative reactive ion etching and mechanical polishing to create a suitable diamond surface for the deposition and patterning of thin film superconducting layers. Using this approach, diamond substrates with less than 300 pm Root Mean Square surface roughness are obtained.

  6. Gated Mode Superconducting Nanowire Single Photon Detectors

    Akhlaghi, Mohsen K

    2011-01-01

    Single Photon Detectors (SPD) are fundamental to quantum optics and quantum information. Superconducting Nanowire SPDs (SNSPD) [1] provide high performance in terms of quantum efficiency (QE), dark count rate (DCR) and timing jitter [2], but have limited maximum count rate (MCR) when operated as a free-running mode (FM) detector [3, 4]. However, high count rates are needed for many applications like quantum computing [5] and communication [6], and laser ranging [7]. Here we report the first operation of SNSPDs in a gated mode (GM) that exploits a single photon triggered latching phenomenon to detect photons. We demonstrate operation of a large active area single element GM-SNSPD at 625MHz, one order of magnitude faster than its FM counterpart. Contrary to FM-SNSPDs, the MCR in GM can be pushed to GHz range without a compromise on the active area or QE, while reducing the DCR.

  7. Multidimensional time-correlated single photon counting

    Becker, Wolfgang; Bergmann, Axel

    2006-10-01

    Time-correlated single photon counting (TCSPC) is based on the detection of single photons of a periodic light signal, measurement of the detection time of the photons, and the build-up of the photon distribution versus the time in the signal period. TCSPC achieves a near ideal counting efficiency and transit-time-spread-limited time resolution for a given detector. The drawback of traditional TCSPC is the low count rate, long acquisition time, and the fact that the technique is one-dimensional, i.e. limited to the recording of the pulse shape of light signals. We present an advanced TCSPC technique featuring multi-dimensional photon acquisition and a count rate close to the capability of currently available detectors. The technique is able to acquire photon distributions versus wavelength, spatial coordinates, and the time on the ps scale, and to record fast changes in the fluorescence lifetime and fluorescence intensity of a sample. Biomedical applications of advanced TCSPC techniques are time-domain optical tomography, recording of transient phenomena in biological systems, spectrally resolved fluorescence lifetime imaging, FRET experiments in living cells, and the investigation of dye-protein complexes by fluorescence correlation spectroscopy. We demonstrate the potential of the technique for selected applications.

  8. Quantum Information Processing with Single Photons

    Lim, Y L

    2005-01-01

    Photons are natural carriers of quantum information due to their ease of distribution and long lifetime. This thesis concerns various related aspects of quantum information processing with single photons. Firstly, we demonstrate N-photon entanglement generation through a generalised N X N symmetric beam splitter known as the Bell multiport. A wide variety of 4-photon entangled states as well as the N-photon W-state can be generated with an unexpected non-monotonic decreasing probability of success with N. We also show how the same setup can be used to generate multiatom entanglement. A further study of multiports also leads us to a multiparticle generalisation of the Hong-Ou-Mandel dip which holds for all Bell multiports of even number of input ports. Next, we demonstrate a generalised linear optics based photon filter that has a constant success probability regardless of the number of photons involved. This filter has the highest reported success probability and is interferometrically robust. Finally, we dem...

  9. Transform-limited single photons from a single quantum dot

    Kuhlmann, Andreas V.; Prechtel, Jonathan H.; Houel, Julien; Ludwig, Arne; Reuter, Dirk; Wieck, Andreas D.; Warburton, Richard J.

    2015-09-01

    Developing a quantum photonics network requires a source of very-high-fidelity single photons. An outstanding challenge is to produce a transform-limited single-photon emitter to guarantee that single photons emitted far apart in the time domain are truly indistinguishable. This is particularly difficult in the solid-state as the complex environment is the source of noise over a wide bandwidth. A quantum dot is a robust, fast, bright and narrow-linewidth emitter of single photons; layer-by-layer growth and subsequent nano-fabrication allow the electronic and photonic states to be engineered. This represents a set of features not shared by any other emitter but transform-limited linewidths have been elusive. Here, we report transform-limited linewidths measured on second timescales, primarily on the neutral exciton but also on the charged exciton close to saturation. The key feature is control of the nuclear spins, which dominate the exciton dephasing via the Overhauser field.

  10. Single perylene diimide dendrimers as single-photon sources

    Single-molecule fluorescence spectroscopy was performed on a number of perylene diimide multichromophores with different dendritic geometries, with the particular goal of characterizing their performance as single-photon sources at room temperature. The quality of the different perylene diimide-containing dendrimers as single-photon sources was evaluated by determining the Mandel parameter. Values similar to ones reported previously for perylene monoimide dendrimers were found. The different arrangements of the chromophores in the different dendrimers do not noticeably affect their efficiency as single-photon emitters. Due to the formation of oxygen-enhanced long dark states, anaerobic conditions are found to be the best for optimizing their performance, which is in contrast with the case for perylene monoimide containing dendrimers

  11. Single Photon Experiments and Quantum Complementarity

    Georgiev D. D.

    2007-04-01

    Full Text Available Single photon experiments have been used as one of the most striking illustrations of the apparently nonclassical nature of the quantum world. In this review we examine the mathematical basis of the principle of complementarity and explain why the Englert-Greenberger duality relation is not violated in the configurations of Unruh and of Afshar.

  12. Interactive Screen Experiments with Single Photons

    Bronner, Patrick; Strunz, Andreas; Silberhorn, Christine; Meyn, Jan-Peter

    2009-01-01

    Single photons are used for fundamental quantum physics experiments as well as for applications. Originally being a topic of advance courses, such experiments are increasingly a subject of undergraduate courses. We provide interactive screen experiments (ISE) for supporting the work in a real laboratory, and for students who do not have access to…

  13. Very Efficient Single-Photon Sources Based on Quantum Dots in Photonic Wires

    Gerard, Jean-Michel; Claudon, Julien; Bleuse, Joel;

    2014-01-01

    We review the recent development of high efficiency single photon sources based on a single quantum dot in a photonic wire. Unlike cavity-based devices, very pure single photon emission and efficiencies exceeding 0.7 photon per pulse are jointly demonstrated under non-resonant pumping conditions...... optical properties of "one-dimensional atoms"....

  14. Single-Photon Imaging and Efficient Coupling to Single Plasmons

    Celebrano, M; Kukura, P; Agio, M; Renn, A; Goetzinger, S; Sandoghdar, V

    2009-01-01

    We demonstrate strong coupling of single photons emitted by individual molecules at cryogenic and ambient conditions to individual nanoparticles. We provide images obtained both in transmission and reflection, where an efficiency greater than 55% was achieved in converting incident narrow-band photons to plasmon-polaritons (plasmons) of a silver nanoparticle. Our work paves the way to spectroscopy and microscopy of nano-objects with sub-shot noise beams of light and to triggered generation of single plasmons and electrons in a well-controlled manner.

  15. Deterministic Single-Phonon Source Triggered by a Single Photon

    Söllner, Immo; Midolo, Leonardo; Lodahl, Peter

    2016-06-01

    We propose a scheme that enables the deterministic generation of single phonons at gigahertz frequencies triggered by single photons in the near infrared. This process is mediated by a quantum dot embedded on chip in an optomechanical circuit, which allows for the simultaneous control of the relevant photonic and phononic frequencies. We devise new optomechanical circuit elements that constitute the necessary building blocks for the proposed scheme and are readily implementable within the current state-of-the-art of nanofabrication. This will open new avenues for implementing quantum functionalities based on phonons as an on-chip quantum bus.

  16. Deterministic Single-Phonon Source Triggered by a Single Photon

    Söllner, Immo; Lodahl, Peter

    2016-01-01

    We propose a scheme that enables the deterministic generation of single phonons at GHz frequencies triggered by single photons in the near infrared. This process is mediated by a quantum dot embedded on-chip in an opto-mechanical circuit, which allows for the simultaneous control of the relevant photonic and phononic frequencies. We devise new opto-mechanical circuit elements that constitute the necessary building blocks for the proposed scheme and are readily implementable within the current state-of-the-art of nano-fabrication. This will open new avenues for implementing quantum functionalities based on phonons as an on-chip quantum bus.

  17. Single-Photon Detection at Telecom Wavelengths

    SUN Zhi-Bin; MA Hai-Qiang; LEI Ming; WANG Di; LIU Zhao-Jie; YANG Han-Dong; WU Ling-An; ZHAI Guang-Jie; FENG Ji

    2007-01-01

    A single-photon detector based on an InGaAs avalanche photodiode has been developed for use at telecom wavelengths. A suitable delay and sampling gate modulation circuit are used to prevent positive and negative transient pulses from influencing the detection of true photon induced avalanches. A monostable trigger circuit eliminates the influence of avalanche peak jitter, and a dead time modulation feedback control circuit decreases the afterpulsing. From performance tests we find that at the optimum operation point, the quantum efficiency is 12% and the dark count rate 1.5 × 10-6 ns-1, with a detection rate of 500 kHz.

  18. Purification of a single photon nonlinearity

    Snijders, H; Norman, J; Bakker, M P; Gossard, A; Bowers, J E; van Exter, M P; Bouwmeester, D; Löffler, W

    2016-01-01

    We show that the lifetime-reduced fidelity of a semiconductor quantum dot-cavity single photon nonlinearity can be restored by polarization pre- and postselection. This is realized with a polarization degenerate microcavity in the weak coupling regime, where an output polarizer enables quantum interference of the two orthogonally polarized transmission amplitudes. This allows us to transform incident coherent light into a stream of strongly correlated photons with a second-order correlation function of g2(0)~40, larger than previous experimental results even in the strong-coupling regime. This purification technique might also be useful to improve the fidelity of quantum dot based logic gates.

  19. Diamond-based single-photon emitters

    The exploitation of emerging quantum technologies requires efficient fabrication of key building blocks. Sources of single photons are extremely important across many applications as they can serve as vectors for quantum information-thereby allowing long-range (perhaps even global-scale) quantum states to be made and manipulated for tasks such as quantum communication or distributed quantum computation. At the single-emitter level, quantum sources also afford new possibilities in terms of nanoscopy and bio-marking. Color centers in diamond are prominent candidates to generate and manipulate quantum states of light, as they are a photostable solid-state source of single photons at room temperature. In this review, we discuss the state of the art of diamond-based single-photon emitters and highlight their fabrication methodologies. We present the experimental techniques used to characterize the quantum emitters and discuss their photophysical properties. We outline a number of applications including quantum key distribution, bio-marking and sub-diffraction imaging, where diamond-based single emitters are playing a crucial role. We conclude with a discussion of the main challenges and perspectives for employing diamond emitters in quantum information processing.

  20. Single-Photon Technologies Based on Quantum-Dots in Photonic Crystals

    Lehmann, Tau Bernstorff

    In this thesis, the application of semiconductor quantum-dots in photonic crystals is explored as aresource for single-photon technology.Two platforms based on photonic crystals, a cavity and a waveguide, are examined as platformssingle-photon sources. Both platforms demonstrate strong single-photon...... purity under quasi-resonantexcitation. Furthermore the waveguide based platform demonstrates indistinguishable single-photonsat timescales up to 13 ns.A setup for active demultiplexing of single-photons to a three-fold single-photon state is proposed.Using a fast electro-optical modulator, single-photons...... from a quantum-dot are routed on timescalesof the exciton lifetime. Using active demultiplexing a three-fold single-photon state is generated at anextracted rate of 2:03 ±0:49 Hz.An on-chip power divider integrated with a quantum-dot is investigated. Correlation measurementof the photon statistic...

  1. Atomic metasurfaces for manipulation of single photons

    Zhou, Ming; Kats, Mikhail; Yu, Zongfu

    2016-01-01

    Metasurfaces are an emerging platform for the manipulation of light on a two-dimensional plane. Existing metasurfaces comprise arrays of optical resonators such as plasmonic antennas or high-index nanoparticles. In this letter, we describe a new type of metasurface based on electronic transitions in two-level systems (TLSs). Specifically, we investigated a sheet of rubidium (Rb) atoms, whose energy levels can be tuned with structured illumination from a control laser, which enables dynamically tunable single-photon steering. These metasurface elements are lossless and orders of magnitude smaller than conventional optical resonators, which allows for the overlapping of multiple metasurfaces in a single plane, enabling multi-band operation. We demonstrate that atomic metasurfaces can be passive optical elements, and can also be utilized for beaming of spontaneously emitted photons. Though conceptually similar to conventional metasurfaces, the use of TLSs, which are inherently Fermionic, will lead to numerous ne...

  2. T-shaped single-photon router.

    Lu, Jing; Wang, Z H; Zhou, Lan

    2015-09-01

    We study the transport properties of a single photon scattered by a two-level system (TLS) in a T-shaped waveguide, which is made of two coupled-resonator waveguides (CRWs)- an infinite CRW and a semi-infinite CRW. The spontaneous emission of the TLS directs single photons from one CRW to the other. Although the transfer rate is different for the wave incident from different CRWs, due to the boundary breaking the translational symmetry, the boundary can enhance the transfer rate found in Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 103604 (2013) and Phys. Rev. A 89, 013805 (2014), as the transfer rate could be unity for the wave incident from the semi-infinite CRW. PMID:26368401

  3. Advantages of gated silicon single photon detectors

    Legré, Matthieu; Lunghi, Tommaso; Stucki, Damien; Zbinden, Hugo

    2013-05-01

    We present gated silicon single photon detectors based on two commercially available avalanche photodiodes (APDs) and one customised APD from ID Quantique SA. This customised APD is used in a commercially available device called id110. A brief comparison of the two commercial APDs is presented. Then, the charge persistence effect of all of those detectors that occurs just after a strong illumination is shown and discussed.

  4. Noiseless Conditional Teleportation of a Single Photon.

    Fuwa, Maria; Toba, Shunsuke; Takeda, Shuntaro; Marek, Petr; Mišta, Ladislav; Filip, Radim; van Loock, Peter; Yoshikawa, Jun-Ichi; Furusawa, Akira

    2014-11-28

    We experimentally demonstrate the noiseless teleportation of a single photon by conditioning on quadrature Bell measurement results near the origin in phase space and thereby circumventing the photon loss that otherwise occurs even in optimal gain-tuned continuous-variable quantum teleportation. In general, thanks to this loss suppression, the noiseless conditional teleportation can preserve the negativity of the Wigner function for an arbitrary pure input state and an arbitrary pure entangled resource state. In our experiment, the positive value of the Wigner function at the origin for the unconditional output state, W(0,0)=0.015±0.001, becomes clearly negative after conditioning, W(0,0)=-0.025±0.005, illustrating the advantage of noiseless conditional teleportation. PMID:25494071

  5. On Chip Manipulation of Single Photons from a Diamond Defect

    Kennard, J E; Marseglia, L; Aharonovich, I; Castelletto, S; Patton, B R; Politi, A; Matthews, J C F; Sinclair, A G; Gibson, B C; Prawer, S; Rarity, J G; O'Brien, J L

    2013-01-01

    Operating reconfigurable quantum circuits with single photon sources is a key goal of photonic quantum information science and technology. We use an integrated waveguide device comprising of directional couplers and a reconfigurable thermal phase controller to manipulate single photons emitted from a chromium related colour centre in diamond. Observation of both a wave-like interference pattern and particle-like sub-Poissionian autocorrelation functions demonstrates coherent manipulation of single photons emitted from the chromium related centre and verifies wave particle duality.

  6. Limitations on building single-photon-resolution detection devices

    Kok, P

    2003-01-01

    Single-photon resolution (SPR) detectors can tell the difference between incoming wave packets of n and n+1 photons. Such devices are especially important for linear optical quantum computing with projective measurements. However, in this paper I show that it is impossible to construct a photodetector with single-photon resolution when we are restricted to single-photon sources, linear optical elements and projective measurements with standard (non-photon-number discriminating) photodetectors. These devices include SPR detectors that sometimes fail to distinguish one- and two-photon inputs, but at the same time indicate this failure.

  7. Quantum Overloading Cryptography Using Single-Photon Nonlocality

    TAN Yong-Gang; CAI Qing-Yu; SHI Ting-Yun

    2007-01-01

    @@ Using the single-photon nonlocality, we propose a quantum novel overloading cryptography scheme, in which a single photon carries two bits information in one-way quantum channel. Two commutative modes of the single photon, the polarization mode and the spatial mode, are used to encode secret information. Strict time windows are set to detect the impersonation attack. The spatial mode which denotes the existence of photons is noncommutative with the phase of the photon, so that our scheme is secure against photon-number-splitting attack. Our protocol may be secure against individual attack.

  8. Single-photon absorber based on strongly interacting Rydberg atoms

    Tresp, Christoph; Mirgorodskiy, Ivan; Gorniaczyk, Hannes; Paris-Mandoki, Asaf; Hofferberth, Sebastian

    2016-01-01

    Removing exactly one photon from an arbitrary input pulse is an elementary operation in quantum optics and enables applications in quantum information processing and quantum simulation. Here we demonstrate a deterministic single-photon absorber based on the saturation of an optically thick free-space medium by a single photon due to Rydberg blockade. Single-photon subtraction adds a new component to the Rydberg quantum optics toolbox, which already contains photonic logic building-blocks such as single-photon sources, switches, transistors, and conditional $\\pi$-phase shifts. Our approach is scalable to multiple cascaded absorbers, essential for preparation of non-classical light states for quantum information and metrology applications, and, in combination with the single-photon transistor, high-fidelity number-resolved photon detection.

  9. A search for single photons at PETRA

    A search for single photons, produced in e+e- collisions together with particles interacting only weakly with matter, has been performed using the CELLO detector operating at the PETRA storage ring. From the absence of any signal, an upper limit is set at 15 (90% CL) on the number of light neutrino species, and lower limits on various supersymmetric particle masses are derived. For massless photinos, mass degenerate scalar partners of the left- and right-handed electrons are excluded below 37.7 GeV/c2 (90% CL). (orig.)

  10. Single-photon imaging in complementary metal oxide semiconductor processes

    Charbon, E.

    2014-01-01

    This paper describes the basics of single-photon counting in complementary metal oxide semiconductors, through single-photon avalanche diodes (SPADs), and the making of miniaturized pixels with photon-counting capability based on SPADs. Some applications, which may take advantage of SPAD image senso

  11. Single-photon source engineering using a Modal Method

    Gregersen, Niels

    Solid-state sources of single indistinguishable photons are of great interest for quantum information applications. The semiconductor quantum dot embedded in a host material represents an attractive platform to realize such a single-photon source (SPS). A near-unity efficiency, defined as the num...... photonic nanowire SPSs...

  12. Single-photon indistinguishability: influence of phonons

    Nielsen, Per Kær; Lodahl, Peter; Jauho, Antti-Pekka;

    2012-01-01

    indistinguishability, absent in the approximate theories. The maximum arises due to virtual processes in the highly non-Markovian short-time regime, which dominate the decoherence for small QD-cavity coupling, and phonon-mediated real transitions between the upper and lower polariton branches in the long-time regime......Recent years have demonstrated that the interaction with phonons plays an important role in semiconductor based cavity QED systems [2], consisting of a quantum dot (QD) coupled to a single cavity mode [Fig. 1(a)], where the phonon interaction is the main decoherence mechanism. Avoiding decoherence...... effects is important in linear optical quantum computing [1], where a device emitting fully coherent indistinguishable single photons on demand, is the essential ingredient. In this contribution we present a numerically exact simulation of the effect of phonons on the degree of indistinguishability of...

  13. Higgs boson decays into single photon plus unparticle

    The decay of the standard model Higgs boson into a single photon and a vector unparticle through a one-loop process is studied. For an intermediate-mass Higgs boson, this single photon plus unparticle mode can have a branching ratio comparable with the two-photon discovery mode. The emitted photon has a continuous energy spectrum encoding the nature of the recoil unparticle. It can be measured in precision studies of the Higgs boson after its discovery.

  14. Quantum Logic with Cavity Photons From Single Atoms

    Holleczek, Annemarie; Barter, Oliver; Rubenok, Allison; Dilley, Jerome; Nisbet-Jones, Peter B. R.; Langfahl-Klabes, Gunnar; Marshall, Graham D.; Sparrow, Chris; O'Brien, Jeremy L.; Poulios, Konstantinos; Kuhn, Axel; Matthews, Jonathan C. F.

    2016-07-01

    We demonstrate quantum logic using narrow linewidth photons that are produced with an a priori nonprobabilistic scheme from a single 87Rb atom strongly coupled to a high-finesse cavity. We use a controlled-not gate integrated into a photonic chip to entangle these photons, and we observe nonclassical correlations between photon detection events separated by periods exceeding the travel time across the chip by 3 orders of magnitude. This enables quantum technology that will use the properties of both narrow-band single photon sources and integrated quantum photonics.

  15. Generation and Detection of Infrared Single Photons and their Applications

    ZENG He-ping; WU Guang; WU E; PAN Hai-feng; ZHOU Chun-yuan; WU E.,F.Treussart; J.-F.Roch

    2006-01-01

    Unbreakable secret communication has been a dream from ancient time.It is quantum physics that gives us hope to turn this wizardly dream into reality.The rapid development of quantum cryptography may put an end to the history of eavesdropping.This will be largely due to the advanced techniques related to single quanta,especially infrared single photons.In this paper,we report on our research works on single-photon control for quantum cryptography,ranging from single-photon generation to single-photon detection and their applications.

  16. Spontaneous two photon emission from a single quantum dot

    Ota, Y; Kumagai, N; Arakawa, Y

    2011-01-01

    Spontaneous two photon emission from a solid-state single quantum emitter is observed. We investigated photoluminescence from the neutral biexciton in a single semiconductor quantum dot coupled with a high Q photonic crystal nanocavity. When the cavity is resonant to the half energy of the biexciton, the strong vacuum field in the cavity inspires the biexciton to simultaneously emit two photons into the mode, resulting in clear emission enhancement of the mode. Meanwhile, suppression was observed of other single photon emission from the biexciton, as the two photon emission process becomes faster than the others at the resonance.

  17. Controllable single photon stimulation of retinal rod cells

    Phan, Nam Mai; Bessarab, Dmitri A; Krivitsky, Leonid A

    2013-01-01

    Retinal rod cells are commonly assumed to be sensitive to single photons [1, 2, 3]. Light sources used in prior experiments exhibit unavoidable fluctuations in the number of emitted photons [4]. This leaves doubt about the exact number of photons used to stimulate the rod cell. In this letter, we interface rod cells of Xenopus laevis with a light source based on Spontaneous Parametric Down Conversion (SPDC) [5], which provides one photon at a time. Precise control of generation of single photons and directional delivery enables us to provide unambiguous proof of single photon sensitivity of rod cells without relying on the statistical assumptions. Quantum correlations between single photons in the SPDC enable us to determine quantum efficiency of the rod cell without pre-calibrated reference detectors [6, 7, 8]. These results provide the path for exploiting resources offered by quantum optics in generation and manipulation of light in visual studies. From a more general perspective, this method offers the ult...

  18. A Versatile Source of Single Photons for Quantum Information Processing

    Förtsch, Michael; Wittmann, Christoffer; Strekalov, Dmitry; Aiello, Andrea; Chekhova, Maria V; Silberhorn, Christine; Leuchs, Gerd; Marquardt, Christoph

    2012-01-01

    The quantum state of a single photon stands amongst the most fundamental and intriguing manifestations of quantum physics. At the same time single photons and pairs of single photons are important building blocks in the fields of linear optical based quantum computation and quantum repeater infrastructure. These fields possess enormous potential and much scientific and technological progress has been made in developing individual components, like quantum memories and photon sources using various physical implementations. However, further progress suffers from the lack of compatibility between these different components. Ultimately, one aims for a versatile source of single photons and photon pairs in order to overcome this hurdle of incompatibility. Such a photon source should allow for tuning of the spectral properties (wide wavelength range and narrow bandwidth) to address different implementations while retaining high efficiency. In addition, it should be able to bridge different wavelength regimes to make...

  19. Circuit electromechanics with single photon strong coupling

    In circuit electromechanics, the coupling strength is usually very small. Here, replacing the capacitor in circuit electromechanics by a superconducting flux qubit, we show that the coupling among the qubit and the two resonators can induce effective electromechanical coupling which can attain the strong coupling regime at the single photon level with feasible experimental parameters. We use dispersive couplings among two resonators and the qubit while the qubit is also driven by an external classical field. These couplings form a three-wave mixing configuration among the three elements where the qubit degree of freedom can be adiabatically eliminated, and thus results in the enhanced coupling between the two resonators. Therefore, our work constitutes the first step towards studying quantum nonlinear effect in circuit electromechanics

  20. Circuit electromechanics with single photon strong coupling

    Xue, Zheng-Yuan, E-mail: zyxue@scnu.edu.cn; Yang, Li-Na [Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Quantum Engineering and Quantum Materials, and School of Physics and Telecommunication Engineering, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510006 (China); Zhou, Jian, E-mail: jianzhou8627@163.com [Department of Electronic Communication Engineering, Anhui Xinhua University, Hefei 230088 (China); Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Quantum Engineering and Quantum Materials, and School of Physics and Telecommunication Engineering, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510006 (China)

    2015-07-13

    In circuit electromechanics, the coupling strength is usually very small. Here, replacing the capacitor in circuit electromechanics by a superconducting flux qubit, we show that the coupling among the qubit and the two resonators can induce effective electromechanical coupling which can attain the strong coupling regime at the single photon level with feasible experimental parameters. We use dispersive couplings among two resonators and the qubit while the qubit is also driven by an external classical field. These couplings form a three-wave mixing configuration among the three elements where the qubit degree of freedom can be adiabatically eliminated, and thus results in the enhanced coupling between the two resonators. Therefore, our work constitutes the first step towards studying quantum nonlinear effect in circuit electromechanics.

  1. Experimental generation of single photons via active multiplexing

    An on-demand single-photon source is a fundamental building block in quantum science and technology. We experimentally demonstrate the proof of concept for a scheme to generate on-demand single photons via actively multiplexing several heralded photons probabilistically produced from pulsed spontaneous parametric down-conversions (SPDCs). By utilizing a four-photon-pair source, an active feed-forward technique, and an ultrafast single-photon router, we show a fourfold enhancement of the output photon rate. Simultaneously, we maintain the quality of the output single-photon states, confirmed by correlation measurements. We also experimentally verify, via Hong-Ou-Mandel interference, that the router does not affect the indistinguishability of the single photons. Furthermore, we give numerical simulations, which indicate that photons based on multiplexing of four SPDC sources can outperform the heralding based on highly advanced photon-number-resolving detectors. Our results show a route for on-demand single-photon generation and the practical realization of scalable linear optical quantum-information processing.

  2. Coherent single-photon absorption by single emitters coupled to 1D nanophotonic waveguides

    Chen, Yuntian; Wubs, Martijn; Mørk, Jesper;

    2012-01-01

    We have derived an efficient model that allows calculating the dynamical single-photon absorption of an emitter coupled to a waveguide. We suggest a novel and simple structure that leads to strong single-photon absorption.......We have derived an efficient model that allows calculating the dynamical single-photon absorption of an emitter coupled to a waveguide. We suggest a novel and simple structure that leads to strong single-photon absorption....

  3. The photonic nanowire: A highly efficient single-photon source

    Gregersen, Niels

    2014-01-01

    The photonic nanowire represents an attractive platform for a quantum light emitter. However, careful optical engineering using the modal method, which elegantly allows access to all relevant physical parameters, is crucial to ensure high efficiency.......The photonic nanowire represents an attractive platform for a quantum light emitter. However, careful optical engineering using the modal method, which elegantly allows access to all relevant physical parameters, is crucial to ensure high efficiency....

  4. Two-order Interference of Single Photon

    JIANG Yunkun; LI Jian; SHI Baosen; FAN Xiaofeng; GUO Guangcan

    2000-01-01

    A pair of photons called signal and idler photons, respectively, are produced through the nonlinear process of type-I spontaneous parametric downconversion in BBO crystal pumped by the second-harmonic wave of a Ti:sapphire femtosecond laser pulse. The two-order interference phenomenon of the signal photon in Michelson interferometer is observed and give an analysis in detail.

  5. Electromagnetic fields, size, and copy of a single photon

    Liu, Shan-Liang

    2016-01-01

    We propose the expressions of electromagnetic fields of a single photon which properly describe the known characteristics of a photon, derive the relations between the photon size and wavelength on basis of the expressions, reveal the differences between a photon and its copy, and give the specific expressions of annihilation and creation operators of a photon. The results show that a photon has length of half the wavelength, and its radius is proportional to square root of the wavelength; a photon and its copy have the phase difference of {\\pi} and constitute a phase-entangled state; the N-photon phase-entangled state, which is formed by the sequential stimulated emission and corresponds to the wave train in optics, is not a coherent state, but it is the eigenstate of the number operator of photons.

  6. Interferometric Quantum-Nondemolition Single-Photon Detectors

    Kok, Peter; Lee, Hwang; Dowling, Jonathan

    2007-01-01

    Two interferometric quantum-nondemolition (QND) devices have been proposed: (1) a polarization-independent device and (2) a polarization-preserving device. The prolarization-independent device works on an input state of up to two photons, whereas the polarization-preserving device works on a superposition of vacuum and single- photon states. The overall function of the device would be to probabilistically generate a unique detector output only when its input electromagnetic mode was populated by a single photon, in which case its output mode would also be populated by a single photon. Like other QND devices, the proposed devices are potentially useful for a variety of applications, including such areas of NASA interest as quantum computing, quantum communication, detection of gravity waves, as well as pedagogical demonstrations of the quantum nature of light. Many protocols in quantum computation and quantum communication require the possibility of detecting a photon without destroying it. The only prior single- photon-detecting QND device is based on quantum electrodynamics in a resonant cavity and, as such, it depends on the photon frequency. Moreover, the prior device can distinguish only between one photon and no photon. The proposed interferometric QND devices would not depend on frequency and could distinguish between (a) one photon and (b) zero or two photons. The first proposed device is depicted schematically in Figure 1. The input electromagnetic mode would be a superposition of a zero-, a one-, and a two-photon quantum state. The overall function of the device would be to probabilistically generate a unique detector output only when its input electromagnetic mode was populated by a single photon, in which case its output mode also would be populated by a single photon.

  7. Direct fiber-coupled single photon source based on a photonic crystal waveguide

    A single photon source plays a key role in quantum applications such as quantum computers and quantum communications. Epitaxially grown quantum dots are one of the promising platforms to implement a good single photon source. However, it is challenging to realize an efficient single photon source based on semiconductor materials due to their high refractive index. Here we demonstrate a direct fiber coupled single photon source with high collection efficiency by employing a photonic crystal (PhC) waveguide and a tapered micro-fiber. To confirm the single photon nature, the second-order correlation function g(2)(τ) is measured with a Hanbury Brown-Twiss setup. The measured g(2)(0) value is 0.15, and we can estimate 24% direct collection efficiency from a quantum dot to the fiber

  8. Direct fiber-coupled single photon source based on a photonic crystal waveguide

    Ahn, Byeong-Hyeon, E-mail: seygene@kaist.ac.kr; Lee, Chang-Min; Lim, Hee-Jin [Department of Physics, KAIST, Daejeon 305-701 (Korea, Republic of); Schlereth, Thomas W.; Kamp, Martin [Technische Physik, Physikalisches Institut and Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen-Center for Complex Material Systems, Universität Würzburg, Am Hubland, D-97074 Würzburg (Germany); Höfling, Sven [Technische Physik, Physikalisches Institut and Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen-Center for Complex Material Systems, Universität Würzburg, Am Hubland, D-97074 Würzburg (Germany); SUPA, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of St. Andrews, St. Andrews KY16 9SS (United Kingdom); Lee, Yong-Hee [Department of Physics, KAIST, Daejeon 305-701 (Korea, Republic of); Graduate School of Nanoscience and Technology (WCU), KAIST, Daejeon 305-701 (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-08-24

    A single photon source plays a key role in quantum applications such as quantum computers and quantum communications. Epitaxially grown quantum dots are one of the promising platforms to implement a good single photon source. However, it is challenging to realize an efficient single photon source based on semiconductor materials due to their high refractive index. Here we demonstrate a direct fiber coupled single photon source with high collection efficiency by employing a photonic crystal (PhC) waveguide and a tapered micro-fiber. To confirm the single photon nature, the second-order correlation function g{sup (2)}(τ) is measured with a Hanbury Brown-Twiss setup. The measured g{sup (2)}(0) value is 0.15, and we can estimate 24% direct collection efficiency from a quantum dot to the fiber.

  9. Quasi-secure quantum dialogue using single photons

    2007-01-01

    A quasi-secure quantum dialogue protocol using single photons was proposed. Different from the previous entanglement-based protocols, the present protocol uses batches of single photons which run back and forth between the two parties. A round run for each photon makes the two parties each obtain a classical bit of information. So the efficiency of information transmission can be increased. The present scheme is practical and well within the present-day technology.

  10. Single pairs of time-bin entangled photons

    Versteegh, Marijn A M; Berg, Aafke A van den; Juska, Gediminas; Dimastrodonato, Valeria; Gocalinska, Agnieszka; Pelucchi, Emanuele; Zwiller, Val

    2015-01-01

    Time-bin entangled photons are ideal for long-distance quantum communication via optical fibers. Here we present a source where, even at high creation rates, each excitation pulse generates at most one time-bin entangled pair. This is important for the accuracy and security of quantum communication. Our site-controlled quantum dot generates single polarization-entangled photon pairs, which are then converted, without loss of entanglement strength, into single time-bin entangled photon pairs.

  11. All-Optical Routing of Single Photons by a One-Atom Switch Controlled by a Single Photon

    Shomroni, Itay; Lovsky, Yulia; Bechler, Orel; Guendelman, Gabriel; Dayan, Barak

    2014-01-01

    The prospect of quantum networks, in which quantum information is carried by single photons in photonic circuits, has long been the driving force behind the effort to achieve all-optical routing of single photons. Here we realize the most basic unit of such a photonic circuit: a single-photon activated switch, capable of routing a photon from any of its two inputs to any of its two outputs. Our device is based on a single 87Rb atom coupled to a fiber-coupled, chip-based microresonator, and is completely all-optical, requiring no other fields beside the in-fiber single-photon pulses. Nonclassical statistics of the control pulse confirm that a single reflected photon toggles the switch from high reflection (65%) to high transmission (90%), with average of ~1.5 control photons per switching event (~3 including linear losses). The fact that the control and target photons are both in-fiber and practically identical makes this scheme compatible with scalable architectures for quantum information processing.

  12. Quantum Communication with Continuum Single-Photon Pulses

    Rios, F. F. S.; Ramos, R. V.

    2014-01-01

    In this work, we analyze the behavior of continuum single-photon pulses in some quantum communication schemes. In particular, we consider the single-photon interference in a Mach-Zenhder interferometer, the HOM interference and the quantum bit commitment protocol.

  13. Quantum dot single-photon switches of resonant tunneling current for discriminating-photon-number detection

    Qianchun Weng; Zhenghua An; Bo Zhang; Pingping Chen; Xiaoshuang Chen; Ziqiang Zhu; Wei Lu

    2015-01-01

    Low-noise single-photon detectors that can resolve photon numbers are used to monitor the operation of quantum gates in linear-optical quantum computation. Exactly 0, 1 or 2 photons registered in a detector should be distinguished especially in long-distance quantum communication and quantum computation. Here we demonstrate a photon-number-resolving detector based on quantum dot coupled resonant tunneling diodes (QD-cRTD). Individual quantum-dots (QDs) coupled closely with adjacent quantum we...

  14. On improving single photon sources via linear optics and photodetection

    Berry, D W; Sanders, B C; Knight, P L; Berry, Dominic W.; Scheel, Stefan; Sanders, Barry C.; Knight, Peter L.

    2004-01-01

    In practice, single photons are generated as a mixture of vacuum with a single photon with weights 1-p and p, respectively; here we are concerned with increasing p by directing multiple copies of the single photon-vacuum mixture into a linear optic device and applying photodetection on some outputs to conditionally prepare single photon states with larger p. We prove that it is impossible, under certain conditions, to increase p via linear optics and conditional preparation based on photodetection, and we also establish a class of photodetection events for which p can be improved. In addition we prove that it is not possible to obtain perfect (p=1) single photon states via this method from imperfect (p<1) inputs.

  15. Telecom-heralded single-photon absorption by a single atom

    Lenhard, Andreas; Bock, Matthias; Becher, Christoph; Kucera, Stephan; Brito, José; Eich, Pascal; Müller, Philipp; Eschner, Jürgen

    2015-12-01

    We present, characterize, and apply the architecture of a photonic quantum interface between the near infrared and telecom spectral regions. A singly resonant optical parametric oscillator (OPO) operated below threshold, in combination with external filters, generates high-rate (>2.5 ×106s-1 ) narrowband photon pairs (˜7 MHz bandwidth); the signal photons are tuned to resonance with an atomic transition in Ca+, while the idler photons are at telecom wavelength. Interface operation is demonstrated through high-rate absorption of single photons by a single trapped ion (˜670 s-1 ), heralded by coincident telecom photons.

  16. Single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT)

    The functional state of organs can be imaged by their accumulation of single photon emitter like 99mTc (γ-ray energy 140 keV), 201Tl (73 keV) and 201I (159 keV) with computed tomography. The emitted γ-ray is collimated to reach the NaI (Tl) detector for specifying its direction, which is called as the scintillation camera or gamma camera. The camera rotating around the patient gives the SPECT images. The NaI (Tl) detector is suitable for converting 60-300 keV γ-ray to fluorescence through the photoelectric effect. Photomultiplier receiving the fluorescence outputs X/Y signals for the emitting position and Z signal (energy) separately, giving imaging data. 3D images can be re-constructed by either method of the filtered back projection or maximum likelihood-expectation maximization. For quantitative reconstruction, correction of γ-ray absorption in water, of scattering and of collimator opening is necessary. Recently, semiconductor-detectors like CdZnTe and CdTe are being utilized in place of NaI for better resolution, which will reduce the size of the camera. Further, a camera with coincidence circuit for positron has appeared and will be applicable for both SPECT and PET. Compton camera having 2-step detectors without collimator is now under development. (N.I.)

  17. Single photon laser altimeter data processing, analysis and experimental validation

    Vacek, Michael; Peca, Marek; Michalek, Vojtech; Prochazka, Ivan

    2015-10-01

    Spaceborne laser altimeters are common instruments on-board the rendezvous spacecraft. This manuscript deals with the altimeters using a single photon approach, which belongs to the family of time-of-flight range measurements. Moreover, the single photon receiver part of the altimeter may be utilized as an Earth-to-spacecraft link enabling one-way ranging, time transfer and data transfer. The single photon altimeters evaluate actual altitude through the repetitive detections of single photons of the reflected laser pulses. We propose the single photon altimeter signal processing and data mining algorithm based on the Poisson statistic filter (histogram method) and the modified Kalman filter, providing all common altimetry products (altitude, slope, background photon flux and albedo). The Kalman filter is extended for the background noise filtering, the varying slope adaptation and the non-causal extension for an abrupt slope change. Moreover, the algorithm partially removes the major drawback of a single photon altitude reading, namely that the photon detection measurement statistics must be gathered. The developed algorithm deduces the actual altitude on the basis of a single photon detection; thus, being optimal in the sense that each detected signal photon carrying altitude information is tracked and no altitude information is lost. The algorithm was tested on the simulated datasets and partially cross-probed with the experimental data collected using the developed single photon altimeter breadboard based on the microchip laser with the pulse energy on the order of microjoule and the repetition rate of several kilohertz. We demonstrated that such an altimeter configuration may be utilized for landing or hovering a small body (asteroid, comet).

  18. Efficient generation of single and entangled photons on a silicon photonic integrated chip

    Mower, Jacob; Englund, Dirk

    2011-01-01

    We present a protocol for generating on-demand, indistinguishable single photons on a silicon photonic integrated chip. The source is a time-multiplexed spontaneous parametric down-conversion element that allows optimization of single-photon versus multiphoton emission while realizing high output rate and indistinguishability. We minimize both the scaling of active elements and the scaling of active element loss with multiplexing. We then discuss detection strategies and data processing to fu...

  19. Room-temperature single-photon sources based on nanocrystal fluorescence in photonic/plasmonic nanostructures

    Lukishova, S. G.; Winkler, J. M.; Bissell, L. J.; Mihaylova, D.; Liapis, Andreas C.; Shi, Z.; Goldberg, D.; Menon, V. M.; Boyd, R. W.; Chen, G.; Prasad, P.

    2014-10-01

    Results are presented here towards robust room-temperature SPSs based on fluorescence in nanocrystals: colloidal quantum dots, color-center diamonds and doped with trivalent rare-earth ions (TR3+). We used cholesteric chiral photonic bandgap and Bragg-reflector microcavities for single emitter fluorescence enhancement. We also developed plasmonic bowtie nanoantennas and 2D-Si-photonic bandgap microcavities. The paper also provides short outlines of other technologies for room-temperature single-photon sources.

  20. A highly efficient single-photon source based on a quantum dot in a photonic nanowire

    Claudon, Julien; Bleuse, Joel; Malik, Nitin Singh; Bazin, Maela; Jaffrennou, Perine; Gregersen, Niels; Sauvan, Christophe; Lalanne, Philippe; Gerard, Jean-Michel

    2010-01-01

    The development of efficient solid-state sources of single photons is a major challenge in the context of quantum communication,optical quantum information processing and metrology1. Such a source must enable the implementation of a stable, single-photon emitter, like a colour centre in diamond2...

  1. Coherent single-photon absorption by single emitters coupled to one-dimensional nanophotonic waveguides

    Chen, Yuntian; Wubs, Martijn; Mørk, Jesper; Koenderink, A. Femius

    2011-01-01

    We study the dynamics of single-photon absorption by a single emitter coupled to a one-dimensional waveguide that simultaneously provides channels for spontaneous emission (SE) decay and a channel for the input photon. We have developed a time-dependent theory that allows us to specify any input ...... can be improved by a further 4% by engineering the dispersion. Efficient single-photon absorption by a single emitter has potential applications in quantum communication and quantum computation....

  2. Engineering single photon emitters by ion implantation in diamond

    Naydenov, B.; Kolesov, R.; Batalov, A.; Meijer, J; Pezzagna, S.; Rogalla, D.; Jelezko, F.; Wrachtrup, J.

    2009-01-01

    Diamond provides unique technological platform for quantum technologies including quantum computing and communication. Controlled fabrication of optically active defects is a key element for such quantum toolkit. Here we report the production of single color centers emitting in the blue spectral region by high energy implantation of carbon ions. We demonstrate that single implanted defects show sub-poissonian statistics of the emitted photons and can be explored as single photon source in qua...

  3. Single photon, spin, and charge manipulation of diamond quantum register

    Single-photon sources that provide non-classical light states on demand have a broad range of application in quantum communication, quantum computing, and metrology. Recently, significant progresses have been shown in semiconductor quantum-dots. However, a major obstacle is the requirement of cryogenic temperatures. Here we show the realization of a stable room temperature electrically driven single-photon source based on a single NV centre in a diode structure. (author)

  4. Quantum dot single-photon switches of resonant tunneling current for discriminating-photon-number detection.

    Weng, Qianchun; An, Zhenghua; Zhang, Bo; Chen, Pingping; Chen, Xiaoshuang; Zhu, Ziqiang; Lu, Wei

    2015-01-01

    Low-noise single-photon detectors that can resolve photon numbers are used to monitor the operation of quantum gates in linear-optical quantum computation. Exactly 0, 1 or 2 photons registered in a detector should be distinguished especially in long-distance quantum communication and quantum computation. Here we demonstrate a photon-number-resolving detector based on quantum dot coupled resonant tunneling diodes (QD-cRTD). Individual quantum-dots (QDs) coupled closely with adjacent quantum well (QW) of resonant tunneling diode operate as photon-gated switches- which turn on (off) the RTD tunneling current when they trap photon-generated holes (recombine with injected electrons). Proposed electron-injecting operation fills electrons into coupled QDs which turn "photon-switches" to "OFF" state and make the detector ready for multiple-photons detection. With proper decision regions defined, 1-photon and 2-photon states are resolved in 4.2 K with excellent propabilities of accuracy of 90% and 98% respectively. Further, by identifying step-like photon responses, the photon-number-resolving capability is sustained to 77 K, making the detector a promising candidate for advanced quantum information applications where photon-number-states should be accurately distinguished. PMID:25797442

  5. Quantum dot single-photon switches of resonant tunneling current for discriminating-photon-number detection

    Weng, Qianchun; An, Zhenghua; Zhang, Bo; Chen, Pingping; Chen, Xiaoshuang; Zhu, Ziqiang; Lu, Wei

    2015-03-01

    Low-noise single-photon detectors that can resolve photon numbers are used to monitor the operation of quantum gates in linear-optical quantum computation. Exactly 0, 1 or 2 photons registered in a detector should be distinguished especially in long-distance quantum communication and quantum computation. Here we demonstrate a photon-number-resolving detector based on quantum dot coupled resonant tunneling diodes (QD-cRTD). Individual quantum-dots (QDs) coupled closely with adjacent quantum well (QW) of resonant tunneling diode operate as photon-gated switches- which turn on (off) the RTD tunneling current when they trap photon-generated holes (recombine with injected electrons). Proposed electron-injecting operation fills electrons into coupled QDs which turn ``photon-switches'' to ``OFF'' state and make the detector ready for multiple-photons detection. With proper decision regions defined, 1-photon and 2-photon states are resolved in 4.2 K with excellent propabilities of accuracy of 90% and 98% respectively. Further, by identifying step-like photon responses, the photon-number-resolving capability is sustained to 77 K, making the detector a promising candidate for advanced quantum information applications where photon-number-states should be accurately distinguished.

  6. A photon-photon quantum gate based on a single atom in an optical resonator.

    Hacker, Bastian; Welte, Stephan; Rempe, Gerhard; Ritter, Stephan

    2016-08-11

    That two photons pass each other undisturbed in free space is ideal for the faithful transmission of information, but prohibits an interaction between the photons. Such an interaction is, however, required for a plethora of applications in optical quantum information processing. The long-standing challenge here is to realize a deterministic photon-photon gate, that is, a mutually controlled logic operation on the quantum states of the photons. This requires an interaction so strong that each of the two photons can shift the other's phase by π radians. For polarization qubits, this amounts to the conditional flipping of one photon's polarization to an orthogonal state. So far, only probabilistic gates based on linear optics and photon detectors have been realized, because "no known or foreseen material has an optical nonlinearity strong enough to implement this conditional phase shift''. Meanwhile, tremendous progress in the development of quantum-nonlinear systems has opened up new possibilities for single-photon experiments. Platforms range from Rydberg blockade in atomic ensembles to single-atom cavity quantum electrodynamics. Applications such as single-photon switches and transistors, two-photon gateways, nondestructive photon detectors, photon routers and nonlinear phase shifters have been demonstrated, but none of them with the ideal information carriers: optical qubits in discriminable modes. Here we use the strong light-matter coupling provided by a single atom in a high-finesse optical resonator to realize the Duan-Kimble protocol of a universal controlled phase flip (π phase shift) photon-photon quantum gate. We achieve an average gate fidelity of (76.2 ± 3.6) per cent and specifically demonstrate the capability of conditional polarization flipping as well as entanglement generation between independent input photons. This photon-photon quantum gate is a universal quantum logic element, and therefore could perform most existing two-photon operations

  7. Video recording true single-photon double-slit interference

    Aspden, Reuben S; Spalding, Gabriel C

    2016-01-01

    As normally used, no commercially available camera has a low-enough dark noise to directly produce video recordings of double-slit interference at the photon-by-photon level, because readout noise significantly contaminates or overwhelms the signal. In this work, noise levels are significantly reduced by turning on the camera only when the presence of a photon has been heralded by the arrival, at an independent detector, of a time-correlated photon produced via parametric down-conversion. This triggering scheme provides the improvement required for direct video imaging of Young's double-slit experiment with single photons, allowing clarified versions of this foundational demonstration. Further, we introduce variations on this experiment aimed at promoting discussion of the role spatial coherence plays in such a measurement. We also emphasize complementary aspects of single-photon measurement, where imaging yields (transverse) position information, while diffraction yields the transverse momentum, and highligh...

  8. Controlling light emission from single-photon sources using photonic nanowires

    Gregersen, Niels; Chen, Yuntian; Mørk, Jesper;

    2012-01-01

    The photonic nanowire has recently emerged as an promising alternative to microcavity-based single-photon source designs. In this simple structure, a geometrical effect ensures a strong coupling between an embedded emitter and the optical mode of interest and a combination of tapers and mirrors are...... used to tailor the far-field emission pattern. This non-resonant approach relaxes the demands to fabrication perfection, allowing for record-high measured efficiency of fabricated nanowire single-photon sources. We review recent progress in photonic nanowire technology and present next generation...

  9. QUANTUM KEY DISTRIBUTION WITH REALISTIC HERALDED SINGLE-PHOTON SOURCES

    Lasota, Mikolaj; Demkowicz-Dobrzanski, Rafal; Banaszek, Konrad

    2013-01-01

    We analyze theoretically performance of four-state quantum key distribution protocols implemented with a realistic heralded single-photon source. The analysis assumes a noisy model for the detector heralding generation of individual photons via spontaneous parametric down-conversion, including dark counts and imperfect photon number resolution. We identify characteristics of the heralding detector that defines the attainable cryptographic key rate and the maximum secure distance. Approximate ...

  10. An integral gated mode single photon detector at telecom wavelengths

    We demonstrate an integral gated mode single photon detector at telecom wavelengths. The charge number of an avalanche pulse rather than the peak current is monitored for single photon detection. The transient spikes in conventional gated mode operation are cancelled completely by integrating, which enables one to effectively improve the performance of single photon detector with the same avalanche photodiode. This method achieved a detection efficiency of 29.9% at the dark count probability per gate equal to 5.57 x 10-6/gate (1.11 x 10-6 ns-1) at 1550 nm

  11. Coupling of single quantum dots to a photonic crystal waveguide

    Lund-Hansen, Toke; Stobbe, Søren; Julsgaard, Brian; Lodahl, Peter

    is coupled efficiently to a single enhanced mode. One popular approach has been to couple single quantum dots to a nanocavity but a limiting factor in this configuration is that in order to apply the photon it should subsequently be coupled out of the cavity, reducing the overall efficiency...... significantly. An alternative approach is to couple the quantum dot directly to the propagating mode of a photonic waveguide. We demonstrate the coupling of single quantum dots to a photonic crystal waveguide using time-resolved spontaneous emission measurements. A pronounced effect is seen in the decay rates...

  12. Superconducting single photon detectors integrated with diamond nanophotonic circuits

    Rath, Patrik; Ferrari, Simone; Sproll, Fabian; Lewes-Malandrakis, Georgia; Brink, Dietmar; Ilin, Konstantin; Siegel, Michael; Nebel, Christoph; Pernice, Wolfram

    2015-01-01

    Photonic quantum technologies promise to repeat the success of integrated nanophotonic circuits in non-classical applications. Using linear optical elements, quantum optical computations can be performed with integrated optical circuits and thus allow for overcoming existing limitations in terms of scalability. Besides passive optical devices for realizing photonic quantum gates, active elements such as single photon sources and single photon detectors are essential ingredients for future optical quantum circuits. Material systems which allow for the monolithic integration of all components are particularly attractive, including III-V semiconductors, silicon and also diamond. Here we demonstrate nanophotonic integrated circuits made from high quality polycrystalline diamond thin films in combination with on-chip single photon detectors. Using superconducting nanowires coupled evanescently to travelling waves we achieve high detection efficiencies up to 66 % combined with low dark count rates and timing resolu...

  13. Dissipation-enabled efficient excitation transfer from a single photon to a single quantum emitter

    Trautmann, N.; Alber, G.

    2016-05-01

    We propose a scheme for triggering a dissipation-dominated highly efficient excitation transfer from a single-photon wave packet to a single quantum emitter. This single-photon-induced optical pumping turns dominant dissipative processes, such as spontaneous photon emission by the emitter or cavity decay, into valuable tools for quantum information processing and quantum communication. It works for an arbitrarily shaped single-photon wave packet with sufficiently small bandwidth provided a matching condition is satisfied which balances the dissipative rates involved. Our scheme does not require additional laser pulses or quantum feedback and does not rely on high finesse optical resonators. In particular, it can be used to enhance significantly the coupling of a single photon to a single quantum emitter implanted in a one-dimensional waveguide or even in a free space scenario. We demonstrate the usefulness of our scheme for building a deterministic quantum memory and a deterministic frequency converter between photonic qubits of different wavelengths.

  14. Multiple-Event, Single-Photon Counting Imaging Sensor

    Zheng, Xinyu; Cunningham, Thomas J.; Sun, Chao; Wang, Kang L.

    2011-01-01

    The single-photon counting imaging sensor is typically an array of silicon Geiger-mode avalanche photodiodes that are monolithically integrated with CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) readout, signal processing, and addressing circuits located in each pixel and the peripheral area of the chip. The major problem is its single-event method for photon count number registration. A single-event single-photon counting imaging array only allows registration of up to one photon count in each of its pixels during a frame time, i.e., the interval between two successive pixel reset operations. Since the frame time can t be too short, this will lead to very low dynamic range and make the sensor merely useful for very low flux environments. The second problem of the prior technique is a limited fill factor resulting from consumption of chip area by the monolithically integrated CMOS readout in pixels. The resulting low photon collection efficiency will substantially ruin any benefit gained from the very sensitive single-photon counting detection. The single-photon counting imaging sensor developed in this work has a novel multiple-event architecture, which allows each of its pixels to register as more than one million (or more) photon-counting events during a frame time. Because of a consequently boosted dynamic range, the imaging array of the invention is capable of performing single-photon counting under ultra-low light through high-flux environments. On the other hand, since the multiple-event architecture is implemented in a hybrid structure, back-illumination and close-to-unity fill factor can be realized, and maximized quantum efficiency can also be achieved in the detector array.

  15. Single Photon Ignition of Two-photon Super-fluorescence through the Vacuum of Electromagnetic Field

    Enaki, Nicolae A.

    2010-01-01

    The ignition of two-quantum collective emission of inverted sub-ensemble of radiators due to mutual interaction of this sub-ensemble with other two dipole active atomic subsystems in process of two-photon exchanges between the atoms through the vacuum field is proposed. The three particle resonances between two-photon and single quantum transitions of inverted radiators from the ensemble are proposed for acceleration of collective decay rate of bi-photons, obtained relatively dipole-forbidden...

  16. Total teleportation of a single-photon state

    Humble, Travis S.; Bennink, Ryan S.; Grice, Warren P.

    2008-08-01

    Recent demonstrations of teleportation have transferred quantum information encoded into either polarization or fieldquadrature degrees of freedom (DOFs), but an outstanding question is how to simultaneously teleport quantum information encoded into multiple DOFs. We describe how the transverse-spatial, spectral and polarization states of a single photon can be simultaneously teleported using a pair of multimode, polarization-entangled photons derived from spontaneous parametric down-conversion. Furthermore, when the initial photon pair is maximally entangled in the spatial, spectral, and polarization DOFs then the photon's full quantum state can be reliably teleported using a Bell-state measurement based on sum-frequency generation.

  17. Total teleportation of a single-photon state

    Humble, Travis S [ORNL; Bennink, Ryan S [ORNL; Grice, Warren P [ORNL

    2008-01-01

    Recent demonstrations of teleportation have transferred quantum information encoded into either polarization or field-quadrature degrees of freedom (DOFs), but an outstanding question is how to simultaneously teleport quantum information encoded into multiple DOFs. We describe how the transverse-spatial, spectral and polarization states of a single photon can be simultaneously teleported using a pair of multimode, polarization-entangled photons derived from spontaneous parametric down-conversion. Furthermore, when the initial photon pair is maximally entangled in the spatial, spectral, and polarization DOFs then the photon s full quantum state can be reliably teleported using a Bell-state measurement based on sum-frequency generation.

  18. Quantum teleportation of a single-photon wave packet

    Molotkov, S. N.

    1998-01-01

    A quantum teleportation scheme based on the EPR-pair entangled with respect to the ``energy+time'' variables is proposed. Teleportation of the multimode state of a single-photon wave packet is considered.

  19. Continuous variable teleportation of single photon states (Proceedings version)

    Ide, Toshiki; Hofmann, Holger F.; Kobayashi, Takayoshi; Furusawa, Akira

    2001-01-01

    We investigate the changes to a single photon state caused by the non-maximal entanglement in continuous variable quantum teleportation. It is shown that the teleportation measurement introduces field coherence in the output.

  20. Single Photon Avalanche Diodes: Towards the Large Bidimensional Arrays

    Emilio Sciacca

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available Single photon detection is one of the most challenging goals of photonics. In recent years, the study of ultra-fast and/or low-intensity phenomena has received renewed attention from the academic and industrial communities. Intense research activity has been focused on bio-imaging applications, bio-luminescence, bio-scattering methods, and, more in general, on several applications requiring high speed operation and high timing resolution. In this paper we present design and characterization of bi-dimensional arrays of a next generation of single photon avalanche diodes (SPADs. Single photon sensitivity, dark noise, afterpulsing and timing resolution of the single SPAD have been examined in several experimental conditions. Moreover, the effects arising from their integration and the readout mode have also been deeply investigated.

  1. Correction of ultraviolet single photon counting image distortion

    Xinghua Zhang; Baosheng Zhao; Zhenhua Miao; Wei Li; Xiangping Zhu; Yong'an Liu; Wei Zou

    2008-01-01

    Single photon counting imaging technology has been widely used in space environment detection, astronomy observation, nuclear physics, and ultraweak bioluminescence. However, the distortion of the single photon counting image will badly affect the measurement results. Therefore, the correction of distortion for single photon counting image is very significant. Ultraviolet single photon imaging system with wedge and strip anode is introduced and the influence factor leading to image distortion is analyzed. To correct original distorted image, three different image correction methods, namely, the physical correction, the global correction, and the local correction, are applied. In addition, two parameters, i.e, the position index and the linearity index, are defined to evaluate the performance of the three methods. The results suggest that the correction methods can improve the quality of the initial image without losing gray information of each counting light spot. And the local correction can provide the best visual inspections and performance evaluation among the three methods.

  2. Category theoretic analysis of single-photon decision maker

    Kim, Makoto Naruse Song-Ju; Berthel, Martin; Drezet, Aurélien; Huant, Serge; Hori, Hirokazu

    2016-01-01

    Decision making is a vital function in the era of artificial intelligence; however, its physical realizations and their theoretical fundamentals are not yet known. In our former study [Sci. Rep. 5, 513253 (2015)], we demonstrated that single photons can be used to make decisions in uncertain, dynamically changing environments. The multi-armed bandit problem was successfully solved using the dual probabilistic and particle attributes of single photons. Herein, we present the category theoretic foundation of the single-photon-based decision making, including quantitative analysis that agrees well with the experimental results. The category theoretic model unveils complex interdependencies of the entities of the subject matter in the most simplified manner, including a dynamically changing environment. In particular, the octahedral structure in triangulated categories provides a clear understanding of the underlying mechanisms of the single-photon decision maker. This is the first demonstration of a category the...

  3. Creation of multiple identical single photon emitters in diamond

    Rogers, Lachlan J; Marseglia, Luca; Müller, Christoph; Naydenov, Boris; Schauffert, Hardy; Kranz, C; Teraji, T; Isoya, Junichi; McGuinness, Liam P; Jelezko, Fedor

    2013-01-01

    Emitters of indistinguishable single photons are crucial for the growing field of quantum technologies. To realize scalability and increase the complexity of quantum optics technologies, multiple independent yet identical single photon emitters are also required. However typical solid-state single photon sources are dissimilar, necessitating the use of electrical feedback or optical cavities to improve spectral overlap between distinct emitters. Here, we present controllable growth of bright silicon-vacancy (SiV-) centres in bulk diamond which intrinsically show almost identical emission (spectral overlap of up to 83%) and near transform-limited excitation linewidths. We measure the photo-physical properties of defects at room and cryogenic temperatures, and demonstrate incorporation into a solid immersion lens (SIL). Our results have impact upon the application of single photon sources for quantum optics and cryptography, and the production of next generation fluorophores for bio-imaging.

  4. Single-photon quantum router with multiple output ports.

    Yan, Wei-Bin; Fan, Heng

    2014-01-01

    The routing capability is a requisite in quantum network. Although the quantum routing of signals has been investigated in various systems both in theory and experiment, the general form of quantum routing with many output terminals still needs to be explored. Here we propose a scheme to achieve the multi-channel quantum routing of the single photons in a waveguide-emitter system. The channels are composed by the waveguides and are connected by intermediate two-level emitters. By adjusting the intermediate emitters, the output channels of the input single photons can be controlled. This is demonstrated in the cases of one output channel, two output channels and the generic N output channels. The results show that the multi-channel quantum routing of single photons can be well achieved in the proposed system. This offers a scheme for the experimental realization of general quantum routing of single photons. PMID:24769619

  5. Potential of semiconductor nanowires for single photon sources

    Harmand, J.-C.; Liu, L.; Patriarche, G.; Tchernycheva, M.; Akopian, N.; Perinetti, U.; Zwiller, V.

    2009-01-01

    The catalyst-assisted growth of semiconductor nanowires heterostructures offers a very flexible way to design and fabricate single photon emitters. The nanowires can be positioned by organizing the catalyst prior to growth. Single quantum dots can be formed in the core of single nanowires which can

  6. Continuous monitoring can improve single-photon probability

    Raghunathan, Shesha; Brun, Todd

    2010-01-01

    An engineering technique using continuous quantum measurement together with a change detection algorithm is proposed to improve the probability of single photon emission for a quantum-dot based single-photon source. The technique involves continuous monitoring of the emitter, integrating the measured signal, and a simple change detection circuit to decide when to stop pumping. The idea is to pump just long enough such that the emitter $+$ cavity system is in a state that can emit at most one ...

  7. Multiboson Correlation Interferometry with arbitrary single-photon pure states

    Tamma, Vincenzo; Laibacher, Simon

    2014-01-01

    We provide a compact full description of multiboson correlation measurements of arbitrary order N in passive linear interferometers with arbitrary input single-photon pure states. This allows us to physically analyze the novel problem of multiboson correlation sampling at the output of random linear interferometers. Our results also describe general multiboson correlation landscapes for an arbitrary number of input single photons and arbitrary interferometers. In particular, we use two differ...

  8. Single photon frequency up-conversion and its applications

    Optical frequency up-conversion is a technique, based on sum frequency generation in a non-linear optical medium, in which signal light from one frequency (wavelength) is converted to another frequency. By using this technique, near infrared light can be converted to light in the visible or near visible range and therefore detected by commercially available visible detectors with high efficiency and low noise. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has adapted the frequency up-conversion technique to develop highly efficient and sensitive single photon detectors and a spectrometer for use at telecommunication wavelengths. The NIST team used these single photon up-conversion detectors and spectrometer in a variety of pioneering research projects including the implementation of a quantum key distribution system; the demonstration of a detector with a temporal resolution beyond the jitter limitation of commercial single photon detectors; the characterization of an entangled photon pair source, including a direct spectrum measurement for photons generated in spontaneous parametric down-conversion; the characterization of single photons from quantum dots including the measurement of carrier lifetime with escalated high accuracy and the demonstration of the converted quantum dot photons preserving their non-classical features; the observation of 2nd, 3rd and 4th order temporal correlations of near infrared single photons from coherent and pseudo-thermal sources following frequency up-conversion; a study on the time-resolving measurement capability of the detectors using a short pulse pump and; evaluating the modulation of a single photon wave packet for better interfacing of independent sources. In this article, we will present an overview of the frequency up-conversion technique, introduce its applications in quantum information systems and discuss its unique features and prospects for the future.

  9. Near-unity efficiency, single-photon sources based on tapered photonic nanowires

    Bleuse, Joël; Munsch, Mathieu; Claudon, Julien;

    2012-01-01

    Single-photon emission from excitons in InAs Quantum Dots (QD) embedded in GaAs Tapered Photonic Wires (TPW) already demonstrated a 0.72 collection efficiency, with TPWs were the apex is the sharp end of the cone. Going to alternate designs, still based on the idea of the adiabatic deconfinement ...

  10. Quantum computing with distant single photon sources with insurance

    Lim, Y L; Kwek, L C; Lim, Yuan Liang; Beige, Almut; Kwek, Leong Chuan

    2004-01-01

    We demonstrate the possibility to perform quantum computations using only single photon sources, linear optics elements and photon detectors. In contrast to common linear optics quantum computing proposals, the described scheme can be operated with insurance without relying on highly entangled ancilla photons. Universality is achieved by employing the properties of certain single photon sources, namely the fact that it is possible to encode the logical qubit within the state of a source as well as in the state of the generated photon. The proposed Ising gate allows to build cluster states for one-way quantum computing. Furthermore we describe the implementation of the quantum parity filter, enabling teleportation with insurance, and the generation of multiphoton entanglement on demand.

  11. Demonstration of the angular uncertainty principle for single photons

    We present an experimental demonstration of a form of the angular uncertainty principle for single photons. Producing light from type I down-conversion, we use spatial light modulators to perform measurements on signal and idler photons. By measuring states in the angle and orbital angular momentum basis, we demonstrate the uncertainty relation of Franke-Arnold et al (2004 New J. Phys. 6 103). We consider two manifestations of the uncertainty relation. In the first we herald the presence of a photon by detection of its paired partner and demonstrate the uncertainty relation on this single photon. In the second, we perform orbital angular momentum measurements on one photon and angular measurements on its correlated partner exploring, in this way, the uncertainty relation through non-local measurements

  12. Heralded Single-Magnon Quantum Memory for Photon Polarization States

    We demonstrate a heralded quantum memory where a photon announces the mapping of a light polarization state onto a single collective-spin excitation (magnon) shared between two atomic ensembles. The magnon can be converted at a later time into a single polarized photon with polarization fidelity over 90(2)% for all fiducial input states, well above the classical limit of (2/3). The process can be viewed as a nondestructive quantum probe where a photon is detected, stored, and regenerated without touching its - potentially undetermined - polarization.

  13. Entanglement-preserving absorption of single SPDC photons by a single atom

    Huwer, J; Piro, N; Schug, M; Dubin, F; Eschner, J

    2011-01-01

    We study the controlled interaction between a single trapped Ca40+ ion and single photons belonging to entangled photon pairs. The ion is prepared as a polarization-sensitive single-photon absorber; the absorption of one photon from a pair is marked by a quantum jump of the atomic state and heralded by the coincident detection of the entangled partner photon. For three polarization basis settings of absorption and detection of the herald, we find maximum coincidences always for orthogonal polarizations. Tomographic reconstruction of the biphoton quantum state from the absorption-herald coincidences reveals 93% overlap with the maximally entangled state. This proves that the polarization entanglement shared by the photon pair is preserved in the absorption process and converted to transient photon-atom entanglement.

  14. Witnessing trustworthy single-photon entanglement with local homodyne measurements.

    Morin, Olivier; Bancal, Jean-Daniel; Ho, Melvyn; Sekatski, Pavel; D'Auria, Virginia; Gisin, Nicolas; Laurat, Julien; Sangouard, Nicolas

    2013-03-29

    Single-photon entangled states, i.e., states describing two optical paths sharing a single photon, constitute the simplest form of entanglement. Yet they provide a valuable resource in quantum information science. Specifically, they lie at the heart of quantum networks, as they can be used for quantum teleportation, swapped, and purified with linear optics. The main drawback of such entanglement is the difficulty in measuring it. Here, we present and experimentally test an entanglement witness allowing one to say whether a given state is path entangled and also that entanglement lies in the subspace, where the optical paths are each filled with one photon at most, i.e., refers to single-photon entanglement. It uses local homodyning only and relies on no assumption about the Hilbert space dimension of the measured system. Our work provides a simple and trustworthy method for verifying the proper functioning of future quantum networks. PMID:23581297

  15. Highly efficient photonic nanowire single-photon sources for quantum information applications

    Gregersen, Niels; Claudon, J.; Munsch, M.;

    2013-01-01

    must feature near-unity efficiency, where the efficiency is defined as the number of detected photons per trigger, the probability g(2)(τ=0) of multi-photon emission events should be 0 and the emitted photons are required to be indistinguishable. An optically or electrically triggered quantum light......Within the emerging field of optical quantum information processing, the current challenge is to construct the basic building blocks for the quantum computing and communication systems. A key component is the singlephoton source (SPS) capable of emitting single photons on demand. Ideally, the SPS...... emitter, e.g. a nitrogen-vacancy center or a semiconductor quantum dot (QD), embedded in a solid-state semiconductor host material appears as an attractive platform for generating such single photons. However, for a QD in bulk material, the large index contrast at the semiconductor-air interface leads to...

  16. Localized Polymerization Using Single Photon Photoinitiators in Two-photon process for Fabricating Subwavelength Structures

    Ummethala, Govind; Chaudhary, Raghvendra P; Hawal, Suyog; Saxena, Sumit; Shukla, Shobha

    2016-01-01

    Localized polymerization in subwavelength volumes using two photon dyes has now become a well-established method for fabrication of subwavelength structures. Unfortunately, the two photon absorption dyes used in such process are not only expensive but also proprietary. LTPO-L is an inexpensive, easily available single photon photoinitiator and has been used extensively for single photon absorption of UV light for polymerization. These polymerization volumes however are not localized and extend to micron size resolution having limited applications. We have exploited high quantum yield of radicals of LTPO-Lfor absorption of two photons to achieve localized polymerization in subwavelength volumes, much below the diffraction limit. Critical concentration (10wt%) of LTPO-Lin acrylate (Sartomer) was found optimal to achieve subwavelength localized polymerization and has been demonstrated by fabricating 2D/3D complex nanostructures and functional devices such as variable polymeric gratings with nanoscaled subwavelen...

  17. Localised excitation of a single photon source by a nanowaveguide

    Geng, Wei; Manceau, Mathieu; Rahbany, Nancy; Sallet, Vincent; de Vittorio, Massimo; Carbone, Luigi; Glorieux, Quentin; Bramati, Alberto; Couteau, Christophe

    2016-01-01

    Nowadays, integrated photonics is a key technology in quantum information processing (QIP) but achieving all-optical buses for quantum networks with efficient integration of single photon emitters remains a challenge. Photonic crystals and cavities are good candidates but do not tackle how to effectively address a nanoscale emitter. Using a nanowire nanowaveguide, we realise an hybrid nanodevice which locally excites a single photon source (SPS). The nanowire acts as a passive or active sub-wavelength waveguide to excite the quantum emitter. Our results show that localised excitation of a SPS is possible and is compared with free-space excitation. Our proof of principle experiment presents an absolute addressing efficiency ηa ~ 10-4 only ~50% lower than the one using free-space optics. This important step demonstrates that sufficient guided light in a nanowaveguide made of a semiconductor nanowire is achievable to excite a single photon source. We accomplish a hybrid system offering great potentials for electrically driven SPSs and efficient single photon collection and detection, opening the way for optimum absorption/emission of nanoscale emitters. We also discuss how to improve the addressing efficiency of a dipolar nanoscale emitter with our system.

  18. Efficient generation of single and entangled photons on a silicon photonic integrated chip

    We present a protocol for generating on-demand, indistinguishable single photons on a silicon photonic integrated chip. The source is a time-multiplexed spontaneous parametric down-conversion element that allows optimization of single-photon versus multiphoton emission while realizing high output rate and indistinguishability. We minimize both the scaling of active elements and the scaling of active element loss with multiplexing. We then discuss detection strategies and data processing to further optimize the procedure. We simulate an improvement in single-photon-generation efficiency over previous time-multiplexing protocols, assuming existing fabrication capabilities. We then apply this system to generate heralded Bell states. The generation efficiency of both nonclassical states could be increased substantially with improved fabrication procedures.

  19. Engineering single photon emitters by ion implantation in diamond.

    Naydenov, B; Kolesov, R; Batalov, A; Meijer, J; Pezzagna, S; Rogalla, D; Jelezko, F; Wrachtrup, J

    2009-11-01

    Diamond provides unique technological platform for quantum technologies including quantum computing and communication. Controlled fabrication of optically active defects is a key element for such quantum toolkit. Here we report the production of single color centers emitting in the blue spectral region by high energy implantation of carbon ions. We demonstrate that single implanted defects show sub-poissonian statistics of the emitted photons and can be explored as single photon source in quantum cryptography. Strong zero phonon line at 470.5 nm allows unambiguous identification of this defect as interstitial-related TR12 color center. PMID:19956415

  20. Deterministic teleportation using single-photon entanglement as a resource

    Björk, Gunnar; Laghaout, Amine; Andersen, Ulrik L.

    2012-01-01

    We outline a proof that teleportation with a single particle is, in principle, just as reliable as with two particles. We thereby hope to dispel the skepticism surrounding single-photon entanglement as a valid resource in quantum information. A deterministic Bell-state analyzer is proposed which...

  1. Quantum interference of independently generated telecom-band single photons

    We report on high-visibility quantum interference of independently generated telecom O-band (1310 nm) single photons using standard single-mode fibers. The experimental data are shown to agree well with the results of simulations using a comprehensive quantum multimode theory without the need for any fitting parameter

  2. Quantum interference of independently generated telecom-band single photons

    Patel, Monika [Center for Photonic Communication and Computing, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Northwestern University, 2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208-3112 (United States); Altepeter, Joseph B.; Huang, Yu-Ping; Oza, Neal N. [Center for Photonic Communication and Computing, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Northwestern University, 2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208-3118 (United States); Kumar, Prem [Center for Photonic Communication and Computing, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Northwestern University, 2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208-3112, USA and Center for Photonic Communication and Computing, Department of Electrical Engineering (United States)

    2014-12-04

    We report on high-visibility quantum interference of independently generated telecom O-band (1310 nm) single photons using standard single-mode fibers. The experimental data are shown to agree well with the results of simulations using a comprehensive quantum multimode theory without the need for any fitting parameter.

  3. Single-photon production at the CERN ISR

    A measurement of single photon production from p-p collisions at ISR energies is presented. A signal comparable to single π0 production is found at large p/sub T/. A study of associated particles favors production dominated by the first-order QCD process of gluon-valence quark production q g → q γ

  4. Single mode dye-doped polymer photonic crystal lasers

    Christiansen, Mads Brøkner; Buss, Thomas; Smith, Cameron; Petersen, Sidsel Rübner; Jørgensen, Mette Marie; Kristensen, Anders

    2010-01-01

    Dye-doped polymer photonic crystal (PhC) lasers fabricated by combined nanoimprint and photolithography are studied for their reproducibility and stability characteristics. We introduce a phase shift in the PhC lattice that substantially improves the yield of single wavelength emission. Single mode...

  5. Remote preparation of complex spatial states of single photons and verification by two-photon coincidence experiment.

    Kang, Yoonshik; Cho, Kiyoung; Noh, Jaewoo; Vitullo, Dashiell L P; Leary, Cody; Raymer, M G

    2010-01-18

    We propose and provide experimental evidence in support of a theory for the remote preparation of a complex spatial state of a single photon. An entangled two-photon source was obtained by spontaneous parametric down-conversion, and a double slit was placed in the path of the signal photon as a scattering object. The signal photon was detected after proper spatial filtering so that the idler photon was prepared in the corresponding single-photon state. By using a two-photon coincidence measurement, we obtained the Radon transform, at several longitudinal distances, of the single-photon Wigner distribution function modified by the double slit. The experimental results are consistent with the idler photon being in a pure state. An inverse Radon transformation can, in principle, be applied to the measured data to reconstruct the modified single-photon Wigner function, which is a complete representation of the amplitude and phase structure of the scattering object. PMID:20173945

  6. SIMULTANEOUS TELEPORTATION OF MULTIPLE SINGLE-PHOTON DEGREES OF FREEDOM

    Humble, Travis S [ORNL; Bennink, Ryan S [ORNL; Grice, Warren P [ORNL

    2011-01-01

    We report how quantum information encoded into multiple photonic degrees of freedom may be simultaneously teleported using a single, common physical process. The application of teleportation to the complete quantum state of a photon, i.e., the spectral, spatial, and polarization component states, permits the full photonic Hilbert space to be used for encoding information while simultaneously enabling subspaces to be addressed individually, e.g., for quantum information processing. We analyze the feasibility of teleporting the full quantum state through numerical analysis of the fidelity under nominal experimental conditions and for different types of input states, e.g., single-photon states that are separable and entangled in the physical degrees of freedom.

  7. Plasmonic nanoantenna based triggered single-photon source

    Straubel, J.; Filter, R.; Rockstuhl, C.; Słowik, K.

    2016-05-01

    Highly integrated single-photon sources are key components in future quantum-optical circuits. Whereas the probabilistic generation of single photons can routinely be done by now, their triggered generation is a much greater challenge. Here, we describe the triggered generation of single photons in a hybrid plasmonic device. It consists of a lambda-type quantum emitter coupled to a multimode optical nanoantenna. For moderate interaction strengths between the subsystems, the description of the quantum optical evolution can be simplified by an adiabatic elimination of the electromagnetic fields of the nanoantenna modes. This leads to an insightful analysis of the emitter's dynamics, entails the opportunity to understand the physics of the device, and to identify parameter regimes for a desired operation. Even though the approach presented in this work is general, we consider a simple exemplary design of a plasmonic nanoantenna, made of two silver nanorods, suitable for triggered generation of single photons. The investigated device realizes single photons, triggered, potentially at high rates, and using low device volumes.

  8. Nanoantenna enhancement for telecom-wavelength superconducting single photon detectors

    Heath, Robert M; Drysdale, Timothy D; Miki, Shigehito; Giannini, Vincenzo; Maier, Stefan A; Hadfield, Robert H

    2015-01-01

    Superconducting nanowire single photon detectors are rapidly emerging as a key infrared photon-counting technology. Two front-side-coupled silver dipole nanoantennas, simulated to have resonances at 1480 nm and 1525 nm, were fabricated in a two-step process. An enhancement of 50% to 130% in the system detection efficiency was observed when illuminating the antennas. This offers a pathway to increasing absorption into superconducting nanowires, creating larger active areas, and achieving more efficient detection at longer wavelengths.

  9. Triangular nanobeam photonic cavities in single crystal diamond

    Bayn, Igal; Meyler, Boris; Salzman, Joseph; Kalish, Rafi

    2011-01-01

    Diamond photonics provides an attractive architecture to explore room temperature cavity quantum electrodynamics and to realize scalable multi-qubit computing. Here we review the present state of diamond photonic technology. The design, fabrication and characterization of a novel triangular cross section nanobeam cavity produced in a single crystal diamond is demonstrated. The present cavity design, based on a triangular cross section allows vertical confinement and better signal collection e...

  10. Automated characterization of single-photon avalanche photodiode

    Aina Mardhiyah M. Ghazali; Audun Nystad Bugge; Sebastien Sauge; Vadim Makarov

    2012-01-01

    We report an automated characterization of a single-photon detector based on commercial silicon avalanche photodiode (PerkinElmer C30902SH). The photodiode is characterized by I-V curves at different illumination levels (darkness, 10 pW and 10 µW), dark count rate and photon detection efficiency at different bias voltages. The automated characterization routine is implemented in C++ running on a Linux computer. ABSTRAK: Kami melaporkan pencirian pengesan foton tunggal secara automatik b...

  11. Quasi free mechanism in single photon double ionization of helium

    Double ionization of Helium by a single photon is widely believed to proceed through two mechanisms: knock-off (TS1) or shake-off, with the last one dominating at high photon energies. A new mechanism, termed ''Quasi Free Mechanism'' (QFM) was predicted 35 years ago by Amusia and coworkers, but escaped experimental observation till today. Here we provide the first proof of this mechanism using 800 eV photons from the Advanced Light Source. Fragments (electrons and ions) were measured in coincidence using momentum spectroscopy (COLTRIMS). He(2+) ions with zero momentum were found - the fingerprint for the QFM.

  12. Cooperative single-photon subradiant states

    Jen, H. H.; Chang, M.-S.; Chen, Y.-C.

    2016-07-01

    We propose a set of subradiant states which can be prepared and detected in a one-dimensional optical lattice. We find that the decay rates are highly dependent on the spatial phases imprinted on the atomic chain, which allows systematic investigations of the subradiance in fluorescence experiments. The time evolution of these states can have a long decay time where up to 100 ms of lifetime is predicted for 100 atoms. They can also show decayed Rabi-like oscillations with a beating frequency determined by the difference of the cooperative Lamb shift in the subspace. Experimental requirements are also discussed for practical implementation of the subradiant states. Our proposal provides a scheme for quantum storage of photons in arrays of two-level atoms through the preparation and detection of subradiant states, which offers opportunities for quantum many-body state preparation and quantum information processing in optical lattices.

  13. Photonics

    Andrews, David L

    2015-01-01

    Discusses the basic physical principles underlying Biomedical Photonics, spectroscopy and microscopy This volume discusses biomedical photonics, spectroscopy and microscopy, the basic physical principles underlying the technology and its applications. The topics discussed in this volume are: Biophotonics; Fluorescence and Phosphorescence; Medical Photonics; Microscopy; Nonlinear Optics; Ophthalmic Technology; Optical Tomography; Optofluidics; Photodynamic Therapy; Image Processing; Imaging Systems; Sensors; Single Molecule Detection; Futurology in Photonics. Comprehensive and accessible cov

  14. Single-photon observables and preparation uncertainty relations

    We propose a procedure to define all single-photon observables in a consistent and unified picture based on operational approach to quantum mechanics. We identify the suppression of zero-helicity states as a projection from an extended Hilbert space onto the physical single-photon Hilbert space. We show that all single-photon observables are in general described by positive-operator valued measures (POVMs), obtained by applying this projection to opportune projection-valued measures (PVMs) defined on the extended Hilbert space. The POVMs associated to momentum and helicity reduce to PVMs, unlike those associated to position and spin. This fact reflects the intrinsic unsharpness of these observables. We apply this formalism to study the preparation uncertainty relations for position and momentum and to compute the probability distribution of spin, for a broad class of Gaussian states. Results show quantitatively the enhancement of the statistical character of the theory. (paper)

  15. Jitter analysis of a superconducting nanowire single photon detector

    Lixing You

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Jitter is one of the key parameters for a superconducting nanowire single photon detector (SNSPD. Using an optimized time-correlated single photon counting system for jitter measurement, we extensively studied the dependence of system jitter on the bias current and working temperature. The signal-to-noise ratio of the single-photon-response pulse was proven to be an important factor in system jitter. The final system jitter was reduced to 18 ps by using a high-critical-current SNSPD, which showed an intrinsic SNSPD jitter of 15 ps. A laser ranging experiment using a 15-ps SNSPD achieved a record depth resolution of 3 mm at a wavelength of 1550 nm.

  16. Study of narrowband single photon emitters in polycrystalline diamond films

    Sandstrom, Russell G.; Shimoni, Olga; Martin, Aiden A.; Aharonovich, Igor, E-mail: igor.aharonovich@uts.edu.au [School of Physics and Advanced Materials, University of Technology, Sydney, P.O. Box 123, Broadway, New South Wales 2007 (Australia)

    2014-11-03

    Quantum information processing and integrated nanophotonics require robust generation of single photon emitters on demand. In this work, we demonstrate that diamond films grown on a silicon substrate by microwave plasma chemical vapor deposition can host bright, narrowband single photon emitters in the visible—near infra-red spectral range. The emitters possess fast lifetime (∼several ns), absolute photostability, and exhibit full polarization at excitation and emission. Pulsed and continuous laser excitations confirm their quantum behaviour at room temperature, while low temperature spectroscopy is performed to investigate inhomogeneous broadening. Our results advance the knowledge of solid state single photon sources and open pathways for their practical implementation in quantum communication and quantum information processing.

  17. High brightness single mode source of correlated photon pairs using a photonic crystal fiber

    Fulconis, J; Wadsworth, W J; Russell, P S J; Rarity, J G

    2005-01-01

    We demonstrate a picosecond source of correlated photon pairs using a micro-structured fibre with zero dispersion around 715 nm wavelength. The fibre is pumped in the normal dispersion regime at ~708 nm and phase matching is satisfied for widely spaced parametric wavelengths. Here we generate up to 10^7 photon pairs per second in the fibre at wavelengths of 587 nm and 897 nm. On collecting the light in single-mode-fibre-coupled Silicon avalanche diode photon counting detectors we detect ~3.2.10^5 coincidences per second at pump power 0.5 mW.

  18. Single-photon interference experiment for high schools

    Bondani, Maria

    2014-07-01

    We follow the reductio ad absurdum reasoning described in the book "Sneaking a Look at God's Cards" by Giancarlo Ghirardi to demonstrate the wave-particle duality of light in a Mach-Zehnder interferometric setup analog to the conventional Young double-slit experiment. We aim at showing the double nature of light by measuring the existence of interference fringes down to the single-photon level. The setup includes a strongly attenuated laser, polarizing beam splitters, half-waveplates, polarizers and single-photon detectors.

  19. Investigation of Hamamatsu H8500 phototubes as single photon detectors

    Montgomery, R.A. [INFN Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati, Via Enrico Fermi, 40, 00044 Frascati (Italy); Hoek, M. [Institut für Kernphysik, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Johann-Joachim-Becher-Weg 45, D 55128 Mainz (Germany); Lucherini, V.; Mirazita, M.; Orlandi, A.; Anefalos Pereira, S.; Pisano, S. [INFN Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati, Via Enrico Fermi, 40, 00044 Frascati (Italy); Rossi, P. [INFN Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati, Via Enrico Fermi, 40, 00044 Frascati (Italy); Jefferson Laboratory, Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, 12000 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, VA 23606 (United States); Viticchiè, A. [INFN Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati, Via Enrico Fermi, 40, 00044 Frascati (Italy); Witchger, A. [Department of Physics, Duquesne University, 317 Fisher Hall, Pittsburgh, PA 15282 (United States)

    2015-08-01

    We have investigated the response of a significant sample of Hamamatsu H8500 MultiAnode PhotoMultiplier Tubes (MAPMTs) as single photon detectors, in view of their use in a ring imaging Cherenkov counter for the CLAS12 spectrometer at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility. For this, a laser working at 407.2 nm wavelength was employed. The sample is divided equally into standard window type, with a spectral response in the visible light region, and UV-enhanced window type MAPMTs. The studies confirm the suitability of these MAPMTs for single photon detection in such a Cherenkov imaging application.

  20. Investigation of Hamamatsu H8500 phototubes as single photon detectors

    Hoek, M; Mirazita, M; Montgomery, R A; Orlandi, A; Pereira, S Anefalos; Pisano, S; Rossi, P; Viticchiè, A; Witchger, A

    2014-01-01

    We have investigated the response of a significant sample of Hamamatsu H8500 MultiAnode PhotoMultiplier Tubes (MAPMTs) as single photon detectors, in view of their use in a ring imaging Cherenkov counter for the CLAS12 spectrometer at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility. For this, a laser working at 407.2nm wavelength was employed. The sample is divided equally into standard window type, with a spectral response in the visible light region, and UV-enhanced window type MAPMTs. The studies confirm the suitability of these MAPMTs for single photon detection in such a Cherenkov imaging application.

  1. A Variable Single Photon Plasmonic Beamsplitter

    Israelsen, Niels Møller; Kumar, Shailesh; Huck, Alexander; Neergaard-Nielsen, Jonas Schou; Andersen, Ulrik Lund

    Plasmonic structures can both be exploited for scaling down optical components beyond the diffraction limit and enhancing andcollecting the emission from a single dipole emitter. Here, we experimentally demonstrate adiabatic coupling between two silvernanowires using a nitrogen vacancy center as a...

  2. Measuring ultrafast protein folding rates from photon-by-photon analysis of single molecule fluorescence trajectories

    Chung, Hoi Sung, E-mail: chunghoi@niddk.nih.gov [Laboratory of Chemical Physics, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD 20892-0520 (United States); Cellmer, Troy; Louis, John M. [Laboratory of Chemical Physics, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD 20892-0520 (United States); Eaton, William A., E-mail: eaton@helix.nih.gov [Laboratory of Chemical Physics, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD 20892-0520 (United States)

    2013-08-30

    Highlights: ► Photon trajectories were measured for an ultrafast folding protein using single molecule FRET. ► Folding rates were obtained from a photon-by-photon analysis using a maximum likelihood method. ► Incorporating acceptor blinking into the analysis improved the accuracy of the extracted rates. ► The rates agree with the results from both the correlation analysis and ensemble laser temperature-jump. - Abstract: Folding and unfolding rates for the ultrafast folding villin subdomain were determined from a photon-by-photon analysis of fluorescence trajectories in single molecule FRET experiments. One of the obstacles to measuring fast kinetics in single molecule fluorescence experiments is blinking of the fluorophores on a timescale that is not well separated from the process of interest. By incorporating acceptor blinking into a two-state kinetics model, we show that it is possible to extract accurate rate coefficients on the microsecond time scale for folding and unfolding using the maximum likelihood method of Gopich and Szabo. This method yields the most likely parameters of a given model that can reproduce the observed photon trajectories. The extracted parameters agree with both the decay rate of the donor–acceptor cross correlation function and the results of ensemble equilibrium and kinetic experiments using nanosecond laser temperature jump.

  3. Measuring ultrafast protein folding rates from photon-by-photon analysis of single molecule fluorescence trajectories

    Highlights: ► Photon trajectories were measured for an ultrafast folding protein using single molecule FRET. ► Folding rates were obtained from a photon-by-photon analysis using a maximum likelihood method. ► Incorporating acceptor blinking into the analysis improved the accuracy of the extracted rates. ► The rates agree with the results from both the correlation analysis and ensemble laser temperature-jump. - Abstract: Folding and unfolding rates for the ultrafast folding villin subdomain were determined from a photon-by-photon analysis of fluorescence trajectories in single molecule FRET experiments. One of the obstacles to measuring fast kinetics in single molecule fluorescence experiments is blinking of the fluorophores on a timescale that is not well separated from the process of interest. By incorporating acceptor blinking into a two-state kinetics model, we show that it is possible to extract accurate rate coefficients on the microsecond time scale for folding and unfolding using the maximum likelihood method of Gopich and Szabo. This method yields the most likely parameters of a given model that can reproduce the observed photon trajectories. The extracted parameters agree with both the decay rate of the donor–acceptor cross correlation function and the results of ensemble equilibrium and kinetic experiments using nanosecond laser temperature jump

  4. Single-Photon Transistor Using a Förster Resonance

    Tiarks, Daniel; Baur, Simon; Schneider, Katharina; Duerr, Stephan; Rempe, Gerhard

    2015-05-01

    An all-optical transistor is a device in which a gate light pulse switches the transmission of a target light pulse with a gain above unity. The gain quantifies the change of the transmitted target photon number per incoming gate photon. We study the quantum limit of one incoming gate photon and observe a gain of 20. The gate pulse is stored as a Rydberg excitation in an ultracold gas. The transmission of the subsequent target pulse is suppressed by Rydberg blockade which is enhanced by a Förster resonance. The detected target photons reveal in a single shot with a fidelity above 0.86 whether a Rydberg excitation was created during the gate pulse. The gain offers the possibility to distribute the transistor output to the inputs of many transistors, thus making complex computational tasks possible.

  5. Interfering Heralded Single Photons from Two Separate Silicon Nanowires Pumped at Different Wavelengths

    Xiang Zhang

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available Practical quantum photonic applications require on-demand single photon sources. As one possible solution, active temporal and wavelength multiplexing has been proposed to build an on-demand single photon source. In this scheme, heralded single photons are generated from different pump wavelengths in many temporal modes. However, the indistinguishability of these heralded single photons has not yet been experimentally confirmed. In this work, we achieve 88% ± 8% Hong–Ou–Mandel quantum interference visibility from heralded single photons generated from two separate silicon nanowires pumped at different wavelengths. This demonstrates that active temporal and wavelength multiplexing could generate indistinguishable heralded single photons.

  6. Single photon in hierarchical architecture for physical reinforcement learning: Photon intelligence

    Naruse, Makoto; Drezet, Aurélien; Huant, Serge; Hori, Hirokazu; Kim, Song-Ju

    2016-01-01

    Understanding and using natural processes for intelligent functionalities, referred to as natural intelligence, has recently attracted interest from a variety of fields, including post-silicon computing for artificial intelligence and decision making in the behavioural sciences. In a past study, we successfully used the wave-particle duality of single photons to solve the two-armed bandit problem, which constitutes the foundation of reinforcement learning and decision making. In this study, we propose and confirm a hierarchical architecture for single-photon-based reinforcement learning and decision making that verifies the scalability of the principle. Specifically, the four-armed bandit problem is solved given zero prior knowledge in a two-layer hierarchical architecture, where polarization is autonomously adapted in order to effect adequate decision making using single-photon measurements. In the hierarchical structure, the notion of layer-dependent decisions emerges. The optimal solutions in the coarse la...

  7. Comparison between two types of photonic-crystal cavities for single-photon emitters

    The properties of photonic-crystal (PhC) cavity modes are investigated for applications in single-photon emitters. Hexagonal-lattice PhC H1 and L3 cavities are fabricated in a GaAs slab containing InAs quantum dots. The cavity modes are characterized by polarization-dependent micro-photoluminescence measurements. Split and nearly degenerate dipole modes in H1 cavities are demonstrated in the same batch of samples, and a single L3 cavity mode with specific polarization is clearly observed. The results reveal that the L3 PhC cavity exhibits fairly excellent performance even with remarkable distortion and is favorable for single-photon emitters. Finite-difference time-domain simulations show that the verticality of the air-hole sidewall has a significant influence on the properties of PhC cavity modes

  8. Evaluation of the ID220 single photon avalanche diode for extended spectral range of photon time-of-flight spectroscopy

    Nielsen, Otto Højager Attermann; Dahl, Anders Bjorholm; Anderson-Engels, Stefan;

    This paper describe the performance of the ID220 single photon avalanche diode for single photon counting, and investigates its performance for photon time-of-flight (PToF) spectroscopy. At first this report will serve as a summary to the group for PToF spectroscopy at the Department of Physics...

  9. Hyperbolic Metamaterial Nano-Resonators Make Poor Single Photon Sources

    Axelrod, Simon; Wong, Herman M K; Helmy, Amr S; Hughes, Stephen

    2016-01-01

    We study the optical properties of quantum dipole emitters coupled to hyperbolic metamaterial nano-resonators using a semi-analytical quasinormal mode approach. We show that coupling to metamaterial nano-resonators can lead to significant Purcell enhancements that are nearly an order of magnitude larger than those of plasmonic resonators with comparable geometry. However, the associated single photon output $\\beta$-factors are extremely low (around 10%), far smaller than those of comparable sized metallic resonators (70%). Using a quasinormal mode expansion of the photon Green function, we describe how the low $\\beta$-factors are due to increased Ohmic quenching arising from redshifted resonances, larger quality factors and stronger confinement of light within the metal. In contrast to current wisdom, these results suggest that hyperbolic metamaterial nano-structures make poor choices for single photon sources.

  10. Advanced active quenching circuits for single-photon avalanche photodiodes

    Stipčević, M.; Christensen, B. G.; Kwiat, P. G.; Gauthier, D. J.

    2016-05-01

    Commercial photon-counting modules, often based on actively quenched solid-state avalanche photodiode sensors, are used in wide variety of applications. Manufacturers characterize their detectors by specifying a small set of parameters, such as detection efficiency, dead time, dark counts rate, afterpulsing probability and single photon arrival time resolution (jitter), however they usually do not specify the conditions under which these parameters are constant or present a sufficient description. In this work, we present an in-depth analysis of the active quenching process and identify intrinsic limitations and engineering challenges. Based on that, we investigate the range of validity of the typical parameters used by two commercial detectors. We identify an additional set of imperfections that must be specified in order to sufficiently characterize the behavior of single-photon counting detectors in realistic applications. The additional imperfections include rate-dependence of the dead time, jitter, detection delay shift, and "twilighting." Also, the temporal distribution of afterpulsing and various artifacts of the electronics are important. We find that these additional non-ideal behaviors can lead to unexpected effects or strong deterioration of the system's performance. Specifically, we discuss implications of these new findings in a few applications in which single-photon detectors play a major role: the security of a quantum cryptographic protocol, the quality of single-photon-based random number generators and a few other applications. Finally, we describe an example of an optimized avalanche quenching circuit for a high-rate quantum key distribution system based on time-bin entangled photons.

  11. Directional emission of single photons from small atomic samples

    Miroshnychenko, Yevhen; V. Poulsen, Uffe; Mølmer, Klaus

    2013-01-01

    We provide a formalism to describe deterministic emission of single photons with tailored spatial and temporal profiles from a regular array of multi-level atoms. We assume that a single collective excitation is initially shared by all the atoms in a metastable atomic state, and that this state i...... coupled by a classical laser field to an optically excited state which rapidly decays to the ground atomic state. Our model accounts for the different field polarization components via re-absorption and emission of light by the Zeeman manifold of optically excited states.......We provide a formalism to describe deterministic emission of single photons with tailored spatial and temporal profiles from a regular array of multi-level atoms. We assume that a single collective excitation is initially shared by all the atoms in a metastable atomic state, and that this state is...

  12. Enhanced Single Photon Emission from a Diamond-Silver Aperture

    Choy, Jennifer T; Babinec, Thomas M; Bulu, Irfan; Khan, Mughees; Maletinsky, Patrick; Yacoby, Amir; Lončar, Marko

    2011-01-01

    We have developed a scalable method for coupling single color centers in diamond to plasmonic resonators and demonstrated Purcell enhancement of the single photon emission rate of nitrogen-vacancy (NV) centers. Our structures consist of single nitrogen-vacancy (NV) center-containing diamond nanoposts embedded in a thin silver film. We have utilized the strong plasmon resonances in the diamond-silver apertures to enhance the spontaneous emission of the enclosed dipole. The devices were realized by a combination of ion implantation and top-down nanofabrication techniques, which have enabled deterministic coupling between single NV centers and the plasmonic modes for multiple devices in parallel. The plasmon-enhanced NV centers exhibited over six-fold improvements in spontaneous emission rate in comparison to bare nanoposts and up to a factor of 3.6 in radiative lifetime reduction over bulk samples, with comparable increases in photon counts. The hybrid diamond-plasmon system presented here could provide a stabl...

  13. Photophysics of single silicon vacancy centers in diamond: implications for single photon emission

    Neu, Elke; Becher, Christoph

    2012-01-01

    Single silicon vacancy (SiV) color centers in diamond have recently shown the ability for high brightness, narrow bandwidth, room temperature single photon emission. This work develops a model describing the three level population dynamics of single SiV centers in diamond nanocrystals on iridium surfaces including an intensity dependent de-shelving process. Furthermore, we investigate the brightness and photostability of single centers and find maximum single photon rates of 6.2 Mcps under continuous excitation. We investigate the collection efficiency of the fluorescence and estimate quantum efficiencies of the SiV centers.

  14. Fiber-pigtailed optical tweezer for single-atom trapping and single-photon generation

    Garcia, Sébastien; Hohmann, Leander; Reichel, Jakob; Long, Romain

    2013-01-01

    We demonstrate a miniature, fiber-coupled optical tweezer to trap a single atom. The same fiber is used to trap a single atom and to read out its fluorescence. To obtain a low background level, the tweezer light is chopped, and we measure the influence of the chopping frequency on the atom's lifetime. We use the single atom as a single-photon source at 780 nm and measure the second-order correlation function of the emitted photons. Because of its miniature, robust, fiber-pigtailed design, this tweezer can be implemented in a broad range of experiments where single atoms are used as a resource.

  15. Quantum cryptography based on realistic "single-photon" source

    Peřina, Jan; Haderka, Ondřej; Soubusta, Jan

    Rochester: Optical Society of America, 2004 - (Bigelow, N.; Eberly, J.; Stroud, C.; Walmsley, I.), --- [International Conference on Quantum Information. Rochester (US), 10.06.2003-13.06.2003] R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) LN00A015 Keywords : quantum cryptography * single-photon source Subject RIV: BH - Optics, Masers, Lasers

  16. Programming Single-Photon Wavefronts for Quantum Authentication

    Pinkse, P.W.H.; Huisman, T.J.; Huisman, S.R.; Wolterink, T.A.W.; Mosk, A.P.

    2014-01-01

    We demonstrate the ability to program the wavefront of single-photon states produced by spontaneous parametric down conversion into complex two-dimensional patterns with a spatial light modulator for application in quantum authentication and quantum communication. © 2014 OSA

  17. Single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT): Fundamentals, technique, clinical applications

    The fundamentals of SPECT (Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography) are presented, and the requirements on rotating SPECT systems are listed. SPECT with a rotating gamma camera has found general acceptance as an imaging method in nuclear medicine. Compared with conventional, two-dimensional imaging techniques, SPECT offers higher contrast and three-dimensional transversal, sagittal, coronal or oblique sectional images. (orig./MG)

  18. Photonic nanowire-based single-photon source with polarization control

    Gregersen, Niels

    2016-01-01

    This document describes a modal method for optical simulations of structures with elliptical cross sections and its application to the design of the photonic nanowire (NW)-based single-photon source (SPS). The work was carried out in the framework of the EMRP SIQUTE project ending May 31st 2016. The document summarizes the new method used to treat the elliptical cross section in an efficient manner and additionally presents design parameters for the photonic NW SPS with elliptical cross section for polarization control. The document does not introduce the new method and the elliptical photonic NW SPS design in the context of existing literature but instead dives directly into the equations. Additionally, the document assumes that the reader possess expert knowledge of general modal expansion techniques. The presented formalism does not implement Li's factorization rules nor the recently proposed open boundary geometry formalism with fast convergence towards the open geometry limit but instead relies on (older...

  19. Telecom-wavelength single-photon sources for quantum communications

    This paper describes the progress towards the realization of efficient single-photon sources based on semiconductor quantum dots (QDs), for application in quantum key distribution and, more generally, quantum communications. We describe the epitaxial growth of QD arrays with low areal density and emitting in the telecom wavelength range, the nanofabrication of single-QD structures and devices, and their optical and electro-optical characterization. The potential for integration with monolithic microcavities is also discussed

  20. Single photon detection with self-quenching multiplication

    Zheng, Xinyu (Inventor); Cunningham, Thomas J. (Inventor); Pain, Bedabrata (Inventor)

    2011-01-01

    A photoelectronic device and an avalanche self-quenching process for a photoelectronic device are described. The photoelectronic device comprises a nanoscale semiconductor multiplication region and a nanoscale doped semiconductor quenching structure including a depletion region and an undepletion region. The photoelectronic device can act as a single photon detector or a single carrier multiplier. The avalanche self-quenching process allows electrical field reduction in the multiplication region by movement of the multiplication carriers, thus quenching the avalanche.

  1. SiPM time resolution: From single photon to saturation

    Gundacker, S., E-mail: stefan.gundacker@cern.ch [European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), 1211 Geneva 23 (Switzerland); Auffray, E.; Di Vara, N.; Frisch, B.; Hillemanns, H.; Jarron, P. [European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), 1211 Geneva 23 (Switzerland); Lang, B. [Physical Chemistry Department - Sciences II - University of Geneva 30, Quai Ernest Ansermet, 1211 Geneva 4 (Switzerland); Meyer, T. [European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), 1211 Geneva 23 (Switzerland); Mosquera-Vazquez, S.; Vauthey, E. [Physical Chemistry Department - Sciences II - University of Geneva 30, Quai Ernest Ansermet, 1211 Geneva 4 (Switzerland); Lecoq, P. [European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), 1211 Geneva 23 (Switzerland)

    2013-08-01

    The time resolution of photon detection systems is important for a wide range of applications in physics and chemistry. It impacts the quality of time-resolved spectroscopy of ultrafast processes and has a direct influence on the best achievable time resolution of time-of-flight detectors in high-energy and medical physics. For the characterization of photon detectors, it is important to measure their exact timing properties in dependence of the photon flux and the operational parameters of the photodetector and its accompanying electronics. We report on the timing of silicon photomultipliers (SiPM) as a function of their bias voltage, electronics threshold settings and the number of impinging photons. We used ultrashort laser pulses at 400 nm wavelength with pulse duration below 200 fs. We focus our studies on different types of SiPMs (Hamamatsu MPPC S10931-025P, S10931-050P and S10931-100P) with different SPAD sizes (25μm, 50μm and 100μm) coupled to the ultrafast discriminator amplifier NINO. For the SiPMs, an optimum in the time resolution regarding bias and threshold settings can be reached. For the 50μm type, we achieve a single photon time resolution of 80 ps sigma, and for saturating photon fluxes better than 10 ps sigma.

  2. Operational path-phase complementarity in single-photon interferometry

    We examine two set-ups that reveal different operational implications of path-phase complementarity for single photons in a Mach-Zehnder interferometer (MZI). In both set-ups, the which-way (WW) information is recorded in the polarization state of the photon serving as a 'flying which-way detector'. In the 'predictive' variant, using a fixed initial state, one obtains duality relation between the probability to correctly predict the outcome of either a which-way (WW) or which-phase (WP) measurement (equivalent to the conventional path-distinguishability-visibility). In this set-up, only one or the other (WW or WP) prediction has operational meaning in a single experiment. In the second, 'retrodictive' protocol, the initial state is secretly selected for each photon by one party, Alice, among a set of initial states which may differ in the amplitudes and phases of the photon in each arm of the MZI. The goal of the other party, Bob, is to retrodict the initial state by measurements on the photon. Here, a similar duality relation between WP and WW probabilities governs their simultaneous guesses in each experimental run.

  3. An all-silicon single-photon source by unconventional photon blockade

    Flayac, H; Savona, V

    2015-01-01

    The lack of suitable quantum emitters in silicon and silicon-based materials has prevented the realization of room temperature, compact, stable, and integrated sources of single photons in a scalable on-chip architecture, so far. Current approaches rely on exploiting the enhanced optical nonlinearity of silicon through light confinement or slow-light propagation, and are based on parametric processes that typically require substantial input energy and spatial footprint to reach a reasonable output yield. Here we propose an alternative all-silicon device that employs a different paradigm, namely the interplay between quantum interference and the third-order intrinsic nonlinearity in a system of two coupled optical cavities. This unconventional photon blockade allows to produce antibunched radiation at extremely low input powers. We demonstrate a reliable protocol to operate this mechanism under pulsed optical excitation, as required for device applications, thus implementing a true single-photon source. We fin...

  4. Quantum Secure Direct Communication with Authentication Expansion Using Single Photons

    In this paper we propose two quantum secure direct communication (QSDC) protocols with authentication. The authentication key expansion method is introduced to improve the life of the keys with security. In the first scheme, the third party, called Trent is introduced to authenticate the users that participate in the communication. He sends the polarized photons in blocks to authenticate communication parties Alice and Bob using the authentication keys. In the communication process, polarized single photons are used to serve as the carriers, which transmit the secret messages directly. The second QSDC process with authentication between two parties is also discussed.

  5. Unified single-photon and single-electron counting statistics: From cavity QED to electron transport

    A key ingredient of cavity QED is the coupling between the discrete energy levels of an atom and photons in a single-mode cavity. The addition of periodic ultrashort laser pulses allows one to use such a system as a source of single photons--a vital ingredient in quantum information and optical computing schemes. Here we analyze and time-adjust the photon-counting statistics of such a single-photon source and show that the photon statistics can be described by a simple transport-like nonequilibrium model. We then show that there is a one-to-one correspondence of this model to that of nonequilibrium transport of electrons through a double quantum dot nanostructure, unifying the fields of photon-counting statistics and electron-transport statistics. This correspondence empowers us to adapt several tools previously used for detecting quantum behavior in electron-transport systems (e.g., super-Poissonian shot noise and an extension of the Leggett-Garg inequality) to single-photon-source experiments.

  6. Trapping a single atom with a fraction of a photon using a photonic crystal nanocavity

    van Oosten, D.; Kuipers, L.

    2011-01-01

    We consider the interaction between a single rubidium atom and a photonic crystal nanocavity. Because of the ultrasmall mode volume of the nanocavity, an extremely strong coupling regime can be achieved in which the atom can shift the cavity resonance by many cavity linewidths. We show that this shi

  7. High-efficiency single-photon source: The photonic wire geometry

    Claudon, J.; Bazin, Maela; Malik, Nitin S.;

    2009-01-01

    We present a single-photon-source design based on the emission of a quantum dot embedded in a semiconductor (GaAs) nanowire. The nanowire ends are engineered (efficient metallic mirror and tip taper) to reach a predicted record-high collection efficiency of 90% with a realistic design. Preliminary...

  8. Few-photon coherent nonlinear optics with a single molecule

    Maser, Andreas; Utikal, Tobias; Götzinger, Stephan; Sandoghdar, Vahid

    2015-01-01

    The pioneering experiments of linear spectroscopy were performed using flames in the 1800s, but nonlinear optical measurements had to wait until lasers became available in the twentieth century. Because the nonlinear cross section of materials is very small, usually macroscopic bulk samples and pulsed lasers are used. Numerous efforts have explored coherent nonlinear signal generation from individual nanoparticles or small atomic ensembles with millions of atoms. Experiments on a single semiconductor quantum dot have also been reported, albeit with a very small yield. Here, we report on coherent nonlinear spectroscopy of a single molecule under continuous-wave single-pass illumination, where efficient photon-molecule coupling in a tight focus allows switching of a laser beam by less than a handful of pump photons nearly resonant with the sharp molecular transition. Aside from their fundamental importance, our results emphasize the potential of organic molecules for applications such as quantum information pro...

  9. Apparent superluminal advancement of a single photon far beyond its coherence length

    Cialdi, S; Boscolo, I.; CASTELLI, F.; Petrillo, V.

    2008-01-01

    We present experimental results relative to superluminal propagation based on a single photon traversing an optical system, called 4f-system, which acts singularly on the photon's spectral component phases. A single photon is created by a CW laser light down{conversion process. The introduction of a linear spectral phase function will lead to the shift of the photon peak far beyond the coherence length of the photon itself (an apparent superluminal propagation of the photon). Superluminal gro...

  10. On-Chip Detection of Entangled Photons by Scalable Integration of Single-Photon Detectors

    Najafi, Faraz; Harris, Nicholas; Bellei, Francesco; Dane, Andrew; Lee, Catherine; Kharel, Prashanta; Marsili, Francesco; Assefa, Solomon; Berggren, Karl K; Englund, Dirk

    2014-01-01

    Photonic integrated circuits (PICs) have emerged as a scalable platform for complex quantum technologies using photonic and atomic systems. A central goal has been to integrate photon-resolving detectors to reduce optical losses, latency, and wiring complexity associated with off-chip detectors. Superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors (SNSPDs) are particularly attractive because of high detection efficiency, sub-50-ps timing jitter, nanosecond-scale reset time, and sensitivity from the visible to the mid-infrared spectrum. However, while single SNSPDs have been incorporated into individual waveguides, the system efficiency of multiple SNSPDs in one photonic circuit has been limited below 0.2% due to low device yield. Here we introduce a micrometer-scale flip-chip process that enables scalable integration of SNSPDs on a range of PICs. Ten low-jitter detectors were integrated on one PIC with 100% device yield. With an average system efficiency beyond 10% for multiple SNSPDs on one PIC, we demonstrate h...

  11. Multi-photon creation and single-photon annihilation of electron-positron pairs

    In this thesis we study multi-photon e+e- pair production in a trident process, and singlephoton e+e- pair annihilation in a triple interaction. The pair production is considered in the collision of a relativistic electron with a strong laser beam, and calculated within the theory of laser-dressed quantum electrodynamics. A regularization method is developed systematically for the resonance problem arising in the multi-photon process. Total production rates, positron spectra, and relative contributions of different reaction channels are obtained in various interaction regimes. Our calculation shows good agreement with existing experimental data from SLAC, and adds further insights into the experimental findings. Besides, we study the process in a manifestly nonperturbative domain, whose accessibility to future all-optical experiments based on laser acceleration is shown. In the single-photon e+e- pair annihilation, the recoil momentum is absorbed by a spectator particle. Various kinematic configurations of the three incoming particles are examined. Under certain conditions, the emitted photon exhibits distinct angular and polarization distributions which could facilitate the detection of the process. Considering an equilibrium relativistic e+e- plasma, it is found that the single-photon process becomes the dominant annihilation channel for plasma temperatures above 3 MeV. Multi-particle correlation effects are therefore essential for the e+e- dynamics at very high density. (orig.)

  12. Multi-photon creation and single-photon annihilation of electron-positron pairs

    Hu, Huayu

    2011-04-27

    In this thesis we study multi-photon e{sup +}e{sup -} pair production in a trident process, and singlephoton e{sup +}e{sup -} pair annihilation in a triple interaction. The pair production is considered in the collision of a relativistic electron with a strong laser beam, and calculated within the theory of laser-dressed quantum electrodynamics. A regularization method is developed systematically for the resonance problem arising in the multi-photon process. Total production rates, positron spectra, and relative contributions of different reaction channels are obtained in various interaction regimes. Our calculation shows good agreement with existing experimental data from SLAC, and adds further insights into the experimental findings. Besides, we study the process in a manifestly nonperturbative domain, whose accessibility to future all-optical experiments based on laser acceleration is shown. In the single-photon e{sup +}e{sup -} pair annihilation, the recoil momentum is absorbed by a spectator particle. Various kinematic configurations of the three incoming particles are examined. Under certain conditions, the emitted photon exhibits distinct angular and polarization distributions which could facilitate the detection of the process. Considering an equilibrium relativistic e{sup +}e{sup -} plasma, it is found that the single-photon process becomes the dominant annihilation channel for plasma temperatures above 3 MeV. Multi-particle correlation effects are therefore essential for the e{sup +}e{sup -} dynamics at very high density. (orig.)

  13. QUPID, a single photon sensor for extremely low radioactivity

    We have successfully developed a new photon sensor, the Quartz Photon Intensifying Detector (QUPID), for experiments such as dark matter searches and observation of double beta decay. The QUPID is a type of hybrid-photo-detector (HPD), consisting of a special bialkali photocathode considering the operation under extremely low temperature such as the temperature of liquid xenon, -108 oC, and a special avalanche photodiode for electron bombardment. The QUPID is constructed solely from extremely low radioactive materials, such as quartz and Si-avalanche photodiodes (APDs), which allows it to reach radiation levels of less than 1 mBq while being able to detect single photons. In this paper, we report superior characteristics of the QUPID confirmed by the evaluation.

  14. Single Photon studies in ATLAS with Run 2 dataset

    Aparisi Pozo, Javier Alberto; Solans Sanchez, Carlos; CERN. Geneva. EP Department

    2016-01-01

    We present a performance study of photon reconstruction within the Higgs working group of the ATLAS experiment. The analysis use a data sample of proton-proton collisions at center-of-mass energy of $\\sqrt{s} = 13~TeV$, recorded with the ATLAS detector at the LHC in 2015+2016, corresponding to a total integrated luminosity of 14.5 $fb^{-1}$ (at the moment). The performance of electron and photon reconstruction plays a critical role in the reach of many analysis, including $H\\rightarrow \\gamma \\gamma$ and $H\\rightarrow 4l$ concerning Higgs searches. This work is a study of single photon conversions with the ATLAS detector.

  15. Photonic Quantum Logic with Narrowband Light from Single Atoms

    Rubenok, Allison; Holleczek, Annemarie; Barter, Oliver; Dilley, Jerome; Nisbet-Jones, Peter B. R.; Langfahl-Klabes, Gunnar; Kuhn, Axel; Sparrow, Chris; Marshall, Graham D.; O'Brien, Jeremy L.; Poulios, Konstantinos; Matthews, Jonathan C. F.

    Atom-cavity sources of narrowband photons are a promising candidate for the future development of quantum technologies. Likewise, integrated photonic circuits have established themselves as a fore-running contender in quantum computing, security, and communication. Here we report on recent achievements to interface these two technologies: Atom-cavity sources coupled to integrated photonic circuits. Using narrow linewidth photons emitted from a single 87 Rb atom strongly coupled to a high-finesse cavity we demonstrate the successful operation of an integrated control-not gate. Furthermore, we are able to verify the generation of post-selected entanglement upon successful operation of the gate. We are able to see non-classical correlations in detection events that are up to three orders of magnitude farther apart than the time needed for light to travel across the chip. Our hybrid approach will facilitate the future development of technologies that benefit from the advantages of both integrated quantum circuits and atom-cavity photon sources. Now at: National Physics Laboratory.

  16. Limits on the deterministic creation of pure single-photon states using parametric down-conversion

    Christ, Andreas

    2011-01-01

    Parametric down-conversion (PDC) is one of the most widely used methods to create pure single-photon states for quantum information applications. However little attention has been paid to higher-order photon components in the PDC process, yet these ultimately limit the prospects of generating single-photons of high quality. In this paper we investigate the impacts of higher-order photon components and multiple frequency modes on the heralding rates and single-photon fidelities. This enables us to determine the limits of PDC sources for single-photon generation. Our results show that a perfectly single-mode PDC source in conjunction with a photon-number resolving detector is ultimately capable of creating single-photon Fock states with unit fidelity and a maximal state creation probability of 25%. Hence an array of 17 switched sources is required to build a deterministic (>99% emission probability) pure single-photon source.

  17. Automated Characterization of Single-Photon Avalanche Photodiode

    Aina Mardhiyah M. Ghazali

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available We report an automated characterization of a single-photon detector based on commercial silicon avalanche photodiode (PerkinElmer C30902SH. The photodiode is characterized by I-V curves at different illumination levels (darkness, 10 pW and 10 µW, dark count rate and photon detection efficiency at different bias voltages. The automated characterization routine is implemented in C++ running on a Linux computer. ABSTRAK: Kami melaporkan pencirian pengesan foton tunggal secara automatik berdasarkan kepada diod foto runtuhan silikon (silicon avalanche photodiode (PerkinElmer C30902SH komersial. Pencirian  diod foto adalah berdasarkan kepada plot arus-voltan (I-V pada tahap pencahayaan yang berbeza (kelam - tanpa cahaya, 10pW, dan 10µW, kadar bacaan latar belakang, kecekapan pengesanan foton pada voltan picuan yang berbeza. Pengaturcaraan C++ digunakan di dalam rutin pencirian automatik melalui komputer dengan sistem pengendalian LINUX.KEYWORDS: avalanche photodiode (APD; single photon detector; photon counting; experiment automation

  18. All-optical tailoring of single-photon spectra in a quantum-dot microcavity system

    Breddermann, Dominik; Binder, Rolf; Zrenner, Artur; Schumacher, Stefan

    2016-01-01

    Semiconductor quantum-dot cavity systems are promising sources for solid-state based on-demand generation of single photons for quantum communication. Commonly, the spectral characteristics of the emitted single photon are fixed by system properties such as electronic transition energies and spectral properties of the cavity. In the present work we study single-photon generation from the quantum-dot biexciton through a partly stimulated non-degenerate two-photon emission. We show that frequency and linewidth of the single photon can be fully controlled by the stimulating laser pulse, ultimately allowing for efficient all-optical spectral shaping of the single photon.

  19. Research in absolute calibration of single photon detectors by means of correlated photons

    Yu Feng; Xiaobing Zheng; Jianjun Li; Wei Zhang

    2006-01-01

    There are two general methods in radiometric calibration of detectors, one is based on radiation sources and the other based on detectors. Because the two methods need to establish a primary standard of high precision and a transfer chain, precision of the standard will be reduced by extension of the chain. A new calibration method of detectors can be realized by using correlated photons generated in spontaneous parametric down-conversion (SPDC) effect of nonlinear crystal, without needing transfer chain. Using 351.1-nm output of a tunable laser to pump β-barium borate (BBO) crystal, an absolute calibration experimental system of single photon detectors based on correlated photons is performed. The quantum efficiency of photomultiplier (PMT) at 702.2 nm is measured by the setup. Advantages of this method over traditional methods are also pointed out by comparison.

  20. Advanced time-correlated single photon counting techniques

    Becker, Wolfgang

    2005-01-01

    Time-correlated single photon counting (TCSPC) is a remarkable technique for recording low-level light signals with extremely high precision and picosecond-time resolution. TCSPC has developed from an intrinsically time-consuming and one-dimensional technique into a fast, multi-dimensional technique to record light signals. So this reference and text describes how advanced TCSPC techniques work and demonstrates their application to time-resolved laser scanning microscopy, single molecule spectroscopy, photon correlation experiments, and diffuse optical tomography of biological tissue. It gives practical hints about constructing suitable optical systems, choosing and using detectors, detector safety, preamplifiers, and using the control features and optimising the operating conditions of TCSPC devices. Advanced TCSPC Techniques is an indispensable tool for everyone in research and development who is confronted with the task of recording low-intensity light signals in the picosecond and nanosecond range.

  1. Localization of Narrowband Single Photon Emitters in Nanodiamonds.

    Bray, Kerem; Sandstrom, Russell; Elbadawi, Christopher; Fischer, Martin; Schreck, Matthias; Shimoni, Olga; Lobo, Charlene; Toth, Milos; Aharonovich, Igor

    2016-03-23

    Diamond nanocrystals that host room temperature narrowband single photon emitters are highly sought after for applications in nanophotonics and bioimaging. However, current understanding of the origin of these emitters is extremely limited. In this work, we demonstrate that the narrowband emitters are point defects localized at extended morphological defects in individual nanodiamonds. In particular, we show that nanocrystals with defects such as twin boundaries and secondary nucleation sites exhibit narrowband emission that is absent from pristine individual nanocrystals grown under the same conditions. Critically, we prove that the narrowband emission lines vanish when extended defects are removed deterministically using highly localized electron beam induced etching. Our results enhance the current understanding of single photon emitters in diamond and are directly relevant to fabrication of novel quantum optics devices and sensors. PMID:26937848

  2. Quantum private query based on single-photon interference

    Xu, Sheng-Wei; Sun, Ying; Lin, Song

    2016-08-01

    Quantum private query (QPQ) has become a research hotspot recently. Specially, the quantum key distribution (QKD)-based QPQ attracts lots of attention because of its practicality. Various such kind of QPQ protocols have been proposed based on different technologies of quantum communications. Single-photon interference is one of such technologies, on which the famous QKD protocol GV95 is just based. In this paper, we propose two QPQ protocols based on single-photon interference. The first one is simpler and easier to realize, and the second one is loss tolerant and flexible, and more practical than the first one. Furthermore, we analyze both the user privacy and the database privacy in the proposed protocols.

  3. Localization of narrowband single photon emitters in nanodiamonds

    Bray, Kerem; Elbadawi, Christopher; Fischer, Martin; Schreck, Matthias; Shimoni, Olga; Lobo, Charlene; Toth, Milos; Aharonovich, Igor

    2016-01-01

    Diamond nanocrystals that host room temperature narrowband single photon emitters are highly sought after for applications in nanophotonics and bio-imaging. However, current understanding of the origin of these emitters is extremely limited. In this work we demonstrate that the narrowband emitters are point defects localized at extended morphological defects in individual nanodiamonds. In particular, we show that nanocrystals with defects such as twin boundaries and secondary nucleation sites exhibit narrowband emission that is absent from pristine individual nanocrystals grown under the same conditions. Critically, we prove that the narrowband emission lines vanish when extended defects are removed deterministically using highly localized electron beam induced etching. Our results enhance the current understanding of single photon emitters in diamond, and are directly relevant to fabrication of novel quantum optics devices and sensors.

  4. Photon Cascade from a Single Crystal Phase Nanowire Quantum Dot

    Bouwes Bavinck, Maaike; Jöns, Klaus D; Zieliński, Michal; Patriarche, Gilles; Harmand, Jean-Christophe; Akopian, Nika; Zwiller, Val

    2016-01-01

    unprecedented potential to be controlled with atomic layer accuracy without random alloying. We show for the first time that crystal phase quantum dots are a source of pure single-photons and cascaded photon-pairs from type II transitions with excellent optical properties in terms of intensity and line width......We report the first comprehensive experimental and theoretical study of the optical properties of single crystal phase quantum dots in InP nanowires. Crystal phase quantum dots are defined by a transition in the crystallographic lattice between zinc blende and wurtzite segments and therefore offer....... We notice that the emission spectra consist often of two peaks close in energy, which we explain with a comprehensive theory showing that the symmetry of the system plays a crucial role for the hole levels forming hybridized orbitals. Our results state that crystal phase quantum dots have promising...

  5. Authenticated Quantum Key Distribution with Collective Detection using Single Photons

    Huang, Wei; Xu, Bing-Jie; Duan, Ji-Tong; Liu, Bin; Su, Qi; He, Yuan-Hang; Jia, Heng-Yue

    2016-05-01

    We present two authenticated quantum key distribution (AQKD) protocols by utilizing the idea of collective (eavesdropping) detection. One is a two-party AQKD protocol, the other is a multiparty AQKD protocol with star network topology. In these protocols, the classical channels need not be assumed to be authenticated and the single photons are used as the quantum information carriers. To achieve mutual identity authentication and establish a random key in each of the proposed protocols, only one participant should be capable of preparing and measuring single photons, and the main quantum ability that the rest of the participants should have is just performing certain unitary operations. Security analysis shows that these protocols are free from various kinds of attacks, especially the impersonation attack and the man-in-the-middle (MITM) attack.

  6. Quantum private query based on single-photon interference

    Xu, Sheng-Wei; Sun, Ying; Lin, Song

    2016-05-01

    Quantum private query (QPQ) has become a research hotspot recently. Specially, the quantum key distribution (QKD)-based QPQ attracts lots of attention because of its practicality. Various such kind of QPQ protocols have been proposed based on different technologies of quantum communications. Single-photon interference is one of such technologies, on which the famous QKD protocol GV95 is just based. In this paper, we propose two QPQ protocols based on single-photon interference. The first one is simpler and easier to realize, and the second one is loss tolerant and flexible, and more practical than the first one. Furthermore, we analyze both the user privacy and the database privacy in the proposed protocols.

  7. Single-photon ultrashort-lived radionuclides: symposium proceedings

    Paras, P.; Thiessen, J.W. (eds.)

    1985-01-01

    The purpose was to define the current role and state-of-the-art regarding the development, clinical applications, and usefulness of generator-produced single-photon ultrashort-lived radionuclides (SPUSLR's) and to predict their future impact on medicine. Special emphasis was placed on the generator production of iridium-191, gold-195, and krypton-81. This report contains expanded summaries of the included papers. (ACR)

  8. Single Photon Emission Tomography Imaging in Parkinsonian Disorders: A Review

    Acton, Paul D.; P. David Mozley

    2000-01-01

    Parkinsonian symptoms are associated with a number of neurodegenerative disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple system atrophy and progressive supranuclear palsy. Pathological evidence has shown clearly that these disorders are associated with a loss of neurons, particularly in the nigrostriatal dopaminergic pathway. Positron emission tomography (PET) and single photon emission tomography (SPECT) now are able to visualise and quantify changes in cerebral blood flow, glucose metabolis...

  9. Clinical results of quantitative single photon emission tomography

    In addition to the traditional skills of pattern recognition in the interpretation of images, it is necessary to add quantitative techniques, particularly in difficult problems, to determine normal and abnormal variation. Single photon emission tomography, SPET, overcomes the problems of tissue background and superficial tissue overlying a suspect lesion. Nevertheless, the goal of absolute quantitation is important in the solution to several clinical problems. The use and success of quantitative SPET in the liver, heart, adrenal and pituitary glands are reviewed. (author)

  10. Superconducting nanowire single photon detectors for quantum information and communications

    Wang, Zhen; Miki, Shigehito; Fujiwara, Mikio

    2010-01-01

    Superconducting nanowire single photon detectors (SNSPD or SSPD) are highly promising devices in the growing field of quantum information and communications technology. We have developed a practical SSPD system with our superconducting thin films and devices fabrication, optical coupling packaging, and cryogenic technology. The SSPD system consists of six-channel SSPD devices and a compact Gifford-McMahon (GM) cryocooler, and can operate continuously on 100 V ac power without the need for any...

  11. Fabrication and test of Superconducting Single Photon Detectors

    We report here on the state of our fabrication process for Superconducting Single Photon Detectors (SSPDs). We have fabricated submicrometer SSPD structures by electron beam lithography using very thin (10 nm) NbN films deposited by DC-magnetron sputtering on different substrates and at room substrate temperature. The structures show a fast optical response (risetime <500 ps limited by readout electronics) and interesting self-resetting features

  12. Optimised quantum hacking of superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors

    Tanner, Michael G.; Makarov, Vadim; Hadfield, Robert H.

    2013-01-01

    We explore bright-light control of superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors (SNSPDs) in the shunted configuration (a practical measure to avoid latching). In an experiment, we simulate an illumination pattern the SNSPD would receive in a typical quantum key distribution system under hacking attack. We show that it effectively blinds and controls the SNSPD. The transient blinding illumination lasts for a fraction of a microsecond and produces several deterministic fake clicks during th...

  13. Secure authentication of classical messages with single photons

    This paper proposes a scheme for secure authentication of classical messages with single photons and a hashed function. The security analysis of this scheme is also given, which shows that anyone cannot forge valid message authentication codes (MACs). In addition, the lengths of the authentication key and the MACs are invariable and shorter, in comparison with those presented authentication schemes. Moreover, quantum data storage and entanglement are not required in this scheme. Therefore, this scheme is more efficient and economical. (general)

  14. Coherence measures for heralded single-photon sources

    Bocquillon, E.; Couteau, C.; Razavi, M.; Laflamme, R.; Weihs, G.

    2008-01-01

    Single-photon sources (SPSs) are mainly characterized by the minimum value of their second-order coherence function, viz. their $g^{(2)}$ function. A precise measurement of $g^{(2)}$ may, however, require high time-resolution devices, in whose absence, only time-averaged measurements are accessible. These time-averaged measures, standing alone, do not carry sufficient information for proper characterization of SPSs. Here, we develop a theory, corroborated by an experiment, that allows us to s...

  15. Single-Photon Emission Computed Tomography in Neurotherapeutics

    Devous, Michael D.

    2005-01-01

    Summary: The measurement of regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) by single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) is a powerful clinical and research tool. There are several clinical applications now documented, a substantial number under active investigation, and a larger number yet to be studied. Standards regarding patient imaging environment and image presentation are becoming established. This article reviews key aspects of SPECT functional brain imaging in clinical practice, with a ...

  16. Single-photon imaging in complementary metal oxide semiconductor processes.

    Charbon, E

    2014-03-28

    This paper describes the basics of single-photon counting in complementary metal oxide semiconductors, through single-photon avalanche diodes (SPADs), and the making of miniaturized pixels with photon-counting capability based on SPADs. Some applications, which may take advantage of SPAD image sensors, are outlined, such as fluorescence-based microscopy, three-dimensional time-of-flight imaging and biomedical imaging, to name just a few. The paper focuses on architectures that are best suited to those applications and the trade-offs they generate. In this context, architectures are described that efficiently collect the output of single pixels when designed in large arrays. Off-chip readout circuit requirements are described for a variety of applications in physics, medicine and the life sciences. Owing to the dynamic nature of SPADs, designs featuring a large number of SPADs require careful analysis of the target application for an optimal use of silicon real estate and of limited readout bandwidth. The paper also describes the main trade-offs involved in architecting such chips and the solutions adopted with focus on scalability and miniaturization. PMID:24567470

  17. A Search for Single Photon Events in Neutrino Interactions

    Kullenberg, C T; Dimmery, D; Tian, X C; Autiero, D; Gninenko, S; Rubbia, A; Alekhin, S; Astier, P; Baldisseri, A; Baldo-Ceolin, M; Banner, M; Bassompierre, G; Benslama, K; Besson, N; Bird, I; Blumenfeld, B; Bobisut, F; Bouchez, J; Boyd, S; Bueno, A; Bunyatov, S; Camilleri, L; Cardini, A; Cattaneo, P W; Cavasinni, V; Cervera-Villanueva, A; Challis, R; Chukanov, A; Collazuol, G; Conforto, G; Conta, C; Contalbrigo, M; Cousins, R; Degaudenzi, H; De Santo, A; Del Prete, T.; Di Lella, L; do Couto e Silva, E; Dumarchez, J; Ellis, M; Feldman, G J; Ferrari, R; Ferrere, D.; Flaminio, V; Fraternali, M; Gaillard, J M; Gangler, E; Geiser, A; Geppert, D; Gibin, D; Godley, A; Gomez-Cadenas, J J; Gosset, J; Gossling, C; Gouanere, M.; Grant, A; Graziani, G; Guglielmi, A; Hagner, C; Hernando, J; Hurst, P; Hyett, N; Iacopini, E; Joseph, C; Juget, F; Kent, N; Klimov, O; Kokkonen, J; Kovzelev, A; Krasnoperov, A; Kim, J J; Kirsanov, M.; Kulagin, S; Lacaprara, S; Lachaud, C; Lakic, B; Lanza, A; La Rotonda, L; Laveder, M; Letessier-Selvon, A; Levy, J M; Ling, J; Linssen, L; Ljubicic, A; Long, J; Lupi, A; Lyubushkin, V; Marchionni, A; Martelli, F; Mechain, X; Mendiburu, J P; Meyer, J P; Mezzetto, M; Moorhead, G F; Naumov, D; Nedelec, P; Nefedov, Yu; Nguyen-Mau, C; Orestano, D; Pastore, F; Peak, L S; Pennacchio, E; Pessard, H; Petti, R.; Placci, A; Polesello, G; Pollmann, D; Polyarush, A; Poulsen, C; Popov, B; Rebuffi, L; Rico, J; Riemann, P; Roda, C; Salvatore, F; Samoylov, O; Schahmaneche, K; Schmidt, B; Schmidt, T; Sconza, A; Scott, A.M.; Seaton, M.B.; Sevior, M; Sillou, D; Soler, F.J.P.; Sozzi, G; Steele, D; Stiegler, U; Stipcevic, M; Stolarczyk, Th.; Tareb-Reyes, M.; Taylor, G.N.; Tereshchenko, V.; Toropin, A.; Touchard, A.-M.; Tovey, S.N.; Tran, M.-T.; Tsesmelis, E.; Ulrichs, J.; Vacavant, L.; Valdata-Nappi, M.; Valuev, V.; Vannucci, F.; Varvell, K.E.; Veltri, M.; Vercesi, V.; Vidal-Sitjes, G.; Vieira, J.-M.; Vinogradova, T.; Weber, F.V.; Weisse, T.; Wilson, F.F.; Winton, L.J.; Wu, Q.; Yabsley, B.D.; Zaccone, H.; Zuber, K.; Zuccon, P.

    2012-01-01

    We present a search for neutrino-induced events containing a single, exclusive photon using data from the NOMAD experiment at the CERN SPS where the average energy of the neutrino flux is $\\simeq 25$ GeV. The search is motivated by an excess of electron-like events in the 200--475 MeV energy region as reported by the MiniBOONE experiment. In NOMAD, photons are identified via their conversion to $e^+e^-$ in an active target embedded in a magnetic field. The background to the single photon signal is dominated by the asymmetric decay of neutral pions produced either in a coherent neutrino-nucleus interaction, or in a neutrino-nucleon neutral current deep inelastic scattering, or in an interaction occurring outside the fiducial volume. All three backgrounds are determined {\\it in situ} using control data samples prior to opening the `signal-box'. In the signal region, we observe {\\bf 155} events with a predicted background of {\\bf 129.2 $\\pm$ 8.5 $\\pm$ 3.3}. We interpret this as null evidence for excess of single...

  18. High-fidelity frequency down-conversion of visible entangled photon pairs with superconducting single-photon detectors

    Ikuta, Rikizo; Kato, Hiroshi; Kusaka, Yoshiaki; Yamamoto, Takashi; Imoto, Nobuyuki [Graduate School of Engineering Science, Osaka University, Toyonaka, Osaka 560-8531 (Japan); Miki, Shigehito; Yamashita, Taro; Terai, Hirotaka; Wang, Zhen [Advanced ICT Research Institute, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Kobe 651-2492 (Japan); Fujiwara, Mikio; Sasaki, Masahide [Advanced ICT Research Institute, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Koganei, Tokyo 184-8795 (Japan); Koashi, Masato [Photon Science Center, The University of Tokyo, Bunkyo-ku, 113-8656 (Japan)

    2014-12-04

    We experimentally demonstrate a high-fidelity visible-to-telecommunicationwavelength conversion of a photon by using a solid-state-based difference frequency generation. In the experiment, one half of a pico-second visible entangled photon pair at 780 nm is converted to a 1522-nm photon. Using superconducting single-photon detectors with low dark count rates and small timing jitters, we observed a fidelity of 0.93±0.04 after the wavelength conversion.

  19. Feasibility of detecting single atoms using photonic bandgap cavities

    Lev, B I; Barclay, P; Painter, O J; Mabuchi, H; Lev, Benjamin; Srinivasan, Kartik; Barclay, Paul; Painter, Oskar; Mabuchi, Hideo

    2004-01-01

    We propose an atom-cavity chip that combines laser cooling and trapping of neutral atoms with magnetic microtraps and waveguides to deliver a cold atom to the mode of a fiber taper coupled photonic bandgap (PBG) cavity. The feasibility of this device for detecting single atoms is analyzed using both a semi-classical treatment and an unconditional master equation approach. Single-atom detection seems achievable in an initial experiment involving the non-deterministic delivery of weakly trapped atoms into the mode of the PBG cavity.

  20. Molecular single photon double K-shell ionization

    Penent, F., E-mail: francis.penent@upmc.fr [UPMC, Université Paris 06, LCPMR, 11 rue P. et M. Curie, 75231 Paris Cedex 05 (France); CNRS, LCPMR (UMR 7614), 11 rue P. et M. Curie, 75231 Paris Cedex 05 (France); Nakano, M. [Photon Factory, Institute of Materials Structure Science, Oho, Tsukuba 305-0801 (Japan); Department of Chemistry, Tokyo Institute of Technology, O-okayama, Tokyo 152-8551 (Japan); Tashiro, M. [Institute for Molecular Science, Okazaki 444-8585 (Japan); Grozdanov, T.P. [Institute of Physics, University of Belgrade, Pregrevica 118, 11080 Belgrade (Serbia); Žitnik, M. [Jožef Stefan Institute, P.O. Box 3000, SI-1001 Ljubljana (Slovenia); Carniato, S.; Selles, P.; Andric, L.; Lablanquie, P.; Palaudoux, J. [UPMC, Université Paris 06, LCPMR, 11 rue P. et M. Curie, 75231 Paris Cedex 05 (France); CNRS, LCPMR (UMR 7614), 11 rue P. et M. Curie, 75231 Paris Cedex 05 (France); Shigemasa, E.; Iwayama, H. [Institute for Molecular Science, Okazaki 444-8585 (Japan); Hikosaka, Y.; Soejima, K. [Department of Environmental Science, Niigata University, Niigata 950-2181 (Japan); Suzuki, I.H. [Photon Factory, Institute of Materials Structure Science, Oho, Tsukuba 305-0801 (Japan); Kouchi, N. [Department of Chemistry, Tokyo Institute of Technology, O-okayama, Tokyo 152-8551 (Japan); Ito, K. [Photon Factory, Institute of Materials Structure Science, Oho, Tsukuba 305-0801 (Japan)

    2014-10-15

    We have studied single photon double K-shell ionization of small molecules (N{sub 2}, CO, C{sub 2}H{sub 2n} (n = 1–3), …) and the Auger decay of the resulting double core hole (DCH) molecular ions thanks to multi-electron coincidence spectroscopy using a magnetic bottle time-of-flight spectrometer. The relative cross-sections for single-site (K{sup −2}) and two-site (K{sup −1}K{sup −1}) double K-shell ionization with respect to single K-shell (K{sup −1}) ionization have been measured that gives important information on the mechanisms of single photon double ionization. The spectroscopy of two-site (K{sup −1}K{sup −1}) DCH states in the C{sub 2}H{sub 2n} (n = 1–3) series shows important chemical shifts due to a strong dependence on the C-C bond length. In addition, the complete cascade Auger decay following single site (K{sup −2}) ionization has been obtained.

  1. The photonic nanowire: an emerging platform for highly efficient single-photon sources for quantum information applications

    Gregersen, Niels; Munsch, Mathieu; Malik, Nitin S.; Bleuse, Joël; Dupuy, Emmanuel; Delga, Adrien; Mørk, Jesper; Gérard, Jean-Michel; Claudon, Julien

    2013-01-01

    Efficient coupling between a localized quantum emitter and a well defined optical channel represents a powerful route to realize single-photon sources and spin-photon interfaces. The tailored fiber-like photonic nanowire embedding a single quantum dot has recently demonstrated an appealing...... first implementation of this strategy has lead to an ultra-bright single-photon source with a first-lens external efficiency of 0.75 ± 0.1 and a predicted coupling to a Gaussian beam of 0.61 ± 0.08....

  2. Efficient and robust fiber coupling of superconducting single photon detectors

    Dorenbos, S N; Driessen, E F C; Zwiller, V

    2011-01-01

    We applied a recently developed fiber coupling technique to superconducting single photon detectors (SSPDs). As the detector area of SSPDs has to be kept as small as possible, coupling to an optical fiber has been either inefficient or unreliable. Etching through the silicon substrate allows fabrication of a circularly shaped chip which self aligns to the core of a ferrule terminated fiber in a fiber sleeve. In situ alignment at cryogenic temperatures is unnecessary and no thermal stress during cooldown, causing misalignment, is induced. We measured the quantum efficiency of these devices with an attenuated tunable broadband source. The combination of a lithographically defined chip and high precision standard telecommunication components yields near unity coupling efficiency and a system detection efficiency of 34% at a wavelength of 1200 nm. This quantum efficiency measurement is confirmed by an absolute efficiency measurement using correlated photon pairs (with $\\lambda$ = 1064 nm) produced by spontaneous ...

  3. A single probe for imaging photons, electrons and physical forces

    Pilet, Nicolas; Lisunova, Yuliya; Lamattina, Fabio; Stevenson, Stephanie E.; Pigozzi, Giancarlo; Paruch, Patrycja; Fink, Rainer H.; Hug, Hans J.; Quitmann, Christoph; Raabe, Joerg

    2016-06-01

    The combination of complementary measurement techniques has become a frequent approach to improve scientific knowledge. Pairing of the high lateral resolution scanning force microscopy (SFM) with the spectroscopic information accessible through scanning transmission soft x-ray microscopy (STXM) permits assessing physical and chemical material properties with high spatial resolution. We present progress from the NanoXAS instrument towards using an SFM probe as an x-ray detector for STXM measurements. Just by the variation of one parameter, the SFM probe can be utilised to detect either sample photo-emitted electrons or transmitted photons. This allows the use of a single probe to detect electrons, photons and physical forces of interest. We also show recent progress and demonstrate the current limitations of using a high aspect ratio coaxial SFM probe to detect photo-emitted electrons with very high lateral resolution. Novel probe designs are proposed to further progress in using an SFM probe as a STXM detector.

  4. Modal coupling of single photons to a nanofibre

    Gaio, Michele; Castro-Lopez, Marta; Pisignano, Dario; Camposeo, Andrea; Sapienza, Riccardo

    2015-01-01

    Nanoscale quantum optics of individual light emitters placed in confined geometries is developing as an exciting new research field aiming at efficient manipulation of single-photons . This requires selective channelling of light into specific optical modes of nanophotonic structures. Hybrid photonic systems combining emitters with nanostructured media can yield this functionality albeit limited by the required nanometre-scale spatial and spectral coupling. Furthermore, assessing the coupling strength presents significant challenges and disentangling the different modal contribution is often impossible. Here, we show that momentum spectroscopy of individually addressed emitters, embedded in a nanofibre, can be used to quantify the modal coupling efficiency to the nanofibre modes. For free-standing polymer nanofibres doped with colloidal quantum dots, we report broadband coupling to the fundamental mode of up $\\beta_{01}=31\\pm2\\%$, in robust agreement with theoretical calculations. Electrospun soft-matter nano...

  5. Proposal for calibration of a single-photon counting detector without the need of input photon flux calibration

    A method for calibration of single-photon detectors without the need of input photon flux calibration is presented. The method relies on the use of waveguide-coupled single photon detectors and a series of photon-counting measurements using a single-photon source. It is shown that the method can yield relative uncertainties of less than 1% including counting statistics and fiber splice loss uncertainties with a total measurement time of about 1 h under the assumptions that the fractional losses of the waveguide-coupled detectors are known or zero and the loss along the waveguide is constant. It is also shown that the fractional losses of the waveguide-coupled detectors can be determined if they are equal. However, in this case an input photon flux calibration is required. (paper)

  6. All-optical tailoring of single-photon spectra in a quantum-dot microcavity system

    Breddermann, Dominik; Heinze, Dirk; Binder, Rolf; Zrenner, Artur; Schumacher, Stefan

    2016-01-01

    Semiconductor quantum-dot cavity systems are promising sources for solid-state based on-demand generation of single photons for quantum communication. Commonly, the spectral characteristics of the emitted single photon are fixed by system properties such as electronic transition energies and spectral properties of the cavity. In the present work we study single-photon generation from the quantum-dot biexciton through a partly stimulated non-degenerate two-photon emission. We show that frequen...

  7. Non-blinking single-photon emitters in silica

    Rabouw, Freddy T.; Cogan, Nicole M. B.; Berends, Anne C.; Stam, Ward van der; Vanmaekelbergh, Daniel; Koenderink, A. Femius; Krauss, Todd D.; Donega, Celso de Mello

    2016-01-01

    Samples for single-emitter spectroscopy are usually prepared by spin-coating a dilute solution of emitters on a microscope cover slip of silicate based glass (such as quartz). Here, we show that both borosilicate glass and quartz contain intrinsic defect colour centres that fluoresce when excited at 532 nm. In a microscope image the defect emission is indistinguishable from spin-coated emitters. The emission spectrum is characterised by multiple peaks with the main peak between 2.05 and 2.20 eV, most likely due to coupling to a silica vibration with an energy that varies between 160 and 180 meV. The defects are single-photon emitters, do not blink, and have photoluminescence lifetimes of a few nanoseconds. Photoluminescence from such defects may previously have been misinterpreted as originating from single nanocrystal quantum dots. PMID:26892489

  8. Quantum dots as single-photon sources for quantum information processing

    Unitt, D C [Toshiba Research Europe Ltd, 260 Cambridge Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge CB4 0WE (United Kingdom); Bennett, A J [Toshiba Research Europe Ltd, 260 Cambridge Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge CB4 0WE (United Kingdom); Atkinson, P [Cavendish Laboratory, Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 0HE (United Kingdom); Cooper, K [Cavendish Laboratory, Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 0HE (United Kingdom); See, P [Toshiba Research Europe Ltd, 260 Cambridge Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge CB4 0WE (United Kingdom); Gevaux, D [Toshiba Research Europe Ltd, 260 Cambridge Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge CB4 0WE (United Kingdom); Ward, M B [Toshiba Research Europe Ltd, 260 Cambridge Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge CB4 0WE (United Kingdom); Stevenson, R M [Toshiba Research Europe Ltd, 260 Cambridge Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge CB4 0WE (United Kingdom); Ritchie, D A [Cavendish Laboratory, Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 0HE (United Kingdom); Shields, A J [Toshiba Research Europe Ltd, 260 Cambridge Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge CB4 0WE (United Kingdom)

    2005-07-01

    Semiconductor pillar microcavities containing quantum dots have shown promise as efficient sources of single and correlated pairs of photons, which may find applications in quantum information processing. In this paper we discuss the use of these sources to generate single photons and the use of pillars with elliptical cross-section to enhance and select a particular photon state. Single-photon interference measurements are also performed and show coherence times of up to 180 ps for quasi-resonantly pumped dots. Hong-Ou-Mandel-type two-photon interference measurements using a fibre interferometer indicate that individually created photons display a large degree of indistinguishability.

  9. Strong coupling between single atoms and non-transversal photons

    Full text: We investigate the interaction between single quantum emitters and non-transversally polarized photons for which the electric field vector amplitude has a significant component in the direction of propagation. Even though this situation seems to be at odds with the description of light as a transverse wave, it regularly occurs when inter-facing or manipulating emitters with non-paraxial, guided, or evanescent light. Here, we quantitatively investigate this phenomenon for the case of single 85Rb atoms that strongly interact with a bottle-micro resonator - a novel type of whispering-gallery-mode (WGM) micro resonator. Our experimental results show that the non-transversal polarization decisively alters the physics of light–matter interaction. In addition they demonstrate that WGM resonators constitute a novel class of micro resonators that can, e.g., simultaneously sustain three orthogonally polarized eigenmodes. Building on our improved understanding, we investigate pathways to future WGM resonator based photonic devices. As a first example, we simultaneously interface the resonator with two coupling fibers, and use a single atom to route the incoming light between the optical fibers. (author)

  10. Comparison of adenosine and treadmill exercise thallium-201 stress tests for the detection of coronary artery disease.

    Abe, S; Takeishi, Y; Chiba, J; Ikeda, K; Tomoike, H

    1993-12-01

    To determine the clinical usefulness of adenosine Tl-201 imaging for the evaluation of coronary artery disease, 22 patients with suspected coronary artery disease who underwent adenosine and exercise Tl-201 single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) were studied. The peak levels of heart rate (83 vs 123 bpm, p pressure products (10220 vs 20410 bpm x mmHg, p < 0.001) were markedly smaller during adenosine infusion than during exercise. Segmental agreements between adenosine and exercise tests were 90% (218 of 242 segments) regarding the presence of perfusion defects and 89% (215 of 242 segments) regarding the presence of redistribution. Regional Tl-201 uptake (r = 0.85, p < 0.001) and the extent (r = 0.75, p < 0.001) and intensity (r = 0.83, p < 0.001) of Tl-201 defects during adenosine testing were closely correlated with those of exercise testing. Adenosine and exercise tests showed similar sensitivities for the identification of individual coronary stenosis (85% vs 78%). However, in patients who were unable to perform adequate exercise (maximal heart rate < 120 bpm), the sensitivity of adenosine imaging tended to be higher than that of exercise imaging (92% vs 69%, p = 0.07). Adenosine Tl-201 imaging is an alternative to the exercise test for assessing the severity and loci of coronary artery disease, especially in patients who are unable to perform adequate physical exercise. PMID:8283603

  11. Single-Photon Switching and Entanglement of Solid-State Qubits in an Integrated Nanophotonic System

    Sipahigil, Alp; Sukachev, Denis D; Burek, Michael J; Borregaard, Johannes; Bhaskar, Mihir K; Nguyen, Christian T; Pacheco, Jose L; Atikian, Haig A; Meuwly, Charles; Camacho, Ryan M; Jelezko, Fedor; Bielejec, Edward; Park, Hongkun; Lončar, Marko; Lukin, Mikhail D

    2016-01-01

    Efficient interfaces between photons and quantum emitters form the basis for quantum networks and enable nonlinear optical devices operating at the single-photon level. We demonstrate an integrated platform for scalable quantum nanophotonics based on silicon-vacancy (SiV) color centers coupled to nanoscale diamond devices. By placing SiV centers inside diamond photonic crystal cavities, we realize a quantum-optical switch controlled by a single color center. We control the switch using SiV metastable orbital states and verify optical switching at the single-photon level by using photon correlation measurements. We use Raman transitions to realize a single-photon source with a tunable frequency and bandwidth in a diamond waveguide. Finally, we create entanglement between two SiV centers by detecting indistinguishable Raman photons emitted into a single waveguide. Entanglement is verified using a novel superradiant feature observed in photon correlation measurements, paving the way for the realization of quantu...

  12. Single photon detector tests for the LHC synchrotron light diagnostics

    A synchrotron light detector using a Single-Photon Avalanche Detector (SPAD) is planned for the LHC longitudinal diagnostics monitor, an application which requires high count rate, low noise and good time resolution. SPAD detectors have been developed at Milan Polytechnic with active quenching circuits. Initial tests of these detectors and currently available commercial time-to-digital data acquisition equipment were made at the ESRF. We present the results of those tests, an estimation of the performance that can be expected for the LHC case and an analysis of the difficulties, constraints and potential of this type of detector. (authors)

  13. Multi-group dynamic quantum secret sharing with single photons

    Liu, Hongwei; Ma, Haiqiang; Wei, Kejin; Yang, Xiuqing; Qu, Wenxiu; Dou, Tianqi; Chen, Yitian; Li, Ruixue; Zhu, Wu

    2016-07-01

    In this letter, we propose a novel scheme for the realization of single-photon dynamic quantum secret sharing between a boss and three dynamic agent groups. In our system, the boss can not only choose one of these three groups to share the secret with, but also can share two sets of independent keys with two groups without redistribution. Furthermore, the security of communication is enhanced by using a control mode. Compared with previous schemes, our scheme is more flexible and will contribute to a practical application.

  14. Optimised quantum hacking of superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors

    Tanner, Michael G.; Makarov, Vadim; Hadfield, Robert H.

    2014-03-01

    We explore bright-light control of superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors (SNSPDs) in the shunted configuration (a practical measure to avoid latching). In an experiment, we simulate an illumination pattern the SNSPD would receive in a typical quantum key distribution system under hacking attack. We show that it effectively blinds and controls the SNSPD. The transient blinding illumination lasts for a fraction of a microsecond and produces several deterministic fake clicks during this time. This attack does not lead to elevated timing jitter in the spoofed output pulse, and hence does not introduce significant errors. Five different SNSPD chip designs were tested. We consider possible countermeasures to this attack.

  15. High bit rate germanium single photon detectors for 1310nm

    Seamons, J. A.; Carroll, M. S.

    2008-04-01

    There is increasing interest in development of high speed, low noise and readily fieldable near infrared (NIR) single photon detectors. InGaAs/InP Avalanche photodiodes (APD) operated in Geiger mode (GM) are a leading choice for NIR due to their preeminence in optical networking. After-pulsing is, however, a primary challenge to operating InGaAs/InP single photon detectors at high frequencies1. After-pulsing is the effect of charge being released from traps that trigger false ("dark") counts. To overcome this problem, hold-off times between detection windows are used to allow the traps to discharge to suppress after-pulsing. The hold-off time represents, however, an upper limit on detection frequency that shows degradation beginning at frequencies of ~100 kHz in InGaAs/InP. Alternatively, germanium (Ge) single photon avalanche photodiodes (SPAD) have been reported to have more than an order of magnitude smaller charge trap densities than InGaAs/InP SPADs2, which allowed them to be successfully operated with passive quenching2 (i.e., no gated hold off times necessary), which is not possible with InGaAs/InP SPADs, indicating a much weaker dark count dependence on hold-off time consistent with fewer charge traps. Despite these encouraging results suggesting a possible higher operating frequency limit for Ge SPADs, little has been reported on Ge SPAD performance at high frequencies presumably because previous work with Ge SPADs has been discouraged by a strong demand to work at 1550 nm. NIR SPADs require cooling, which in the case of Ge SPADs dramatically reduces the quantum efficiency of the Ge at 1550 nm. Recently, however, advantages to working at 1310 nm have been suggested which combined with a need to increase quantum bit rates for quantum key distribution (QKD) motivates examination of Ge detectors performance at very high detection rates where InGaAs/InP does not perform as well. Presented in this paper are measurements of a commercially available Ge APD

  16. Secure authentication of classical messages with single photons

    Wang Tian-Yin; Wen Qiao-Yan; Zhu Fu-Chen

    2009-01-01

    This paper proposes a scheme for secure authentication of classical messages with single photons and a hashed function.The security analysis of this scheme is also given,which shows that anyone cannot forge valid message authentication codes (MACs).In addition,the lengths of the authentication key and the MACs are invariable and shorter,in comparison with those presented authentication schemes.Moreover,quantum data storage and entanglement are not required in this scheme.Therefore,this scheme is more efficient and economical.

  17. Strong Single-Photon Coupling in Superconducting Quantum Magnetomechanics

    Via, Guillem; Kirchmair, Gerhard; Romero-Isart, Oriol

    2015-04-01

    We show that the inductive coupling between the quantum mechanical motion of a superconducting microcantilever and a flux-dependent microwave quantum circuit can attain the strong single-photon nanomechanical coupling regime with feasible experimental parameters. We propose to use a superconducting strip, which is in the Meissner state, at the tip of a cantilever. A pickup coil collects the flux generated by the sheet currents induced by an external quadrupole magnetic field centered at the strip location. The position-dependent magnetic response of the superconducting strip, enhanced by both diamagnetism and demagnetizing effects, leads to a strong magnetomechanical coupling to quantum circuits.

  18. cGMP in Mouse Rods: the spatiotemporal dynamics underlying single photon responses

    Owen P. Gross

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Vertebrate vision begins when retinal photoreceptors transduce photons into membrane hyperpolarization, which reduces glutamate release onto second-order neurons. In rod photoreceptors, transduction of single photons is achieved by a well-understood G-protein cascade that modulates cGMP levels, and in turn, cGMP-sensitive inward current. The spatial extent and depth of the decline in cGMP during the single photon response have been major issues in phototransduction research since the discovery that single photons elicit substantial and reproducible changes in membrane current. The spatial profile of cGMP decline during the single photon response affects signal gain, and thus may contribute to reduction of trial-to-trial fluctuations in the single photon response. Here we summarize the general principles of rod phototransduction, emphasizing recent advances in resolving the spatiotemporal dynamics of cGMP during the single photon response.

  19. Single-Photon Superradiance from a Quantum Dot.

    Tighineanu, Petru; Daveau, Raphaël S; Lehmann, Tau B; Beere, Harvey E; Ritchie, David A; Lodahl, Peter; Stobbe, Søren

    2016-04-22

    We report on the observation of single-photon superradiance from an exciton in a semiconductor quantum dot. The confinement by the quantum dot is strong enough for it to mimic a two-level atom, yet sufficiently weak to ensure superradiance. The electrostatic interaction between the electron and the hole comprising the exciton gives rise to an anharmonic spectrum, which we exploit to prepare the superradiant quantum state deterministically with a laser pulse. We observe a fivefold enhancement of the oscillator strength compared to conventional quantum dots. The enhancement is limited by the base temperature of our cryostat and may lead to oscillator strengths above 1000 from a single quantum emitter at optical frequencies. PMID:27152804

  20. Single-Photon Superradiance from a Quantum Dot

    Tighineanu, Petru; Daveau, Raphaël S.; Lehmann, Tau B.; Beere, Harvey E.; Ritchie, David A.; Lodahl, Peter; Stobbe, Søren

    2016-04-01

    We report on the observation of single-photon superradiance from an exciton in a semiconductor quantum dot. The confinement by the quantum dot is strong enough for it to mimic a two-level atom, yet sufficiently weak to ensure superradiance. The electrostatic interaction between the electron and the hole comprising the exciton gives rise to an anharmonic spectrum, which we exploit to prepare the superradiant quantum state deterministically with a laser pulse. We observe a fivefold enhancement of the oscillator strength compared to conventional quantum dots. The enhancement is limited by the base temperature of our cryostat and may lead to oscillator strengths above 1000 from a single quantum emitter at optical frequencies.

  1. Single-electron pulse selector for a photon counting system

    A basic circuit of a single-electron pulse selector used in a low-intensity photon detection system is described. The selector is used integrally with photomultipliers of the FEU-79 and FEU-106 types with a fast response ranging from 10 to 15 ns. It discriminates pulses with amplitudes most likely for single-electron condition. The selector consists of a differential discriminator and a preamplifier with an amplification factor exceeding 30. The selector can operate with input pulses with a duration of more than 5 ns. The output pulse duration is 5 ns and it does not depend on the input pulse diration. The discrimination threshold can be controlled in the range from 0.1 to 10 mV

  2. A bright on-demand source of indistinguishable single photons at telecom wavelengths

    Kim, Je-Hyung; Richardson, Christopher J K; Leavitt, Richard P; Waks, Edo

    2015-01-01

    Long-distance quantum communication relies on the ability to efficiently generate and prepare single photons at telecom wavelengths. In many applications these photons must also be indistinguishable such that they exhibit interference on a beamsplitter, which implements effective photon-photon interactions. However, deterministic generation of indistinguishable single photons with high brightness remains a challenging problem. We demonstrate a telecom wavelength source of indistinguishable single photons using an InAs/InP quantum dot in a nanophotonic cavity. The cavity enhances the quantum dot emission, resulting in a nearly Gaussian transverse mode profile with high out-coupling efficiency exceeding 46%, leading to detected photon count rates that would exceed 1.5 million counts per second. We also observe Purcell enhanced spontaneous emission rate as large as 4. Using this source, we generate linearly polarized, high purity single photons at telecom-wavelength and demonstrate the indistinguishable nature o...

  3. Sensitivity to the Gravitino mass from single-photon spectrum at TESLA Linear Collider

    Checchia, P

    1999-01-01

    The spectrum of single-photon events detected in the forward and in the barrel region of a TESLA linear collider detector was studied in order to investigate the production of superlight Gravitino pairs associated with a photon.

  4. Generation and efficient measurement of single photons from fixed frequency superconducting qubits

    Kindel, William F.; Schroer, M. D.; Lehnert, K. W.

    2015-01-01

    We demonstrate and evaluate an on-demand source of single itinerant microwave photons. Photons are generated using a highly coherent, fixed-frequency qubit-cavity system, and a protocol where the microwave control field is far detuned from the photon emission frequency. By using a Josephson parametric amplifier (JPA), we perform efficient single-quadrature detection of the state emerging from the cavity. We characterize the imperfections of the photon generation and detection, including detec...

  5. Collaborative single target detection for depth imaging from sparse single-photon data

    Altmann, Yoann; McCarthy, Aongus; Buller, Gerald S; McLaughlin, Steve

    2016-01-01

    This paper presents a new Bayesian model and associated algorithm for depth and intensity profiling using full waveforms from time-correlated single-photon counting (TCSPC) measurements in the limit of very low photon counts (i.e., typically less than $20$ photons per pixel). The model represents each Lidar waveform as an unknown constant background level, which is combined in the presence of a target, to a known impulse response weighted by the target intensity and finally corrupted by Poisson noise. The joint target detection and depth imaging problem is expressed as a pixel-wise model selection and estimation problem which is solved using Bayesian inference. Prior knowledge about the problem is embedded in a hierarchical model that describes the dependence structure between the model parameters while accounting for their constraints. In particular, Markov random fields (MRFs) are used to model the joint distribution of the background levels and of the target presence labels, which are both expected to exhi...

  6. High-quality asynchronous heralded single-photon source at telecom wavelength

    We report on the experimental realization and characterization of an asynchronous heralded single-photon source based on spontaneous parametric down-conversion. Photons at 1550 nm are heralded as being inside a single-mode fibre with more than 60% probability, and the multi-photon emission probability is reduced by a factor of up to more than 500 compared to Poissonian light sources. These figures of merit, together with the choice of telecom wavelength for the heralded photons, are compatible with practical applications needing very efficient and robust single-photon sources

  7. Adenosine-induced activation of esophageal nociceptors.

    Ru, F; Surdenikova, L; Brozmanova, M; Kollarik, M

    2011-03-01

    Clinical studies implicate adenosine acting on esophageal nociceptive pathways in the pathogenesis of noncardiac chest pain originating from the esophagus. However, the effect of adenosine on esophageal afferent nerve subtypes is incompletely understood. We addressed the hypothesis that adenosine selectively activates esophageal nociceptors. Whole cell perforated patch-clamp recordings and single-cell RT-PCR analysis were performed on the primary afferent neurons retrogradely labeled from the esophagus in the guinea pig. Extracellular recordings were made from the isolated innervated esophagus. In patch-clamp studies, adenosine evoked activation (inward current) in a majority of putative nociceptive (capsaicin-sensitive) vagal nodose, vagal jugular, and spinal dorsal root ganglia (DRG) neurons innervating the esophagus. Single-cell RT-PCR analysis indicated that the majority of the putative nociceptive (transient receptor potential V1-positive) neurons innervating the esophagus express the adenosine receptors. The neural crest-derived (spinal DRG and vagal jugular) esophageal nociceptors expressed predominantly the adenosine A(1) receptor while the placodes-derived vagal nodose nociceptors expressed the adenosine A(1) and/or A(2A) receptors. Consistent with the studies in the cell bodies, adenosine evoked activation (overt action potential discharge) in esophageal nociceptive nerve terminals. Furthermore, the neural crest-derived jugular nociceptors were activated by the selective A(1) receptor agonist CCPA, and the placodes-derived nodose nociceptors were activated by CCPA and/or the selective adenosine A(2A) receptor CGS-21680. In contrast to esophageal nociceptors, adenosine failed to stimulate the vagal esophageal low-threshold (tension) mechanosensors. We conclude that adenosine selectively activates esophageal nociceptors. Our data indicate that the esophageal neural crest-derived nociceptors can be activated via the adenosine A(1) receptor while the placodes

  8. Radiation burst from a single γ-photon field

    The radiation burst from a single γ-photon field interacting with a dense resonant absorber is studied theoretically and experimentally. This effect was discovered for the fist time by P. Helisto et al.[Phys. Rev. Lett. 66, 2037 (1991)] and it was named the ''gamma echo''. The echo is generated by a 180° phase shift of the incident radiation field, attained by an abrupt change of the position of the absorber with respect to the radiation source during the coherence time of the photon wave packet. Three distinguishing cases of the gamma echo are considered; i.e., the photon is in exact resonance with the absorber, close to resonance (on the slope of the absorption line), and far from resonance (on the far wings of the resonance line). In resonance the amplitude of the radiation burst is two times larger than the amplitude of the input radiation field just before its phase shift. This burst was explained by Helisto et al. as a result of constructive interference of the coherently scattered field with the phase-shifted input field, both having almost the same amplitude. We found that out of resonance the scattered radiation field acquires an additional component with almost the same amplitude as the amplitude of the incident radiation field. The phase of the additional field depends on the optical thickness of the absorber and resonant detuning. Far from resonance this field interferes destructively with the phase-shifted incident radiation field and radiation quenching is observed. Close to resonance the three fields interfere constructively and the amplitude of the radiation burst is three times larger than the amplitude of the input radiation field.

  9. Experimental studies of single-photon photodetachment of atomic anions

    Duvvuri, Srividya S.

    Laser photodetachment electron spectroscopy (LPES) has been used to study the structure of the terbium anion. The data was analyzed assuming that the terbium anion forms in dysprosium-like states. Using this assumption, the electron affinity of Tb([Xe]4f96s 2 6 Ho15/2 ) equals 1.98 +/- 0.10 eV, and the ground state of the terbium anion is assigned to the Dy-like Tb-([Xe]4f 106s2 5I 8) electronic configuration. At lust two bound excited states of Tb - are also evident in the photoelectron kinetic energy spectra, with binding energies of 0.449 +/- 0.01 and 1.67 +/- 0.07 eV relative to the Tb(6 Ho15/2 ) ground state. The energy scale of each Tb- photoelectron spectrum way calibrated using reference photoelectron peaks from 12 C-, 16O- and 23Na-, which have well known binding energies [1]. Photoelectron angular distribution measurements following the single-photon photodetachment of the lanthanide anions Tb- and Lu - are also presented. The asymmetry parameters were determined from the non-linear least-square fits of the photoelectron yields as a function of the angle between the photon polarization vector and the photoelectron momentum vector of the collected photoelectrons. The measurements indicated the single-photon photodetachment process hnu + Tb -([Xe]4f106s 2 5I8) → Tb([Xe]4 f96s2 6) Ho15/2 + e - has beta values of 1.51 +/- 0.08 and 1.35 +/- 0.08 at wavelengths of 514.5 and 488 nm, respectively. For Lu -, the fine-structure resolved photodetachment process hnu +Lu-([Xe]4f146s 26p5d 1D 2) → Lu([Xe]4f145 d6s2 2D 3/2) + e-, has been measured at wavelength of 532 nm yielding beta = 0.8 +/- 0.1, supporting the assertion that Lu - forms via the attachment of a 6p-electron to the neutral Lu atom [2]. Finally, photodetachment cross sections and the angular distributions of photo-electrons produced by the single-photon detachment of the Fe - and Cu- have also been measured at discrete visible photon wavelengths. From the measured photodetachment cross sections, the

  10. Triangular nanobeam photonic cavities in single crystal diamond

    Bayn, Igal; Salzman, Joseph; Kalish, Rafi

    2011-01-01

    Diamond photonics provides an attractive architecture to explore room temperature cavity quantum electrodynamics and to realize scalable multi-qubit computing. Here we review the present state of diamond photonic technology. The design, fabrication and characterization of a novel triangular cross section nanobeam cavity produced in a single crystal diamond is demonstrated. The present cavity design, based on a triangular cross section allows vertical confinement and better signal collection efficiency than that of slab-based nanocavities, and eliminates the need for a pre-existing membrane. The nanobeam is fabricated by Focused-Ion-Beam (FIB) patterning. The cavity is characterized by a confocal photoluminescence. The modes display quality factors of Q ~220 and are deviated in wavelength by only ~1.7nm from the NV- color center zero phonon line (ZPL). The measured results are found in good agreement with 3D Finite-Difference-Time-Domain (FDTD) calculations. A more advanced cavity design with Q=22,000 is model...

  11. Triangular nanobeam photonic cavities in single-crystal diamond

    Diamond photonics provides an attractive architecture to explore room temperature cavity quantum electrodynamics and to realize scalable multi-qubit computing. Here, we review the present state of diamond photonic technology. The design, fabrication and characterization of a novel nanobeam cavity produced in a single crystal diamond are demonstrated. The present cavity design, based on a triangular cross-section, allows vertical confinement and better signal collection efficiency than that of slab-based nanocavities and eliminates the need for a pre-existing membrane. The nanobeam is fabricated by focused-ion-beam (FIB) patterning. The cavity is characterized by confocal photoluminescence. The modes display quality factors of Q∼220 and deviate in wavelength by only ∼1.7 nm from the nitrogen-vacancy (NV-) color center zero phonon line (ZPL). The measured results are found to be in good agreement with three-dimensional finite-difference-time-domain (FDTD) calculations. A more advanced cavity design with Q=22 000 is modeled, showing the potential for high-Q implementations using the triangular geometry. The prospects of this concept and its application in spin non-demolition measurement and quantum computing are discussed.

  12. Room temperature mid-IR single photon spectral imaging

    Dam, Jeppe Seidelin; Tidemand-Lichtenberg, Peter

    2012-01-01

    Spectral imaging and detection of mid-infrared (mid-IR) wavelengths are emerging as an enabling technology of great technical and scientific interest; primarily because important chemical compounds display unique and strong mid-IR spectral fingerprints revealing valuable chemical information. While modern Quantum cascade lasers have evolved as ideal coherent mid-IR excitation sources, simple, low noise, room temperature detectors and imaging systems still lag behind. We address this need presenting a novel, field-deployable, upconversion system for sensitive, 2-D, mid-IR spectral imaging. Measured room temperature dark noise is 0.2 photons/spatial element/second, which is a billion times below the dark noise level of cryogenically cooled InSb cameras. Single photon imaging and up to 200 x 100 spatial elements resolution is obtained reaching record high continuous wave quantum efficiency of about 20 % for polarized incoherent light at 3 \\mum. The proposed method is relevant for existing and new mid-IR applicat...

  13. Direct Photonic-Plasmonic Coupling and Routing in Single Nanowires

    Yan, Rouxue; Pausauskie, Peter; Huang, Jiaxing; Yang, Piedong

    2009-10-20

    Metallic nanoscale structures are capable of supporting surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs), propagating collective electron oscillations with tight spatial confinement at the metal surface. SPPs represent one of the most promising structures to beat the diffraction limit imposed by conventional dielectric optics. Ag nano wires have drawn increasing research attention due to 2D sub-100 nm mode confinement and lower losses as compared with fabricated metal structures. However, rational and versatile integration of Ag nanowires with other active and passive optical components, as well as Ag nanowire based optical routing networks, has yet to be achieved. Here, we demonstrate that SPPs can be excited simply by contacting a silver nanowire with a SnO2 nanoribbon that serves both as an unpolarized light source and a dielectric waveguide. The efficient coupling makes it possible to measure the propagation-distance-dependent waveguide spectra and frequency-dependent propagation length on a single Ag nanowire. Furthermore, we have demonstrated prototypical photonic-plasmonic routing devices, which are essential for incorporating low-loss Ag nanowire waveguides as practical components into high-capacity photonic circuits.

  14. Two-photon interference at telecom wavelengths for time-bin-encoded single photons from quantum-dot spin qubits

    Yu, Leo; Natarajan, Chandra M.; Horikiri, Tomoyuki; Langrock, Carsten; Pelc, Jason S.; Tanner, Michael G.; Abe, Eisuke; Maier, Sebastian; Schneider, Christian; Höfling, Sven; Kamp, Martin; Hadfield, Robert H.; Fejer, Martin M.; Yamamoto, Yoshihisa

    2015-11-01

    Practical quantum communication between remote quantum memories rely on single photons at telecom wavelengths. Although spin-photon entanglement has been demonstrated in atomic and solid-state qubit systems, the produced single photons at short wavelengths and with polarization encoding are not suitable for long-distance communication, because they suffer from high propagation loss and depolarization in optical fibres. Establishing entanglement between remote quantum nodes would further require the photons generated from separate nodes to be indistinguishable. Here, we report the observation of correlations between a quantum-dot spin and a telecom single photon across a 2-km fibre channel based on time-bin encoding and background-free frequency downconversion. The downconverted photon at telecom wavelengths exhibits two-photon interference with another photon from an independent source, achieving a mean wavepacket overlap of greater than 0.89 despite their original wavelength mismatch (900 and 911 nm). The quantum-networking operations that we demonstrate will enable practical communication between solid-state spin qubits across long distances.

  15. Two-photon interference at telecom wavelengths for time-bin-encoded single photons from quantum-dot spin qubits.

    Yu, Leo; Natarajan, Chandra M; Horikiri, Tomoyuki; Langrock, Carsten; Pelc, Jason S; Tanner, Michael G; Abe, Eisuke; Maier, Sebastian; Schneider, Christian; Höfling, Sven; Kamp, Martin; Hadfield, Robert H; Fejer, Martin M; Yamamoto, Yoshihisa

    2015-01-01

    Practical quantum communication between remote quantum memories rely on single photons at telecom wavelengths. Although spin-photon entanglement has been demonstrated in atomic and solid-state qubit systems, the produced single photons at short wavelengths and with polarization encoding are not suitable for long-distance communication, because they suffer from high propagation loss and depolarization in optical fibres. Establishing entanglement between remote quantum nodes would further require the photons generated from separate nodes to be indistinguishable. Here, we report the observation of correlations between a quantum-dot spin and a telecom single photon across a 2-km fibre channel based on time-bin encoding and background-free frequency downconversion. The downconverted photon at telecom wavelengths exhibits two-photon interference with another photon from an independent source, achieving a mean wavepacket overlap of greater than 0.89 despite their original wavelength mismatch (900 and 911 nm). The quantum-networking operations that we demonstrate will enable practical communication between solid-state spin qubits across long distances. PMID:26597223

  16. Heralded single-photon source utilizing highly nondegenerate, spectrally factorable spontaneous parametric downconversion.

    Kaneda, Fumihiro; Garay-Palmett, Karina; U'Ren, Alfred B; Kwiat, Paul G

    2016-05-16

    We report on the generation of an indistinguishable heralded single-photon state, using highly nondegenerate spontaneous parametric downconversion (SPDC). Spectrally factorable photon pairs can be generated by incorporating a broadband pump pulse and a group-velocity matching (GVM) condition in a periodically-poled potassium titanyl phosphate (PPKTP) crystal. The heralding photon is in the near IR, close to the peak detection efficiency of off-the-shelf Si single-photon detectors; meanwhile, the heralded photon is in the telecom L-band where fiber losses are at a minimum. We observe spectral factorability of the SPDC source and consequently high purity (90%) of the produced heralded single photons by several different techniques. Because this source can also realize a high heralding efficiency (> 90%), it would be suitable for time-multiplexing techniques, enabling a pseudo-deterministic single-photon source, a critical resource for optical quantum information and communication technology. PMID:27409894

  17. Quantum dot single photon sources: prospects for applications in linear optics quantum information processing

    Kiraz, A; Imamoglu, A

    2003-01-01

    An optical source that produces single photon pulses on demand has potential applications in linear optics quantum information processing, provided that stringent requirements on indistinguishability and collection efficiency of the generated photons are met. We show that these are conflicting requirements for anharmonic emitters that are incoherently pumped via reservoirs. As a model for a coherently pumped single photon source, we consider cavity-assisted spin-flip Raman transitions in a single charged quantum dot embedded in a microcavity. We demonstrate that using such a source, arbitrarily high collection efficiency and indistinguishability of the generated photons can be obtained simultaneously with increased cavity coupling. We analyze the role of errors that arise from distinguishability of the single photon pulses in linear optics quantum gates by relating the gate fidelity to the strength of the two-photon interference dip in photon cross-correlation measurements. We find that performing controlled ...

  18. All-fibre multiplexed source of high-purity heralded single photons

    Francis-Jones, Robert J A; Mosley, Peter J

    2016-01-01

    Single photon sources based on spontaneous photon-pair generation have enabled pioneering experiments in quantum optics. However, their non-determinism presents a bottleneck to scaling up photonic and hybrid quantum-enhanced technologies. Furthermore, photon pairs are typically emitted into many correlated frequency modes, producing an undesirable mixed state on heralding. Here we present a complete fibre-integrated heralded single photon source that addresses both these difficulties simultaneously. We use active switching to provide a path to deterministic operation by multiplexing separate spontaneous sources, and dispersion engineering to minimise frequency correlation for high-purity single photon generation. All the essential elements -- nonlinear material with dispersion control, wavelength isolation, optical delay, and fast switching -- are incorporated in a low-loss alignment-free package that heralds photons in telecoms single-mode fibre. Our results demonstrate a scalable approach to delivering pure...

  19. SPECT single photon emission computed tomography: A primer

    This book aims to assist nuclear medicine technologists in expanding their knowledge of nuclear medicine to include SPECT. The text of this primer is written with the assumption that the reader is proficient in most elements of nuclear medicine technology; therefore, the information is limited to data that will answer the basic questions of single-photon emission computed tomography .... The authors' goal is to bring the basics of this material together in a manner that would answer the technologist's fundamental questions. The authors have designed this primer in a generic manner to be used as an extension of the manufacturer's operating manual .... A glossary is included which contains some of the terminology relevant to the specialty, and reading lists are provided at the end of each chapter to direct the reader to more comprehensive text on specific subjects

  20. Technology development for a single-photon source

    m to 1.5 μm was obtained. To achieve high collection efficiency, the quantum dots should be embedded into photonic crystals. An ArCl2-etch-process was developed which enables the etch of small features in AlxGayIn1-x-yAs material system to transfer the Si3N4-pattern into the semiconductor. Using this process the fabricated photonic crystals with L3-cavities had Q-factors around 2200. Any concept using a cavity needs a mechanism to control the frequency-detuning between the mode and the quantum dots, due to the inhomogeneous frequency broadening of the quantum dots. Thus an in-situ tuning mechanism is required for adjusting the emission wavelength of the quantum dot or cavity mode, respectively. This concept intents to use the quantum confined Stark effect (QCSE) to force the emission of a single photon out of a quantum dot into the photonic crystal mode. This is realized using a reversed biased Schottky contact to cause a red-shift of the emission of a single quantum dot. Electroluminescence measurements on the device show, that even with very low currents of 14.5 μA the saturation intensity of single quantum dots could be reached. (orig.)

  1. Signs of cerebral atrophy on single-photon emission tomography.

    Wong, C O; Meyerrose, G E; Sostre, S

    1994-05-01

    Cerebral atrophy often coexists with other brain disorders and by itself may alter the pattern of cerebral perfusion. If unrecognized, it may confound diagnoses based on brain single-photon emission tomography (SPET). In this retrospective study, we describe and evaluate criteria for the diagnosis of cerebral atrophy on technetium-99m hexamethylpropylene amine oxime brain SPET studies. The SPET scans of 11 patients with cerebral atrophy and ten controls were evaluated for the presence of a prominent interhemispheric fissure, presence of prominent cerebral sulci, separation of thalamic nuclei, and pronounced separation of caudate nuclei. The SPET studies were interpreted by two independent observers blind to the findings of magnetic resonance imaging, which provided the final diagnosis of cerebral atrophy. The combination of the four scintigraphic signs was accurate in the diagnosis of cerebral atrophy in 95% of the cases and had a sensitivity of 91% and a specificity of 100%. PMID:8062851

  2. Collective magnetic splitting in single-photon superradiance

    Kong, Xiangjin

    2016-01-01

    In an ensemble of identical atoms, cooperative effects like sub- or superradiance may alter the decay rates and the energy of specific transitions may be shifted from the single-atom value by the so-called collective Lamb shift. So far, one has considered these effects in ensembles of two-level systems only. In this work we show that in a system with atoms or nuclei under the action of an external magnetic field, an additional, so far unaccounted for collective contribution to the level shifts appears that can amount to seizable deviations from the single-atom Zeeman or magnetic hyperfine splitting. We develop a formalism to describe single-photon superradiance in multi-level systems and quantify the parameter regime for which the collective Lamb shift leads to measurable deviations in the magnetic-field-induced splitting. In particular, we show that this effect should be observable in the nuclear magnetic hyperfine splitting in M\\"ossbauer nuclei embedded in thin-film x-ray cavities.

  3. Single-Photon Avalanche Diodes (SPAD) in CMOS 0.35 µm technology

    Pellion, D; Jradi, K; Brochard, Nicolas; Prêle, D.; Ginhac, Dominique

    2015-01-01

    Some decades ago single photon detection used to be the terrain of photomultiplier tube (PMT), thanks to its characteristics of sensitivity and speed. However, PMT has several disadvantages such as low quantum efficiency, overall dimensions, and cost, making them unsuitable for compact design of integrated systems. So, the past decade has seen a dramatic increase in interest in new integrated single-photon detectors called Single-Photon Avalanche Diodes (SPAD) or Geiger-mode APD. SPAD are wor...

  4. Single Semiconductor Quantum Dots in Microcavities: Bright sources of indistinguishable Photons

    Schneider, C.; Gold, P.; Lu, C. -Y.; Höfling, S.; Pan, J. -W.; Kamp, M.

    2015-01-01

    In this chapter we will discuss the technology and experimental techniques to realize quantum dot (QD) single photon sources combining high outcoupling efficiencies and highest degrees of non-postselected photon indistinguishability. The system, which is based on ultra low density InAs QDs embedded in a quasi planar single sided microcavity with natural photonic traps is an ideal testbed to study quantum light emission from single QDs. We will discuss the influence of the excitation condition...

  5. Single Photon Subradiance: Quantum control of spontaneous emission and ultrafast readout

    Scully, Marlan O.

    2015-01-01

    Recent work has shown that collective single photon emission from an ensemble of resonate two-level atoms, i.e. single photon superradiance, is a rich field of study. The present paper addresses the flip side of superradiance, i.e. subradiance. Single photon subradiant states are potentially stable against collective spontaneous emission and can have ultrafast readout. In particular it is shown how many atom collective effects provide a new way to control spontaneous emission by preparing and...

  6. Single photon time transfer link model for GNSS satellites

    Vacek, Michael; Michalek, Vojtech; Peca, Marek; Prochazka, Ivan; Blazej, Josef

    2015-05-01

    The importance of optical time transfer serving as a complement to traditional microwave links, has been attested for GNSSes and for scientific missions. Single photon time transfer (SPTT) is a process, allowing to compare (subtract) time readings of two distant clocks. Such a comparison may be then used to synchronize less accurate clock to a better reference, to perform clock characterization and calibration, to calculate mean time out of ensemble of several clocks, displaced in space. The single-photon time transfer is well established in field of space geodesy, being supported by passive retro-reflectors within space segment of five known GNSSes. A truly two-way, active terminals work aboard of Jason-2 (T2L2) - multiphoton operation, GNSS Beidou (Compass) - SPTT, and are going to be launched within recent ACES project (ELT) - SPTT, and GNSS GLONASS - multiphoton operation. However, there is still missing comprehensive theoretical model of two-way (using satellite receiver and retroreflector) SPTT link incorporating all crucial parameters of receiver (both ground and space segment receivers), transmitter, atmosphere effects on uplink and downlink path, influence of retroreflector. The input to calculation of SPTT link performance will be among others: link budget (distance, power, apertures, beam divergence, attenuation, scattering), propagating medium (atmosphere scintillation, beam wander, etc.), mutual Tx/Rx velocity, wavelength. The SPTT model will be evaluated without the properties of real components. These will be added in the further development. The ground-to-space SPTT link performance of typical scenarios are modeled. This work is a part of the ESA study "Comparison of optical time-transfer links."

  7. Source of single photons and interferometry with one photon. From the Young's slit experiment to the delayed choice

    This manuscript is divided in two independent parts. In the first part, we study the wave-particle duality for a single photon emitted by the triggered photoluminescence of a single NV color center in a diamond nano-crystal. We first present the realization of a single-photon interference experiment using a Fresnel's bi-prism, in a scheme equivalent to the standard Young's double-slit textbook experiment. We then discuss the complementarity between interference and which-path information in this two-path interferometer. We finally describe the experimental realization of Wheeler's delayed-choice Gedanken experiment, which is a fascinating and subtle illustration of wave-particle duality. The second part of the manuscript is devoted to the efficiency improvement of single-photon sources. We first describe the implementation of a new single-photon source based on the photoluminescence of a single nickel-related defect center in diamond. The photophysical properties of such defect make this single-photon source well adapted to open-air quantum cryptography. We finally demonstrate an original method that leads to an improvement of single-molecule photo stability at room temperature. (author)

  8. Experimental open-air quantum key distribution with a single-photon source

    We describe the implementation of a quantum key distribution (QKD) system using a single-photon source, operating at night in open air. The single-photon source at the heart of the functional and reliable set-up relies on the pulsed excitation of a single nitrogen-vacancy colour centre in a diamond nanocrystal. We tested the effect of attenuation on the polarized encoded photons for inferring the longer distance performance of our system. For strong attenuation, the use of pure single-photon states gives measurable advantage over systems relying on weak attenuated laser pulses. The results are in good agreement with theoretical models developed to assess QKD security

  9. Time-division phase modulated single-photon interference in a Sagnac interferometer

    WU Guang; ZHOU Chunyuan; ZENG Heping

    2003-01-01

    We introduce a stable, long-distance single- photon Sagnac interferometer, which has a balanced configuration to efficiently compensate phase drift caused by change of the fiber-optic path. By using time-division phase modulation, single-photon interference was realized at 1550 nm in a 5-km-long as well as 27-km-long Sagnac fiber loops, with a fringe visibility higher than 90% and long-term stability. The stable performance of the single-photon interference indicated that the time-division phase-modulated Sag- nac interferometer might readily lead to practical applications in single-photon routing and quantum cryptography.

  10. Custom single-photon avalanche diode with integrated front-end for parallel photon timing applications.

    Cammi, C; Panzeri, F; Gulinatti, A; Rech, I; Ghioni, M

    2012-03-01

    Emerged as a solid state alternative to photo multiplier tubes (PMTs), single-photon avalanche diodes (SPADs) are nowadays widely used in the field of single-photon timing applications. Custom technology SPADs assure remarkable performance, in particular a 10 counts/s dark count rate (DCR) at low temperature, a high photon detection efficiency (PDE) with a 50% peak at 550 nm and a 30 ps (full width at half maximum, FWHM) temporal resolution, even with large area devices, have been obtained. Over the past few years, the birth of novel techniques of analysis has led to the parallelization of the measurement systems and to a consequent increasing demand for the development of monolithic arrays of detectors. Unfortunately, the implementation of a multidimensional system is a challenging task from the electrical point of view; in particular, the avalanche current pick-up circuit, used to obtain the previously reported performance, has to be modified in order to enable high parallel temporal resolution, while minimizing the electrical crosstalk probability between channels. In the past, the problem has been solved by integrating the front-end electronics next to the photodetector, in order to reduce the parasitic capacitances and consequently the filtering action on the current signal of the SPAD, leading to an improvement of the timing jitter at higher threshold. This solution has been implemented by using standard complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) technologies, which, however, do not allow a complete control on the SPAD structure; for this reason the intrinsic performance of CMOS SPADs, such as DCR, PDE, and afterpulsing probability, are worse than those attainable with custom detectors. In this paper, we propose a pixel architecture, which enables the development of custom SPAD arrays in which every channel maintains the performance of the best single photodetector. The system relies on the integration of the timing signal pick-up circuit next to the

  11. Custom single-photon avalanche diode with integrated front-end for parallel photon timing applications

    Cammi, C.; Panzeri, F.; Gulinatti, A.; Rech, I.; Ghioni, M.

    2012-03-01

    Emerged as a solid state alternative to photo multiplier tubes (PMTs), single-photon avalanche diodes (SPADs) are nowadays widely used in the field of single-photon timing applications. Custom technology SPADs assure remarkable performance, in particular a 10 counts/s dark count rate (DCR) at low temperature, a high photon detection efficiency (PDE) with a 50% peak at 550 nm and a 30 ps (full width at half maximum, FWHM) temporal resolution, even with large area devices, have been obtained. Over the past few years, the birth of novel techniques of analysis has led to the parallelization of the measurement systems and to a consequent increasing demand for the development of monolithic arrays of detectors. Unfortunately, the implementation of a multidimensional system is a challenging task from the electrical point of view; in particular, the avalanche current pick-up circuit, used to obtain the previously reported performance, has to be modified in order to enable high parallel temporal resolution, while minimizing the electrical crosstalk probability between channels. In the past, the problem has been solved by integrating the front-end electronics next to the photodetector, in order to reduce the parasitic capacitances and consequently the filtering action on the current signal of the SPAD, leading to an improvement of the timing jitter at higher threshold. This solution has been implemented by using standard complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) technologies, which, however, do not allow a complete control on the SPAD structure; for this reason the intrinsic performance of CMOS SPADs, such as DCR, PDE, and afterpulsing probability, are worse than those attainable with custom detectors. In this paper, we propose a pixel architecture, which enables the development of custom SPAD arrays in which every channel maintains the performance of the best single photodetector. The system relies on the integration of the timing signal pick-up circuit next to the

  12. Efficient multi-mode to single-mode conversion in a 61 port photonic lantern

    Noordegraaf, Danny; Skovgaard, Peter M. W.; Dybendahl Maack, Martin;

    2010-01-01

    We demonstrate the fabrication of a multi-mode (MM) to 61 port single-mode (SM) splitter or "Photonic Lantern". Low port count Photonic Lanterns were first described by Leon-Saval et al. (2005). These are based on a photonic crystal fiber type design, with air-holes defining the multi-mode fiber ...

  13. Fast Path and Polarization Manipulation of Telecom Wavelength Single Photons in Lithium Niobate Waveguide Devices

    Bonneau, D.; Lobino, M.; Jiang, P.; Natarajan, C.M.; Tanner, M.G.; Hadfield, R.H.; Dorenbos, S.N.; Zwiller, V.; Thompson, M.G.; O'Brien, J.L.

    2012-01-01

    We demonstrate fast polarization and path control of photons at 1550 nm in lithium niobate waveguide devices using the electro-optic effect. We show heralded single photon state engineering, quantum interference, fast state preparation of two entangled photons, and feedback control of quantum interf

  14. High Count Rate Single Photon Counting Detector Array Project

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — An optical communications receiver requires efficient and high-rate photon-counting capability so that the information from every photon, received at the aperture,...

  15. Video recording true single-photon double-slit interference

    Aspden, Reuben S.; Padgett, Miles J.; Spalding, Gabriel C.

    2016-01-01

    As normally used, no commercially available camera has a low-enough dark noise to directly produce video recordings of double-slit interference at the photon-by-photon level, because readout noise significantly contaminates or overwhelms the signal. In this work, noise levels are significantly reduced by turning on the camera only when the presence of a photon has been heralded by the arrival, at an independent detector, of a time-correlated photon produced via parametric down-conversion. Thi...

  16. Interference with a quantum dot single-photon source and a laser at telecom wavelength

    Felle, M. [Toshiba Research Europe Limited, Cambridge Research Laboratory, 208 Cambridge Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge CB4 0GZ (United Kingdom); Centre for Advanced Photonics and Electronics, University of Cambridge, J.J. Thomson Avenue, Cambridge CB3 0FA (United Kingdom); Huwer, J., E-mail: jan.huwer@crl.toshiba.co.uk; Stevenson, R. M.; Skiba-Szymanska, J.; Ward, M. B.; Shields, A. J. [Toshiba Research Europe Limited, Cambridge Research Laboratory, 208 Cambridge Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge CB4 0GZ (United Kingdom); Farrer, I.; Ritchie, D. A. [Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, J.J. Thomson Avenue, Cambridge CB3 0HE (United Kingdom); Penty, R. V. [Centre for Advanced Photonics and Electronics, University of Cambridge, J.J. Thomson Avenue, Cambridge CB3 0FA (United Kingdom)

    2015-09-28

    The interference of photons emitted by dissimilar sources is an essential requirement for a wide range of photonic quantum information applications. Many of these applications are in quantum communications and need to operate at standard telecommunication wavelengths to minimize the impact of photon losses and be compatible with existing infrastructure. Here, we demonstrate for the first time the quantum interference of telecom-wavelength photons from an InAs/GaAs quantum dot single-photon source and a laser; an important step towards such applications. The results are in good agreement with a theoretical model, indicating a high degree of indistinguishability for the interfering photons.

  17. Interference with a quantum dot single-photon source and a laser at telecom wavelength

    The interference of photons emitted by dissimilar sources is an essential requirement for a wide range of photonic quantum information applications. Many of these applications are in quantum communications and need to operate at standard telecommunication wavelengths to minimize the impact of photon losses and be compatible with existing infrastructure. Here, we demonstrate for the first time the quantum interference of telecom-wavelength photons from an InAs/GaAs quantum dot single-photon source and a laser; an important step towards such applications. The results are in good agreement with a theoretical model, indicating a high degree of indistinguishability for the interfering photons

  18. A bright single-photon source based on a photonic trumpet

    Munsch, Mathieu; Malik, Nitin S.; Bleuse, Joël;

    be brought close to unity with a proper engineering of the wire ends. In particular, a tapering of the top wire end is necessary to achieve a directive far-field emission pattern [1]. Recently, we have realized a single-photon source featuring a needle-like taper. The source efficiency, though record...... with a divergence controlled by the top-facet diameter: for a top diameter of 1.5 µm, less than 5% of the light is scattered outside the collection cone of a lens with a 0.75 NA. iii) the large top facet also simplifies the implementation of a top electrode, to achieve an electrical driving of the device [3]. Using...

  19. Electrically pumped single-photon emission at room temperature from a single InGaN/GaN quantum dot

    We demonstrate a semiconductor quantum dot based electrically pumped single-photon source operating at room temperature. Single photons emitted in the red spectral range from single In0.4Ga0.6N/GaN quantum dots exhibit a second-order correlation value g(2)(0) of 0.29, and fast recombination lifetime ∼1.3 ±0.3 ns at room temperature. The single-photon source can be driven at an excitation repetition rate of 200 MHz.

  20. Controlling Single-Photon Transport along an Optical Waveguide by using a Three-Level Atom

    TIAN Wei; CHEN Bin; XU Wei-Dong

    2012-01-01

    We theoretically investigate the single-photon transport properties in an optical waveguide embedded with a V-type three-level atom (VTLA) based on symmetric and asymmetric couplings between the photon and the VTLA.Our numerical results show that the transmission spectrum of the incident photon can be well controlled by virtue of both symmetric and asymmetric coupling interactions.A multifrequency photon attenuator is realized by controlling the asymmetric coupling interactions.Furthermore,the influences of dissipation of the VTLA for the realistic physical system on single-photon transport properties are also analyzed.

  1. Wide-field single photon counting imaging with an ultrafast camera and an image intensifier

    We are reporting a method for wide-field photon counting imaging using a CMOS camera with a 40 kHz frame rate coupled with a three-stage image intensifier mounted on a standard fluorescence microscope. This system combines high frame rates with single photon sensitivity. The output of the phosphor screen, consisting of single-photon events, is collected by a CMOS camera allowing to create a wide-field image with parallel positional and timing information of each photon. Using a pulsed excitation source and a luminescent sample, the arrival time of hundreds of photons can be determined simultaneously in many pixels with microsecond resolution.

  2. High Speed Travelling Wave Single-Photon Detectors With Near-Unity Quantum Efficiency

    Pernice, W; Minaeva, O; Li, M; Goltsman, G N; Sergienko, A V; Tang, H X

    2011-01-01

    Ultrafast, high quantum efficiency single photon detectors are among the most sought-after elements in modern quantum optics and quantum communication. Close-to-unity photon detection efficiency is essential for scalable measurement-based quantum computation, quantum key distribution, and loophole-free Bell experiments. However, imperfect modal matching and finite photon absorption rates have usually limited the maximum attainable detection efficiency of single photon detectors. Here we demonstrate a superconducting nanowire detector atop nanophotonic waveguides and achieve single photon detection efficiency up to 94% at telecom wavelengths. Our detectors are fully embedded in a scalable, low loss silicon photonic circuit and provide ultrashort timing jitter of 18ps at multi-GHz detection rates. Exploiting this high temporal resolution we demonstrate ballistic photon transport in silicon ring resonators. The direct implementation of such a detector with high quantum efficiency, high detection speed and low ji...

  3. Photon counting imaging and centroiding with an electron-bombarded CCD using single molecule localisation software

    Hirvonen, Liisa M.; Barber, Matthew J.; Suhling, Klaus

    2016-06-01

    Photon event centroiding in photon counting imaging and single-molecule localisation in super-resolution fluorescence microscopy share many traits. Although photon event centroiding has traditionally been performed with simple single-iteration algorithms, we recently reported that iterative fitting algorithms originally developed for single-molecule localisation fluorescence microscopy work very well when applied to centroiding photon events imaged with an MCP-intensified CMOS camera. Here, we have applied these algorithms for centroiding of photon events from an electron-bombarded CCD (EBCCD). We find that centroiding algorithms based on iterative fitting of the photon events yield excellent results and allow fitting of overlapping photon events, a feature not reported before and an important aspect to facilitate an increased count rate and shorter acquisition times.

  4. Radiation dose to small infants from single-photon absorptiometry

    The radiation dose to the patient resulting from single-photon absorptiometry (SPA), now a widely used method for measuring bone mineral content (BMC) in vivo in infants and children, was evaluated. Lithium fluoride chips were placed on a phantom with a BMC in the small infant range (60 and 145 mg/cm). Measurement procedures mimicked the actual clinical sequence. The radiation exposure for a single BMC measurement is 46-70 mrad (460-700 microGy) to the forearm surface and 25-38 mrad (250-380 microGy) and 125-190 mrad (1,250-1,900 microGy) to the bone marrow and the bone, respectively. When eight repeated measurements are performed over a 1-year period, the radiation dose is about 368-560 mrad (3,680-5,600 microGy) to the forearm surface and 200-305 mrad (2,000-3,050 microGy) and 1,000-1,525 mrad (10.0-15.25 mGy) to the bone marrow and the bone, respectively. Even though the radiation dose is small, this method should be used only in well-designed clinical studies

  5. Superconducting nanowire single photon detectors for quantum information and communications

    Wang, Zhen; Fujiwara, Mikio

    2010-01-01

    Superconducting nanowire single photon detectors (SNSPD or SSPD) are highly promising devices in the growing field of quantum information and communications technology. We have developed a practical SSPD system with our superconducting thin films and devices fabrication, optical coupling packaging, and cryogenic technology. The SSPD system consists of six-channel SSPD devices and a compact Gifford-McMahon (GM) cryocooler, and can operate continuously on 100 V ac power without the need for any cryogens. The SSPD devices were fabricated from high-quality niobium nitride (NbN) ultra-thin films that were epitaxially grown on single-crystal MgO substrates. The packaged SSPD devices were temperature stabilized to 2.96 K +/- 10 mK. The system detection efficiency for an SSPD device with an area of 20x20 $\\mu m^2$ was found to be 2.6% and 4.5% at wavelengths of 1550 and 1310 nm, respectively, at a dark count rate of 100 c/s, and a jitter of 100 ps full width at half maximum (FWHM). We also performed ultra-fast BB84 q...

  6. Proceedings of clinical SPECT [single photon emission computed tomography] symposium

    It has been five years since the last in-depth American College of Nuclear Physicians/Society of Nuclear Medicine Symposium on the subject of single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) was held. Because this subject was nominated as the single most desired topic we have selected SPECT imaging as the basis for this year's program. The objectives of this symposium are to survey the progress of SPECT clinical applications that have taken place over the last five years and to provide practical and timely guidelines to users of SPECT so that this exciting imaging modality can be fully integrated into the evaluation of pathologic processes. The first half was devoted to a consideration of technical factors important in SPECT acquisition and the second half was devoted to those organ systems about which sufficient clinical SPECT imaging data are available. With respect to the technical aspect of the program we have selected the key areas which demand awareness and attention in order to make SPECT operational in clinical practice. These include selection of equipment, details of uniformity correction, utilization of phantoms for equipment acceptance and quality assurance, the major aspect of algorithms, an understanding of filtered back projection and appropriate choice of filters and an awareness of the most commonly generated artifacts and how to recognize them. With respect to the acquisition and interpretation of organ images, the faculty will present information on the major aspects of hepatic, brain, cardiac, skeletal, and immunologic imaging techniques. Individual papers are processed separately for the data base

  7. Single-photon transport through an atomic chain coupled to a one-dimensional nanophotonic waveguide

    Liao, Zeyang; Zeng, Xiaodong; Zhu, Shi-Yao; Zubairy, M. Suhail

    2015-08-01

    We study the dynamics of a single-photon pulse traveling through a linear atomic chain coupled to a one-dimensional (1D) single mode photonic waveguide. We derive a time-dependent dynamical theory for this collective many-body system which allows us to study the real time evolution of the photon transport and the atomic excitations. Our analytical result is consistent with previous numerical calculations when there is only one atom. For an atomic chain, the collective interaction between the atoms mediated by the waveguide mode can significantly change the dynamics of the system. The reflectivity of a photon can be tuned by changing the ratio of coupling strength and the photon linewidth or by changing the number of atoms in the chain. The reflectivity of a single-photon pulse with finite bandwidth can even approach 100 % . The spectrum of the reflected and transmitted photon can also be significantly different from the single-atom case. Many interesting physical phenomena can occur in this system such as the photonic band-gap effects, quantum entanglement generation, Fano-like interference, and superradiant effects. For engineering, this system may serve as a single-photon frequency filter, single-photon modulation, and may find important applications in quantum information.

  8. Bridging visible and telecom wavelengths with a single-mode broadband photon pair source

    We present a spectrally decorrelated photon pair source bridging the visible and telecom wavelength regions. Tailored design and fabrication of a solid-core photonic crystal fiber (PCF) lead to the emission of signal and idler photons into only a single spectral and spatial mode. Thus no narrowband filtering is necessary and the heralded generation of pure photon number states in ultrafast wave packets at telecom wavelengths becomes possible.

  9. High fidelity transfer and storage of photon states in a single nuclear spin

    Yang, Sen; Wang, Ya; Rao, D. D. Bhaktavatsala; Tran, Thai Hien; Momenzadeh, S. Ali; Nagy, Roland; Markham, M.; Twitchen, D. J.; Ping WANG; Yang, Wen; Stoehr, Rainer; Neumann, Philipp; Kosaka, Hideo; Wrachtrup, Joerg

    2015-01-01

    Building a quantum repeater network for long distance quantum communication requires photons and quantum registers that comprise qubits for interaction with light, good memory capabilities and processing qubits for storage and manipulation of photons. Here we demonstrate a key step, the coherent transfer of a photon in a single solid-state nuclear spin qubit with an average fidelity of 98% and storage over 10 seconds. The storage process is achieved by coherently transferring a photon to an e...

  10. Probing the Hotspot Interaction Length in NbN Nanowire Superconducting Single-Photon Detectors

    Renema, J J; Wang, Q; van Exter, M P; Fiore, A; de Dood, M J A

    2016-01-01

    We measure the maximal distance at which two absorbed photons can jointly trigger a detection event in NbN nanowire superconducting single photon detector (SSPD) microbridges by comparing the one-photon and two-photon efficiency of bridges of different overall lengths, from 0 to 400 nm. We find a length of $23 \\pm 2$ nm. This value is in good agreement with to size of the quasiparticle cloud at the time of the detection event.

  11. Bright single photon source based on self-aligned quantum dot-cavity systems

    Maier, Sebastian; Gold, Peter; Forchel, Alfred; Gregersen, Niels; Mørk, Jesper; Höfling, Sven; Schneider, Christian; Kamp, Martin

    2014-01-01

    We report on a quasi-planar quantum-dot-based single-photon source that shows an unprecedented high extraction efficiency of 42% without complex photonic resonator geometries or post-growth nanofabrication. This very high efficiency originates from the coupling of the photons emitted by a quantum dot to a Gaussian shaped nanohill defect that naturally arises during epitaxial growth in a self-aligned manner. We investigate the morphology of these defects and characterize the photonic operation...

  12. Single-Photon Depth Imaging Using a Union-of-Subspaces Model

    Shin, Dongeek; Shapiro, Jeffrey H.; Goyal, Vivek K

    2015-01-01

    Light detection and ranging systems reconstruct scene depth from time-of-flight measurements. For low light-level depth imaging applications, such as remote sensing and robot vision, these systems use single-photon detectors that resolve individual photon arrivals. Even so, they must detect a large number of photons to mitigate Poisson shot noise and reject anomalous photon detections from background light. We introduce a novel framework for accurate depth imaging using a small number of dete...

  13. Bias-free true random number generation using superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors

    He, Yuhao; Zhang, Weijun; Zhou, Hui; You, Lixing; Lv, Chaolin; Zhang, Lu; Liu, Xiaoyu; Wu, Junjie; Chen, Sijing; Ren, Min; Wang, Zhen; Xie, Xiaoming

    2016-08-01

    We demonstrate a bias-free true random number generator (TRNG) based on single photon detection using superconducting nanowire single photon detectors (SNSPDs). By comparing the photon detection signals of two consecutive laser pulses and extracting the random bits by the von Neumann correction method, we achieved a random number generation efficiency of 25% (a generation rate of 3.75 Mbit s‑1 at a system clock rate of 15 MHz). Using a multi-channel superconducting nanowire single photon detector system with controllable pulse signal amplitudes, we detected the single photons with photon number resolution and positional sensitivity, which could further increase the random number generation efficiency. In a three-channel SNSPD system, the random number bit generation efficiency was improved to 75%, corresponding to a generation rate of 7.5 Mbit s‑1 with a 10 MHz system clock rate. All of the generated random numbers successfully passed the statistical test suite.

  14. Quantum Optics with Quantum Dots in Photonic Wires: Basics and Application to “Ultrabright” Single Photon Sources

    Gérard, J. M.; Claudon, J.; Bleuse, J.; Malik, N. S.; Munsch, M.; Dupuy, E.; Lalanne, P.; Gregersen, Niels

    2011-01-01

    , we have noticeably observed a very strong (16 fold) inhibition of their spontaneous emission rate in the thin-wire limit, and a nearly perfect funnelling of their spontaneous emission into the guided mode for larger PWs. We present a novel single -photon-source based on the emission of a quantum dot......We review recent experimental and theoretical results, which highlight the strong interest of the photonic wire (PW) geometry for quantum optics experiments with solid-state emitters, and for quantum optoelectronic devices. By studying single InAs QDs embedded within single-mode cylindrical GaAs PW...

  15. Waveguide-integrated single- and multi-photon detection at telecom wavelengths using superconducting nanowires

    Ferrari, Simone; Kahl, Oliver [Institute of Nanotechnology, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe 76132 (Germany); Kovalyuk, Vadim [Institute of Nanotechnology, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe 76132 (Germany); Department of Physics, Moscow State Pedagogical University, Moscow 119992 (Russian Federation); Goltsman, Gregory N. [Department of Physics, Moscow State Pedagogical University, Moscow 119992 (Russian Federation); National Research University Higher School of Economics, 20 Myasnitskaya Ulitsa, Moscow 101000 (Russian Federation); Korneev, Alexander [Department of Physics, Moscow State Pedagogical University, Moscow 119992 (Russian Federation); Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (State University), Moscow 141700 (Russian Federation); Pernice, Wolfram H. P., E-mail: wolfram.pernice@kit.edu [Institute of Nanotechnology, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe 76132 (Germany); Department of Physics, University of Münster, 48149 Münster (Germany)

    2015-04-13

    We investigate single- and multi-photon detection regimes of superconducting nanowire detectors embedded in silicon nitride nanophotonic circuits. At near-infrared wavelengths, simultaneous detection of up to three photons is observed for 120 nm wide nanowires biased far from the critical current, while narrow nanowires below 100 nm provide efficient single photon detection. A theoretical model is proposed to determine the different detection regimes and to calculate the corresponding internal quantum efficiency. The predicted saturation of the internal quantum efficiency in the single photon regime agrees well with plateau behavior observed at high bias currents.

  16. Waveguide-integrated single- and multi-photon detection at telecom wavelengths using superconducting nanowires

    We investigate single- and multi-photon detection regimes of superconducting nanowire detectors embedded in silicon nitride nanophotonic circuits. At near-infrared wavelengths, simultaneous detection of up to three photons is observed for 120 nm wide nanowires biased far from the critical current, while narrow nanowires below 100 nm provide efficient single photon detection. A theoretical model is proposed to determine the different detection regimes and to calculate the corresponding internal quantum efficiency. The predicted saturation of the internal quantum efficiency in the single photon regime agrees well with plateau behavior observed at high bias currents

  17. Monolithic on-chip integration of semiconductor waveguides, beamsplitters and single-photon sources

    The implementation of fully integrated single-photon sources and detectors into waveguide structures such as photonic crystals or a slab and ridge waveguide is currently one of the major goals in the linear optics quantum computation and communication community. Here, we present an implementation of a single-photon on-chip experiment based on a III–V semiconductor platform. Individual semiconductor quantum dots were used as pulsed single-photon sources integrated in ridge waveguides, and the on-chip waveguide-beamsplitter operation is verified on the single-photon level by performing off-chip photon cross-correlation measurements between the two output ports of the beamsplitter. A degree of polarization of the emitted photons above 90% is observed and a careful characterization of the waveguide propagation losses in straight (< 1.5 dB mm−1) and bent (∼ (8.5 ± 2.2) dB mm−1) sections documents the applicability of such GaAs-based waveguide structures in more complex photonic integrated circuits. The presented work marks an important step towards the realization of fully integrated photonic quantum circuits including on-demand single-photon emitters. (paper)

  18. InGaAs/InAlAs single photon avalanche diode for 1550 nm photons

    Xie, Shiyu; Zhou, Xinxin; Calandri, Niccolò; Sanzaro, Mirko; Tosi, Alberto; Tan, Chee Hing; Ng, Jo Shien

    2016-01-01

    A single photon avalanche diode (SPAD) with an InGaAs absorption region, and an InAlAs avalanche region was designed and demonstrated to detect 1550 nm wavelength photons. The characterization included leakage current, dark count rate and single photon detection efficiency as functions of temperature from 210 to 294 K. The SPAD exhibited good temperature stability, with breakdown voltage dependence of approximately 45 mV K−1. Operating at 210 K and in a gated mode, the SPAD achieved a photon detection probability of 26% at 1550 nm with a dark count rate of 1 × 108 Hz. The time response of the SPAD showed decreasing timing jitter (full width at half maximum) with increasing overbias voltage, with 70 ps being the smallest timing jitter measured. PMID:27069647

  19. Observation of the quantum paradox of separation of a single photon from one of its properties

    Ashby, James M.; Schwarz, Peter D.; Schlosshauer, Maximilian

    2016-01-01

    We report an experimental realization of the quantum paradox of the separation of a single photon from one of its properties (the so-called "quantum Cheshire cat"). We use a modified Sagnac interferometer with displaced paths to produce appropriately pre- and postselected states of heralded single photons. Weak measurements of photon presence and circular polarization are performed in each arm of the interferometer by introducing weak absorbers and small polarization rotations and analyzing c...

  20. Energy Relaxtation and Hot Spot Formation in Superconducting Single Photon Detectors SSPDS

    Florya I.N.

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available We have studied the mechanism of energy relaxation and resistive state formation after absorption of a single photon for different wavelengths and materials of single photon detectors. Our results are in good agreement with the hot spot model.

  1. Efficient generation of indistinguishable single photons on-demand at telecom wavelengths

    Kim, Jehyung; Cai, Tao; Richardson, Christopher; Leavitt, Richard; Waks, Edo

    Highly efficient single photon sources are important building blocks for optical quantum information processing. For practical use and long-distance quantum communication, single photons should have fiber-compatible telecom wavelengths. In addition, most quantum communication applications require high degree of indistinguishability of single photons, such that they exhibit interference on a beam splitter. However, deterministic generation of indistinguishable single photons with high brightness remains a challenging problem in particular at telecom wavelengths. We demonstrate a telecom wavelength source of indistinguishable single photons using an InAs/InP quantum dot in a nanophotonic cavity. To obtain the efficient single quantum dot emission, we employ the higher order mode in L3 photonic crystal cavity that shows a nearly Gaussian transverse mode profile and results in out-coupling efficiency exceeding 46 % and unusual bright single quantum dot emission exceeding 1.5 million counts per second at a detector. We also observe Purcell enhanced spontaneous emission rate as large as 4 and high linear polarization ratio of 0.96 for the coupled dots. Using this source, we generate high purity single photons at 1.3 μm wavelength and demonstrate the indistinguishable nature of the emission using a two-photon interference measurement.

  2. Single-photon quantum error rejection and correction with linear optics

    Kalamidas, Demetrios

    2005-01-01

    We present single-photon schemes for quantum error rejection and correction with linear optics. In stark contrast to other known proposals, our schemes do not require multi-photon entangled states, are not probabilistic, and their application is not restricted to single bit-flip errors.

  3. Young's double-slit experiment with single photons and quantum eraser

    Rueckner, Wolfgang; Peidle, Joseph

    2013-12-01

    An apparatus for a double-slit interference experiment in the single-photon regime is described. The apparatus includes a which-path marker that destroys the interference as well as a quantum eraser that restores it. We present data taken with several light sources, coherent and incoherent and discuss the efficacy of these as sources of single photons.

  4. Single spontaneous photon as a coherent beamsplitter for an atomic matter-wave

    Tomkovič, Jiří; Welte, Joachim; Oberthaler, Markus K. [Kirchhoff-Institut für Physik, Universität Heidelberg, Heidelberg (Germany); Schreiber, Michael [Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München (Germany); Kiffner, Martin [Physik Department I, Technische Universität München, Garching (Germany); Schmiedmayer, Jörg [Vienna Center for Quantum Science and Technology, Atominstitut, TU Wien, Vienna (Austria)

    2014-12-04

    In free space the spontaneous emission of a single photon destroys motional coherence. Close to a mirror surface the reflection erases the which-path information and the single emitted photon can be regarded as a coherent beam splitter for an atomic matter-wavewhich can be verified by atom interferometry. Our experiment is a realization of the recoiling slit Gedanken experiment by Einstein.

  5. Evaluation of a fast single-photon avalanche photodiode for measurement of early transmitted photons through diffusive media.

    Mu, Ying; Valim, Niksa; Niedre, Mark

    2013-06-15

    We tested the performance of a fast single-photon avalanche photodiode (SPAD) in measurement of early transmitted photons through diffusive media. In combination with a femtosecond titanium:sapphire laser, the overall instrument temporal response time was 59 ps. Using two experimental models, we showed that the SPAD allowed measurement of photon-density sensitivity functions that were approximately 65% narrower than the ungated continuous wave case at very early times. This exceeds the performance that we have previously achieved with photomultiplier-tube-based systems and approaches the theoretical maximum predicted by time-resolved Monte Carlo simulations. PMID:23938989

  6. Low-noise low-jitter 32-pixels CMOS single-photon avalanche diodes array for single-photon counting from 300 nm to 900 nm

    Scarcella, Carmelo; Tosi, Alberto, E-mail: alberto.tosi@polimi.it; Villa, Federica; Tisa, Simone; Zappa, Franco [Politecnico di Milano, Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria, Piazza Leonardo da Vinci 32, I-20133 Milano (Italy)

    2013-12-15

    We developed a single-photon counting multichannel detection system, based on a monolithic linear array of 32 CMOS SPADs (Complementary Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor Single-Photon Avalanche Diodes). All channels achieve a timing resolution of 100 ps (full-width at half maximum) and a photon detection efficiency of 50% at 400 nm. Dark count rate is very low even at room temperature, being about 125 counts/s for 50 μm active area diameter SPADs. Detection performance and microelectronic compactness of this CMOS SPAD array make it the best candidate for ultra-compact time-resolved spectrometers with single-photon sensitivity from 300 nm to 900 nm.

  7. Low-noise low-jitter 32-pixels CMOS single-photon avalanche diodes array for single-photon counting from 300 nm to 900 nm.

    Scarcella, Carmelo; Tosi, Alberto; Villa, Federica; Tisa, Simone; Zappa, Franco

    2013-12-01

    We developed a single-photon counting multichannel detection system, based on a monolithic linear array of 32 CMOS SPADs (Complementary Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor Single-Photon Avalanche Diodes). All channels achieve a timing resolution of 100 ps (full-width at half maximum) and a photon detection efficiency of 50% at 400 nm. Dark count rate is very low even at room temperature, being about 125 counts/s for 50 μm active area diameter SPADs. Detection performance and microelectronic compactness of this CMOS SPAD array make it the best candidate for ultra-compact time-resolved spectrometers with single-photon sensitivity from 300 nm to 900 nm. PMID:24387425

  8. Experimental single-photon exchange along a space link of 7000 km

    Dequal, Daniele; Vallone, Giuseppe; Bacco, Davide; Gaiarin, Simone; Luceri, Vincenza; Bianco, Giuseppe; Villoresi, Paolo

    2016-01-01

    Extending the single-photon transmission distance is a basic requirement for the implementation of quantum communication on a global scale. In this work we report the single-photon exchange from a medium Earth orbit satellite (MEO) at more than 7000 km of slant distance to the ground station at the Matera Laser Ranging Observatory. The single-photon transmitter was realized by exploiting the corner cube retroreflectors mounted on the LAGEOS-2 satellite. Long duration of data collection is possible with such altitude, up to 43 min in a single passage. The mean number of photons per pulse (μsat) has been limited to 1 for 200 s, resulting in an average detection rate of 3.0 counts/s and a signal-to-noise ratio of 1.5. The feasibility of single-photon exchange from MEO satellites paves the way to tests of quantum mechanics in moving frames and to global quantum Information.

  9. Up-conversion single-photon detector using multi-wavelength sampling techniques.

    Ma, Lijun; Bienfang, Joshua C; Slattery, Oliver; Tang, Xiao

    2011-03-14

    The maximum achievable data-rate of a quantum communication system can be critically limited by the efficiency and temporal resolution of the system's single-photon detectors. Frequency up-conversion technology can be used to increase detection efficiency for IR photons. In this paper we describe a scheme to improve the temporal resolution of an up-conversion single-photon detector using multi-wavelength optical-sampling techniques, allowing for increased transmission rates in single-photon communications systems. We experimentally demonstrate our approach with an up-conversion detector using two spectrally and temporally distinct pump pulses, and show that it allows for high-fidelity single-photon detection at twice the rate supported by a conventional single-pump up-conversion detector. We also discuss the limiting factors of this approach and identify important performance-limiting trade offs. PMID:21445185

  10. Experimental single photon exchange along a space link of 7000 km

    Dequal, Daniele; Vallone, Giuseppe; Bacco, Davide;

    2015-01-01

    the Matera Laser Ranging Observatory. The single photon transmitter was realized by exploiting the corner cube retro-reflectors mounted on the LAGEOS-2 satellite. Long duration of data collection is possible with such altitude, up to 43 minutes in a single passage. The mean number of photons per pulse......Extending the single photon transmission distance is a basic requirement for the implementation of quantum communication on a global scale. In this work we report the single photon exchange from a medium Earth orbit satellite (MEO) at more than 7000 km of slanted distance to the ground station at...... (µsat) has been limited to 1 for 200 seconds, resulting in an average detection rate of 3.0 cps and a signal to noise ratio of 1.5. The feasibility of single photon exchange from MEO satellites paves the way to tests of Quantum Mechanics in moving frames and to global Quantum Information....

  11. Multiple intrinsically identical single-photon emitters in the solid state.

    Rogers, L J; Jahnke, K D; Teraji, T; Marseglia, L; Müller, C; Naydenov, B; Schauffert, H; Kranz, C; Isoya, J; McGuinness, L P; Jelezko, F

    2014-01-01

    Emitters of indistinguishable single photons are crucial for the growing field of quantum technologies. To realize scalability and increase the complexity of quantum optics technologies, multiple independent yet identical single-photon emitters are required. However, typical solid-state single-photon sources are inherently dissimilar, necessitating the use of electrical feedback or optical cavities to improve spectral overlap between distinct emitters. Here we demonstrate bright silicon vacancy (SiV(-)) centres in low-strain bulk diamond, which show spectral overlap of up to 91% and nearly transform-limited excitation linewidths. This is the first time that distinct single-photon emitters in the solid state have shown intrinsically identical spectral properties. Our results have impact on the application of single-photon sources for quantum optics and cryptography. PMID:25162729

  12. Tracking hidden objects with a single-photon camera

    Gariepy, Genevieve; Henderson, Robert; Leach, Jonathan; Faccio, Daniele

    2015-01-01

    The ability to know what is hidden around a corner or behind a wall provides a crucial advantage when physically going around the obstacle is impossible or dangerous. Previous solutions to this challenge were constrained e.g. by their physical size, the requirement of reflective surfaces or long data acquisition times. These impede both the deployment of the technology outside the laboratory and the development of significant advances, such as tracking the movement of large-scale hidden objects. We demonstrate a non-line-of-sight laser ranging technology that relies upon the ability, using only a floor surface, to send and detect light that is scattered around an obstacle. A single-photon avalanche diode (SPAD) camera detects light back-scattered from a hidden object that can then be located with centimetre precision, simultaneously tracking its movement. This non-line-of-sight laser ranging system is also shown to work at human length scales, paving the way for a variety of real-life situations.

  13. Single photon emission tomography imaging in parkinsonian disorders: a review.

    Acton, P D; Mozley, P D

    2000-01-01

    Parkinsonian symptoms are associated with a number of neurodegenerative disorders, such as Parkinson's disease, multiple system atrophy and progressive supranuclear palsy. Pathological evidence has shown clearly that these disorders are associated with a loss of neurons, particularly in the nigrostriatal dopaminergic pathway. Positron emission tomography (PET) and single photon emission tomography (SPECT) now are able to visualise and quantify changes in cerebral blood flow, glucose metabolism, and dopaminergic function produced by parkinsonian disorders. Both PET and SPECT have become important tools in the differential diagnosis of these diseases, and may have sufficient sensitivity to detect neuronal changes before the onset of clinical symptoms. Imaging is now being utilised to elucidate the genetic contribution to Parkinson's disease, and in longitudinal studies to assess the efficacy and mode of action of neuroprotective drug and surgical treatments. This review summarises recent applications of SPECT imaging in the study of parkinsonian disorders, with particular reference to the increasing role it is playing in the understanding, diagnosis and management of these diseases. PMID:11455039

  14. Single photon emission computed tomography in periatric frontal epilepsy

    Neuroradiological examinations were made in 9 pediatric patients with frontal epilepsy by using single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), cat scanning (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Two patients (22%) had abnormal findings on both CT and MRI; and 6 patients (67%) had them on SPECT, two of whom had findings corresponding to focal sites on EEG. Among the 6 patients, 5 were suspected of having decreased regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF), corresponding to 84%-94% of the contralateral blood flow. Two patients were evaluable before and after seizures; one had increased rCBF at the time of frequent seizures and returned to normal after seizures; and the other had no abnormality in the early stage of epilepsy, but had decreased rCBF after seizures. SPECT appears to provide a simple, useful tool in evaluating cerebral hemodynamics in infantile epilepsy, although serial hemodynamic changes with developmental process of central nerves and the time of examination must be considered according to individual patients. (N.K.)

  15. Single-Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT) in childhood epilepsy

    The success of epilepsy surgery is determined strongly by the precise location of the epileptogenic focus. The information from clinical electrophysiological data needs to be strengthened by functional neuroimaging techniques. Single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) available locally has proved useful as a localising investigation. It evaluates the regional cerebral blood flow and the comparison between ictal and interictal blood flow on SPECT has proved to be a sensitive nuclear marker for the site of seizure onset. Many studies justify the utility of SPECT in localising lesions to possess greater precision than interictal scalp EEG or anatomic neuroimaging. SPECT is of definitive value in temporal lobe epilepsy. Its role in extratemporal lobe epilepsy is less clearly defined. It is useful in various other generalized and partial seizure disorders including epileptic syndromes and helps in differentiating pseudoseizures from true seizures. The need for newer radiopharmaceutical agents with specific neurochemical properties and longer shelf life are under investigation. Subtraction ictal SPECT co-registered to MRI is a promising new modality. (author)

  16. Single photon emission computed tomography-guided Cerenkov luminescence tomography

    Hu, Zhenhua; Chen, Xueli; Liang, Jimin; Qu, Xiaochao; Chen, Duofang; Yang, Weidong; Wang, Jing; Cao, Feng; Tian, Jie

    2012-07-01

    Cerenkov luminescence tomography (CLT) has become a valuable tool for preclinical imaging because of its ability of reconstructing the three-dimensional distribution and activity of the radiopharmaceuticals. However, it is still far from a mature technology and suffers from relatively low spatial resolution due to the ill-posed inverse problem for the tomographic reconstruction. In this paper, we presented a single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT)-guided reconstruction method for CLT, in which a priori information of the permissible source region (PSR) from SPECT imaging results was incorporated to effectively reduce the ill-posedness of the inverse reconstruction problem. The performance of the method was first validated with the experimental reconstruction of an adult athymic nude mouse implanted with a Na131I radioactive source and an adult athymic nude mouse received an intravenous tail injection of Na131I. A tissue-mimic phantom based experiment was then conducted to illustrate the ability of the proposed method in resolving double sources. Compared with the traditional PSR strategy in which the PSR was determined by the surface flux distribution, the proposed method obtained much more accurate and encouraging localization and resolution results. Preliminary results showed that the proposed SPECT-guided reconstruction method was insensitive to the regularization methods and ignored the heterogeneity of tissues which can avoid the segmentation procedure of the organs.

  17. Monitoring cellular mechanosensing using time-correlated single photon counting

    Tabouillot, Tristan; Gullapalli, Ramachandra; Butler, Peter J.

    2006-10-01

    Endothelial cells (ECs) convert mechanical stimuli into chemical signaling pathways to regulate their functions and properties. It is hypothesized that perturbation of cellular structures by force is accompanied by changes in molecular dynamics. In order to address these fundamental issues in mechanosensation and transduction, we have developed a hybrid multimodal microscopy - time-correlated single photon counting (TCSPC) spectroscopy system intended to determine time- and position dependent mechanically-induced changes in the dynamics of molecules in live cells as determined from fluorescence lifetimes and autocorrelation analysis (fluorescence correlation spectroscopy). Colocalization of cell-structures and mechanically-induced changes in molecular dynamics can be done in post-processing by comparing TCSPC data with 3-D models generated from total internal reflection fluorescence (TIRF), differential interference contrast (DIC), epifluorescence, and deconvolution. We present control experiments in which the precise location of the apical cell membrane with respect to a confocal probe is assessed using information obtainable only from TCSPC. Such positional accuracy of TCSPC measurements is essential to understanding the role of the membrane in mechanotransduction. We predict that TCSPC will become a useful method to obtain high temporal and spatial resolution information on localized mechanical phenomena in living endothelial cells. Such insight into mechanotransduction phenomenon may uncover the origins of mechanically-related diseases such as atherosclerosis.

  18. Single Photon Emission Tomography Imaging in Parkinsonian Disorders: A Review

    Paul D. Acton

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available Parkinsonian symptoms are associated with a number of neurodegenerative disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple system atrophy and progressive supranuclear palsy. Pathological evidence has shown clearly that these disorders are associated with a loss of neurons, particularly in the nigrostriatal dopaminergic pathway. Positron emission tomography (PET and single photon emission tomography (SPECT now are able to visualise and quantify changes in cerebral blood flow, glucose metabolism, and dopaminergic function produced by parkinsonian disorders. Both PET and SPECT have become important tools in the differential diagnosis of these diseases, and may have sufficient sensitivity to detect neuronal changes before the onset of clinical symptoms. Imaging is now being utilised to elucidate the genetic contribution to Parkinson’s disease, and in longitudinal studies to assess the efficacy and mode of action of neuroprotective drug and surgical treatments. This review summarises recent applications of SPECT imaging in the study of parkinsonian disorders, with particular reference to the increasing role it is playing in the understanding, diagnosis and management of these diseases.

  19. Single photon radionuclide computed tomography with Tomogscanner II, (1)

    The single photon radionuclide computed tomography (RCT) was examined in 214 patients with the Tomogscanner-II. The RCT of brain was superior to the conventional brain scan, especially in the detection of lesions at the base of brain or the postoperated condition. The blood pool RCT of brain depicted an arterio-venous malformation and a giant aneurysma at the base of brain. The RCT of cisternography was useful to understand the anatomical relationship of the activity. The RCT of cerebral blood perfusion was possible with a method of continuous infusion of sup(81m)Kr into an internal carotid artery. In the body study, the reconstructed image of the Tomogscanner was excellent. The area of myocardial infarction showed clear defect in the horse-shaped myocardial section image after injection of 4 mCi of 201TlCl. The RCT of liver was available to detect defects and evaluated the activity and size of spleen. The RCT of kidney, lung or bone also showed good image, respectively. The Tomogscanner-II gave very good images in clinical examination of body as well as brain. (author)

  20. Single Photon Atomic Sorting: Isotope Separation with Maxwell's Demon

    Raizen, M G; Jerkins, M

    2010-01-01

    Isotope separation is one of the grand challenges of modern society and holds great potential for basic science, medicine, energy, and defense. We consider here a new and general approach to isotope separation. The method is based on an irreversible change of the mass-to-magnetic moment ratio of a particular isotope in an atomic beam, followed by deflection in a magnetic field gradient. The underlying mechanism is a reduction of the entropy of the beam by the information of a single-scattered photon for each atom that is separated. We numerically simulate isotope separation for a range of examples. The first class of atoms we consider are those that have zero magnetic moment in their ground electronic state. A laser induces an irreversible transition to a metastable state, followed by magnetic deflection. The second (larger) class of atoms we consider are those that have a magnetic moment in their ground state. The magnetic stretch-state is deflected in one zone of a magnetic field gradient, followed by a las...

  1. Brain single photon emission computed tomography in neonates

    Denays, R.; Van Pachterbeke, T.; Tondeur, M.; Spehl, M.; Toppet, V.; Ham, H.; Piepsz, A.; Rubinstein, M.; Nol, P.H.; Haumont, D. (Free Universities of Brussels (Belgium))

    1989-08-01

    This study was designed to rate the clinical value of ({sup 123}I)iodoamphetamine (IMP) or ({sup 99m}Tc) hexamethyl propylene amine oxyme (HM-PAO) brain single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) in neonates, especially in those likely to develop cerebral palsy. The results showed that SPECT abnormalities were congruent in most cases with structural lesions demonstrated by ultrasonography. However, mild bilateral ventricular dilatation and bilateral subependymal porencephalic cysts diagnosed by ultrasound were not associated with an abnormal SPECT finding. In contrast, some cortical periventricular and sylvian lesions and all the parasagittal lesions well visualized in SPECT studies were not diagnosed by ultrasound scans. In neonates with subependymal and/or intraventricular hemorrhage the existence of a parenchymal abnormality was only diagnosed by SPECT. These results indicate that ({sup 123}I)IMP or ({sup 99m}Tc)HM-PAO brain SPECT shows a potential clinical value as the neurodevelopmental outcome is clearly related to the site, the extent, and the number of cerebral lesions. Long-term clinical follow-up is, however, mandatory in order to define which SPECT abnormality is associated with neurologic deficit.

  2. Single photon emission computed tomography: A clinical experience

    In the past decade, single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) has evolved from an experimental technique used only in academic settings to a routine clinical examination performed in many community hospitals. Responding to reports of increased diagnostic efficacy, many nuclear medicine physicians have chosen to make SPECT imaging a routine technique for bone, liver, spleen, heart, and brain imaging. However, the enthusiasm for SPECT is not universal. Most nuclear medicine physicians continue to rely primarily on planar imaging, with little or no routine use of SPECT. This milieu has left many physicians asking themselves the following practical questions: Can SPECT be done easily in my hospital? Will not doing SPECT reduce the competitiveness of my nuclear medicine laboratory? The authors' experience at an institution heavily committed to SPECT for over 5 years may be helpful in answering these types of questions. The first rotating gamma camera at the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center was installed in late 1981. At present the authors have eight gamma cameras, of which four routinely perform SPECT examinations. Between 1981 and 1986, over 4,000 SPECT examinations have been performed

  3. Brain single photon emission computed tomography in neonates

    This study was designed to rate the clinical value of [123I]iodoamphetamine (IMP) or [99mTc] hexamethyl propylene amine oxyme (HM-PAO) brain single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) in neonates, especially in those likely to develop cerebral palsy. The results showed that SPECT abnormalities were congruent in most cases with structural lesions demonstrated by ultrasonography. However, mild bilateral ventricular dilatation and bilateral subependymal porencephalic cysts diagnosed by ultrasound were not associated with an abnormal SPECT finding. In contrast, some cortical periventricular and sylvian lesions and all the parasagittal lesions well visualized in SPECT studies were not diagnosed by ultrasound scans. In neonates with subependymal and/or intraventricular hemorrhage the existence of a parenchymal abnormality was only diagnosed by SPECT. These results indicate that [123I]IMP or [99mTc]HM-PAO brain SPECT shows a potential clinical value as the neurodevelopmental outcome is clearly related to the site, the extent, and the number of cerebral lesions. Long-term clinical follow-up is, however, mandatory in order to define which SPECT abnormality is associated with neurologic deficit

  4. Proceedings of clinical SPECT (single photon emission computed tomography) symposium

    1986-09-01

    It has been five years since the last in-depth American College of Nuclear Physicians/Society of Nuclear Medicine Symposium on the subject of single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) was held. Because this subject was nominated as the single most desired topic we have selected SPECT imaging as the basis for this year's program. The objectives of this symposium are to survey the progress of SPECT clinical applications that have taken place over the last five years and to provide practical and timely guidelines to users of SPECT so that this exciting imaging modality can be fully integrated into the evaluation of pathologic processes. The first half was devoted to a consideration of technical factors important in SPECT acquisition and the second half was devoted to those organ systems about which sufficient clinical SPECT imaging data are available. With respect to the technical aspect of the program we have selected the key areas which demand awareness and attention in order to make SPECT operational in clinical practice. These include selection of equipment, details of uniformity correction, utilization of phantoms for equipment acceptance and quality assurance, the major aspect of algorithms, an understanding of filtered back projection and appropriate choice of filters and an awareness of the most commonly generated artifacts and how to recognize them. With respect to the acquisition and interpretation of organ images, the faculty will present information on the major aspects of hepatic, brain, cardiac, skeletal, and immunologic imaging techniques. Individual papers are processed separately for the data base. (TEM)

  5. Cavity-Free Scheme for Nondestructive Detection of a Single Optical Photon.

    Xia, Keyu; Johnsson, Mattias; Knight, Peter L; Twamley, Jason

    2016-01-15

    Detecting a single photon without absorbing it is a long-standing challenge in quantum optics. All experiments demonstrating the nondestructive detection of a photon make use of a high quality cavity. We present a cavity-free scheme for nondestructive single-photon detection. By pumping a nonlinear medium we implement an interfield Rabi oscillation which leads to a ∼π phase shift on a weak probe coherent laser field in the presence of a single signal photon without destroying the signal photon. Our cavity-free scheme operates with a fast intrinsic time scale in comparison with similar cavity-based schemes. We implement a full real-space multimode numerical analysis of the interacting photonic modes and confirm the validity of our nondestructive scheme in the multimode case. PMID:26824538

  6. τ-SPAD: a new red sensitive single-photon counting module

    Kell, Gerald; Bülter, Andreas; Wahl, Michael; Erdmann, Rainer

    2011-05-01

    Single Photon Avalanche Diodes (SPADs) are valuable detectors in numerous photon counting applications in the fields of quantum physics, quantum communication, astronomy, metrology and biomedical analytics. They typically feature a much higher photon detection efficiency than photomultiplier tubes, most importantly in the red to near-infrared range of the spectrum. Very often SPADs are combined with Time-Correlated Single Photon Counting (TCSPC) electronics for time-resolved data acquisition and the temporal resolution ("jitter") of a SPAD is therefore one of the key parameters for selecting a detector. We show technical data and first application results from a new type of red sensitive single photon counting module ("τ-SPAD"), which is targeted at timing applications, most prominently in the area of Single Molecule Spectroscopy (SMS). The τ-SPAD photon counting module combines Laser Components' ultra-low noise VLoK silicon avalanche photodiode with specially developed quenching and readout electronics from PicoQuant. It features an extremely high photon detection efficiency of 75% at 670 nm and can be used to detect single photons over the 400 nm to 1100 nm wavelength range. The timing jitter of the output of the τ-SPAD can be as low as 350 ps, making it suitable for time-resolved fluorescence detection applications. First photon coincidence correlation measurements also show that the typical breakdown flash of SPADs is of comparably low intensity for these new SPADs.

  7. Three-dimensional photonic crystals created by single-step multi-directional plasma etching.

    Suzuki, Katsuyoshi; Kitano, Keisuke; Ishizaki, Kenji; Noda, Susumu

    2014-07-14

    We fabricate 3D photonic nanostructures by simultaneous multi-directional plasma etching. This simple and flexible method is enabled by controlling the ion-sheath in reactive-ion-etching equipment. We realize 3D photonic crystals on single-crystalline silicon wafers and show high reflectance (>95%) and low transmittance (<-15dB) at optical communication wavelengths, suggesting the formation of a complete photonic bandgap. Moreover, our method simply demonstrates Si-based 3D photonic crystals that show the photonic bandgap effect in a shorter wavelength range around 0.6 μm, where further fine structures are required. PMID:25090524

  8. Room temperature triggered single-photon source in the near infrared

    We report the realization of a solid-state triggered single-photon source with narrow emission in the near infrared at room temperature. It is based on the photoluminescence of a single nickel-nitrogen NE8 colour centre in a chemical vapour deposited diamond nanocrystal. Stable single-photon emission has been observed in the photoluminescence under both continuous-wave and pulsed excitations. The realization of this source represents a step forward in the application of diamond-based single-photon sources to quantum key distribution (QKD) under practical operating conditions

  9. Large conditional single-photon cross-phase modulation

    Beck, Kristin M; Duan, Yiheng; Vuletić, Vladan

    2015-01-01

    Deterministic optical quantum logic requires a nonlinear quantum process that alters the phase of a quantum optical state by $\\pi$ through interaction with only one photon. Here, we demonstrate a large conditional cross-phase modulation between a signal field, stored inside an atomic quantum memory, and a control photon that traverses a high-finesse optical cavity containing the atomic memory. This approach avoids fundamental limitations associated with multimode effects for traveling optical photons. We measure a conditional cross-phase shift of up to $\\pi/3$ between the retrieved signal and control photons, and confirm deterministic entanglement between the signal and control modes by extracting a positive concurrence. With a moderate improvement in cavity finesse, our system can reach a coherent phase shift of $\\pi$ at low loss, enabling deterministic and universal photonic quantum logic.

  10. Performance of a superconducting single photon detector with nano-antenna

    Zhang Chao; Jiao Rong-Zhen

    2012-01-01

    The performance of single-photon detectors can be enhanced by using nano-antenna.The characteristics of the superconducting nano-wire single-photon detector with cavity plus anti-reflect coating and specially designed nanoantenna is analysed.The photon collection efficiency of the detector is enhanced without damaging the detector's speed,thus getting rid of the dilemma of speed and efficiency.The characteristics of nano-antenna are discussed,such as the position and the effect of the active area,and the best result is given.The photon collection efficiency is increased by 92 times compared with that of existing detectors.

  11. Bright quantum dot single photon source based on a low Q defect cavity

    Maier, Sebastian; Gold, Peter; Forchel, A.;

    2014-01-01

    The quasi-planar single photon source presented in this paper shows an extraction efficiency of 42% without complex photonic resonator geometries or lithography steps as well as a high purity with a g2(0) value of 0.023.......The quasi-planar single photon source presented in this paper shows an extraction efficiency of 42% without complex photonic resonator geometries or lithography steps as well as a high purity with a g2(0) value of 0.023....

  12. Time-reversal-symmetric single-photon wave packets for free-space quantum communication.

    Trautmann, N; Alber, G; Agarwal, G S; Leuchs, G

    2015-05-01

    Readout and retrieval processes are proposed for efficient, high-fidelity quantum state transfer between a matter qubit, encoded in the level structure of a single atom or ion, and a photonic qubit, encoded in a time-reversal-symmetric single-photon wave packet. They are based on controlling spontaneous photon emission and absorption of a matter qubit on demand in free space by stimulated Raman adiabatic passage. As these processes do not involve mode selection by high-finesse cavities or photon transport through optical fibers, they offer interesting perspectives as basic building blocks for free-space quantum-communication protocols. PMID:25978231

  13. Optimizing single-nanoparticle two-photon microscopy by in situ adaptive control of femtosecond pulses

    Li, Donghai; Deng, Yongkai; Chu, Saisai; Jiang, Hongbing; Wang, Shufeng; Gong, Qihuang

    2016-07-01

    Single-nanoparticle two-photon microscopy shows great application potential in super-resolution cell imaging. Here, we report in situ adaptive optimization of single-nanoparticle two-photon luminescence signals by phase and polarization modulations of broadband laser pulses. For polarization-independent quantum dots, phase-only optimization was carried out to compensate the phase dispersion at the focus of the objective. Enhancement of the two-photon excitation fluorescence intensity under dispersion-compensated femtosecond pulses was achieved. For polarization-dependent single gold nanorod, in situ polarization optimization resulted in further enhancement of two-photon photoluminescence intensity than phase-only optimization. The application of in situ adaptive control of femtosecond pulse provides a way for object-oriented optimization of single-nanoparticle two-photon microscopy for its future applications.

  14. Wiring up pre-characterized single-photon emitters by laser lithography.

    Shi, Q; Sontheimer, B; Nikolay, N; Schell, A W; Fischer, J; Naber, A; Benson, O; Wegener, M

    2016-01-01

    Future quantum optical chips will likely be hybrid in nature and include many single-photon emitters, waveguides, filters, as well as single-photon detectors. Here, we introduce a scalable optical localization-selection-lithography procedure for wiring up a large number of single-photon emitters via polymeric photonic wire bonds in three dimensions. First, we localize and characterize nitrogen vacancies in nanodiamonds inside a solid photoresist exhibiting low background fluorescence. Next, without intermediate steps and using the same optical instrument, we perform aligned three-dimensional laser lithography. As a proof of concept, we design, fabricate, and characterize three-dimensional functional waveguide elements on an optical chip. Each element consists of one single-photon emitter centered in a crossed-arc waveguide configuration, allowing for integrated optical excitation and efficient background suppression at the same time. PMID:27507165

  15. Wiring up pre-characterized single-photon emitters by laser lithography

    Shi, Q.; Sontheimer, B.; Nikolay, N.; Schell, A. W.; Fischer, J.; Naber, A.; Benson, O.; Wegener, M.

    2016-08-01

    Future quantum optical chips will likely be hybrid in nature and include many single-photon emitters, waveguides, filters, as well as single-photon detectors. Here, we introduce a scalable optical localization-selection-lithography procedure for wiring up a large number of single-photon emitters via polymeric photonic wire bonds in three dimensions. First, we localize and characterize nitrogen vacancies in nanodiamonds inside a solid photoresist exhibiting low background fluorescence. Next, without intermediate steps and using the same optical instrument, we perform aligned three-dimensional laser lithography. As a proof of concept, we design, fabricate, and characterize three-dimensional functional waveguide elements on an optical chip. Each element consists of one single-photon emitter centered in a crossed-arc waveguide configuration, allowing for integrated optical excitation and efficient background suppression at the same time.

  16. Wiring up pre-characterized single-photon emitters by laser lithography

    Shi, Q.; Sontheimer, B.; Nikolay, N.; Schell, A. W.; Fischer, J.; Naber, A.; Benson, O.; Wegener, M.

    2016-01-01

    Future quantum optical chips will likely be hybrid in nature and include many single-photon emitters, waveguides, filters, as well as single-photon detectors. Here, we introduce a scalable optical localization-selection-lithography procedure for wiring up a large number of single-photon emitters via polymeric photonic wire bonds in three dimensions. First, we localize and characterize nitrogen vacancies in nanodiamonds inside a solid photoresist exhibiting low background fluorescence. Next, without intermediate steps and using the same optical instrument, we perform aligned three-dimensional laser lithography. As a proof of concept, we design, fabricate, and characterize three-dimensional functional waveguide elements on an optical chip. Each element consists of one single-photon emitter centered in a crossed-arc waveguide configuration, allowing for integrated optical excitation and efficient background suppression at the same time. PMID:27507165

  17. Single-mode and single-polarization photonics with anchored-membrane waveguides

    Chiles, Jeff

    2016-01-01

    An integrated photonic platform with anchored-membrane structures, the T-Guide, is proposed and numerically investigated. These compact air-clad structures have high index contrast and are much more stable than prior membrane-type structures. Their semi-infinite geometry enables single-mode and single-polarization (SMSP) operation over unprecedented bandwidths. Modal simulations quantify this behavior, showing that an SMSP window of 2.75 octaves (1.2 - 8.1 {\\mu}m) is feasible for silicon T-Guides, spanning almost the entire transparency range of silicon. Dispersion engineering for T-Guides yields broad regions of anomalous group velocity dispersion, rendering them a promising platform for nonlinear applications, such as wideband frequency conversion.

  18. Radiopharmaceuticals for single-photon emission computed tomography brain imaging.

    Kung, Hank F; Kung, Mei-Ping; Choi, Seok Rye

    2003-01-01

    In the past 10 years, significant progress on the development of new brain-imaging agents for single-photon emission computed tomography has been made. Most of the new radiopharmaceuticals are designed to bind specific neurotransmitter receptor or transporter sites in the central nervous system. Most of the site-specific brain radiopharmaceuticals are labeled with (123)I. Results from imaging of benzodiazepine (gamma-aminobutyric acid) receptors by [(123)I]iomazenil are useful in identifying epileptic seizure foci and changes of this receptor in psychiatric disorders. Imaging of dopamine D2/D3 receptors ([(123)I]iodobenzamide and [(123)I]epidepride) and transporters [(123)I]CIT (2-beta-carboxymethoxy-3-beta(4-iodophenyl)tropane) and [(123)I]FP-beta-CIT (N-propyl-2-beta-carboxymethoxy-3-beta(4-iodophenyl)-nortropane has proven to be a simple but powerful tool for differential diagnosis of Parkinson's and other neurodegenerative diseases. A (99m)Tc-labeled agent, [(99m)Tc]TRODAT (technetium, 2-[[2-[[[3-(4-chlorophenyl)-8-methyl-8-azabicyclo [3,2,1]oct-2-yl]methyl](2-mercaptoethyl)amino]ethyl]amino] ethanethiolato(3-)]oxo-[1R-(exo-exo)]-), for imaging dopamine transporters in the brain has been successfully applied in the diagnosis of Parkinson's disease. Despite the fact that (123)I radiopharmaceuticals have been widely used in Japan and in Europe, clinical application of (123)I-labeled brain radiopharmaceuticals in the United States is limited because of the difficulties in supplying such agents. Development of (99m)Tc agents will likely extend the application of site-specific brain radiopharmaceuticals for routine applications in aiding the diagnosis and monitoring treatments of various neurologic and psychiatric disorders. PMID:12605353

  19. Site-controlled InGaN/GaN single-photon-emitting diode

    Zhang, Lei; Teng, Chu-Hsiang; Ku, Pei-Cheng; Deng, Hui

    2016-04-01

    We report single-photon emission from electrically driven site-controlled InGaN/GaN quantum dots. The device is fabricated from a planar light-emitting diode structure containing a single InGaN quantum well, using a top-down approach. The location, dimension, and height of each single-photon-emitting diode are controlled lithographically, providing great flexibility for chip-scale integration.

  20. Quantum Computing using Single Photons and the Zeno Effect

    Franson, J D; Pittman, T B

    2004-01-01

    We show that the quantum Zeno effect can be used to implement a square-root of SWAP quantum logic gate for photonic qubits. The successful operation of these devices depends on the fact that photons can behave in some respects as if they were fermions instead of bosons in the presence of a strong Zeno effect. No actual observations are required and the same results can be obtained by using atoms to record the presence of more than one photon in an optical fiber.

  1. Independent telecom-fiber sources of quantum indistinguishable single photons

    Quantum-mechanically indistinguishable photons produced by independent (or equivalently, mutually phase incoherent) light sources are essential for distributed quantum information processing applications. We demonstrate heralded generation of such photons in two spatially separate telecom-fiber spools, each driven by pulsed pump waves that are measured to have no mutual phase coherence. Through Hong–Ou–Mandel experiments, we measure the quantum interference visibility of those photons to be 76.4±4.2. Our experimental results are well predicted by a quantum multimode theory we developed for such systems without the need for any fitting parameter

  2. EQUIPMENTS TO SINGLE PHOTON REGISTRATION. PART 1. FEATURES AND POSSIBILITIES OF MULTI-CHANNEL PHOTODETECTORS WITH INTRINSIC AMPLIFICATION. (REVIEW

    O. V. Dvornikov

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available The main types of the modern photo detectors applied to single photon registration are analyzed. It is offered to use silicon photomultipliers for production of multi-channel optoelectronic systems with the single photon resolution.

  3. Electrically driven single photon emission from a CdSe/ZnSSe single quantum dot at 200 K

    Quitsch, Wolf; Kümmell, Tilmar; Bacher, Gerd [Werkstoffe der Elektrotechnik and CENIDE, Universität Duisburg-Essen, Bismarckstraße 81, 47057 Duisburg (Germany); Gust, Arne; Kruse, Carsten; Hommel, Detlef [Institut für Festkörperphysik, Universität Bremen, Otto-Hahn-Allee 1, 28334 Bremen (Germany)

    2014-09-01

    High temperature operation of an electrically driven single photon emitter based on a single epitaxial quantum dot is reported. CdSe/ZnSSe/MgS quantum dots are embedded into a p-i-n diode architecture providing almost background free excitonic and biexcitonic electroluminescence from individual quantum dots through apertures in the top contacts. Clear antibunching with g{sup 2}(τ = 0) = 0.28 ± 0.20 can be tracked up to T = 200 K, representing the highest temperature for electrically triggered single photon emission from a single quantum dot device.

  4. Physiological basis for stress-induced myocardial stunning as assessed by gated single-photon emission computed tomography

    Postischemic myocardial stunning as assessed by gated single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) has been criticized for being a perfusion-associated artifact caused by false endocardial tracking. We hypothesized that if severe perfusion defects all cause false wall motion abnormality, they should be observed regardless of the underlying mechanisms of perfusion abnormality. We evaluated 132 patients with stress-induced perfusion defects of moderate severity or more after exercise (n=84) or adenosine triphosphate disodium (ATP) stress (n=48) were evaluated using gated 99mTc-sestamibi SPECT. Summed stress and difference scores were similar in the 2 groups. However, the overall incidence of post-stress stunning was 54% in the exercise group, but only 19% in the ATP group (p<0.0001). Furthermore, based on the severity of coronary artery stenosis in 43 patients with 1-vessel disease, the prevalence of post-stress stunning was 77% in patients with ≥99% coronary stenosis, 67% in those with 90% stenosis, and 29% in those with 75% stenosis after exercise stress, whereas it was 57% in those with ≥99% stenosis, 17% in those with 90% stenosis, and 0% in those with 75% stenosis after ATP stress (p=0.003). The predominant mechanism of post-stress wall motion abnormality observed by gated SPECT was thought to be severe myocardial ischemia, but not a perfusion-associated artifact. Thus, this scintigraphic finding was regarded as actual myocardial stunning. (author)

  5. Single Mode Photonic Crystal Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers

    Kent D. Choquette

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available We review the design, fabrication, and performance of photonic crystal vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs. Using a periodic pattern of etched holes in the top facet of the VCSEL, the optical cavity can be designed to support the fundamental mode only. The electrical confinement is independently defined by proton implantation or oxide confinement. By control of the refractive index and loss created by the photonic crystal, operation in the Gaussian mode can be insured, independent of the lasing wavelength.

  6. Large-area single-mode photonic bandgap vcsels

    Birkedal, Dan; Gregersen, N.; Bischoff, S.; Madsen, M.; Romstad, F.; Oestergaard, J.

    We demonstrate that the photonic bandgap effect can be used to control the modes of large area vertical cavity surface emitting lasers. We obtain more than 20 dB side mode suppression ratios in a 10-micron area device.......We demonstrate that the photonic bandgap effect can be used to control the modes of large area vertical cavity surface emitting lasers. We obtain more than 20 dB side mode suppression ratios in a 10-micron area device....

  7. Photon Antibunching in the Photoluminescence Spectra of a Single Carbon Nanotube

    Högele, Alexander; Galland, Christophe; Winger, Martin; Imamoglu, Atac

    2007-01-01

    We report the first observation of photon antibunching in the photoluminescence from single carbon nanotubes. The emergence of a fast luminescence decay component under strong optical excitation indicates that Auger processes are partially responsible for inhibiting two-photon generation. Additionally, the presence of exciton localization at low temperatures ensures that nanotubes emit photons predominantly one by one. The fact that multiphoton emission probability can be smaller than 5% sugg...

  8. Corpuscular model of two-beam interference and double-slit experiments with single photons

    Jin, Fengping; De Raedt, Hans; Michielsen, Kristel; Miyashita, Seiji

    2010-01-01

    We introduce an event-based corpuscular simulation model that reproduces the wave mechanical results of single-photon double slit and two-beam interference experiments and (of a one-to-one copy of an experimental realization) of a single-photon interference experiment with a Fresnel biprism. The simulation comprises models that capture the essential features of the apparatuses used in the experiment, including the single-photon detectors recording individual detector clicks. We demonstrate that incorporating in the detector model, simple and minimalistic processes mimicking the memory and threshold behavior of single-photon detectors is sufficient to produce multipath interference patterns. These multipath interference patterns are built up by individual particles taking one single path to the detector where they arrive one-by-one. The particles in our model are not corpuscular in the standard, classical physics sense in that they are information carriers that exchange information with the apparatuses of the ...

  9. Elliptical quantum dots as on-demand single photons sources with deterministic polarization states

    Teng, Chu-Hsiang; Demory, Brandon; Ku, Pei-Cheng, E-mail: peicheng@umich.edu [Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Michigan, 1301 Beal Ave., Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105 (United States); Zhang, Lei; Hill, Tyler A.; Deng, Hui [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, 2350 Hayward St., Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105 (United States)

    2015-11-09

    In quantum information, control of the single photon's polarization is essential. Here, we demonstrate single photon generation in a pre-programmed and deterministic polarization state, on a chip-scale platform, utilizing site-controlled elliptical quantum dots (QDs) synthesized by a top-down approach. The polarization from the QD emission is found to be linear with a high degree of linear polarization and parallel to the long axis of the ellipse. Single photon emission with orthogonal polarizations is achieved, and the dependence of the degree of linear polarization on the QD geometry is analyzed.

  10. Highly efficient coupling of photons from nanoemitters into single-mode optical fibers

    Fujiwara, Masazumi; Noda, Tetsuya; Zhao, Hong-Quan; Takeuchi, Shigeki; 10.1021/nl2024867

    2012-01-01

    Highly efficient coupling of photons from nanoemitters into single-mode optical fibers is demonstrated using tapered fibers. 7.4 +/- 1.2 % of the total emitted photons from single CdSe/ZnS nanocrystals were coupled into a 300-nm-diameter tapered fiber. The dependence of the coupling efficiency on the taper diameter was investigated and the coupling efficiency was found to increase exponentially with decreasing diameter. This method is very promising for nanoparticle sensing and single-photon sources.

  11. Effective Single Photon Decay Mode of Positronium Decay via Electroweak Interactions

    Pérez-Ríos, Jesús

    2015-01-01

    We consider the decay of positronium to a neutrino-antineutrino accompanied by a single photon. Since the neutrino pair go undetected, this appears as a single photon decay of positronium. These decay channel are mediated through the exchange of the massive $W$ and $Z$ vector bosons of the electroweak interaction. After summing over the various neutrino channels, the standard model calculation yields the rate for such a single photon decay process of $\\Gamma_{Ps \\rightarrow \\gamma}$ = 1.72 $\\times 10^{-19}$ s$^{-1}$.

  12. Developing a Parametric Downconversion Apparatus for Single-Photon Experiments in Quantum Optics

    Diiorio, Stephen

    2015-05-01

    We report our progress toward developing a parametric downconversion apparatus for studying single-photon quantum optics in undergraduate laboratory classes, following the model of Galvez et al.. We pump a beta barium borate (BBO) crystal with a 405 nm diode laser to produce correlated pairs of single-photons that we detect using avalanche photodiodes (APD). We can conduct coincidence and anti-coincidence counts and a measurement of the degree of second-order coherence with the apparatus, and we expect to report on single- and bi-photon interferometry experiments.

  13. Elliptical quantum dots as on-demand single photons sources with deterministic polarization states

    In quantum information, control of the single photon's polarization is essential. Here, we demonstrate single photon generation in a pre-programmed and deterministic polarization state, on a chip-scale platform, utilizing site-controlled elliptical quantum dots (QDs) synthesized by a top-down approach. The polarization from the QD emission is found to be linear with a high degree of linear polarization and parallel to the long axis of the ellipse. Single photon emission with orthogonal polarizations is achieved, and the dependence of the degree of linear polarization on the QD geometry is analyzed

  14. Single-photon counting in the 1550-nm wavelength region for quantum cryptography

    In this paper, we report the measured performance of an InGaAs avalanche photodiode (APD) Module fabricated for single-photon counting. We measured the dark current noise, the after-pulse noise, and the quantum efficiency of the single- photon detector for different temperatures. We then examined our single-photon source and detection system by measuring the coincident probability. From our measurement, we observed that the after-pulse effect of the APD at temperatures below 105 .deg. C caused cascade noise build-up on the succeeding electrical signals.

  15. Photon bremsstrahlung from quark jet via transverse and longitudinal scatterings: single versus multiple scatterings

    Zhang, Le; Qin, Guang-You

    2016-01-01

    We study the production of jet-bremsstrahlung photons through the scattering with the constituents of a dense nuclear matter within the framework of deep-inelastic scattering off a large nucleus. Applying a gradient expansion up to the second order for the exchanged three-dimensional momentum between jet and medium, we derive the single photon bremsstrahlung spectrum with the inclusion of the contributions from the transverse broadening as well as the longitudinal drag and diffusion of the hard parton's momentum. We also compare the medium-induced photon radiation spectra for single scattering and from the resummation of multiple scatterings. It is found that the coupling between different scatterings can give additional contribution to medium-induced photon radiation, while for small momentum exchange, the leading contribution from the drag and diffusions to the photon emission spectra remain the same for single and multiple scatterings.

  16. Generation of single photons with highly tunable wave shape from a cold atomic quantum memory

    Farrera, Pau; Albrecht, Boris; Ho, Melvyn; Chávez, Matías; Teo, Colin; Sangouard, Nicolas; de Riedmatten, Hugues

    2016-01-01

    We report on a single photon source with highly tunable photon shape based on a cold ensemble of Rubidium atoms. We follow the DLCZ scheme to implement an emissive quantum memory, which can be operated as a photon pair source with controllable delay. We find that the temporal wave shape of the emitted read photon can be precisely controlled by changing the shape of the driving read pulse. We generate photons with temporal durations varying over three orders of magnitude up to 10 {\\mu}s without a significant change of the read-out efficiency. We prove the non-classicality of the emitted photons by measuring their antibunching, showing near single photon behavior at low excitation probabilities. We also show that the photons are emitted in a pure state by measuring unconditional autocorrelation functions. Finally, to demonstrate the usability of the source for realistic applications, we create ultra-long single photons with a rising exponential or doubly peaked wave shape which are important for several quantum...

  17. Few-photon imaging at 1550 nm using a low-timing-jitter superconducting nanowire single-photon detector

    Zhou, H; You, L; Chen, S; Zhang, W; Wu, J; Wang, Z; Xie, X

    2015-01-01

    We demonstrated a laser depth imaging system based on the time-correlated single-photon counting technique, which was incorporated with a low-jitter superconducting nanowire single-photon detector (SNSPD), operated at the wavelength of 1550 nm. A sub-picosecond time-bin width was chosen for photon counting, resulting in a discrete noise of less than one/two counts for each time bin under indoor/outdoor daylight conditions, with a collection time of 50 ms. Because of the low-jitter SNSPD, the target signal histogram was significantly distinguishable, even for a fairly low retro-reflected photon flux. The depth information was determined directly by the highest bin counts, instead of using any data fitting combined with complex algorithms. Millimeter resolution depth imaging of a low-signature object was obtained, and more accurate data than that produced by the traditional Gaussian fitting method was generated. Combined with the intensity of the return photons, three-dimensional reconstruction overlaid with re...

  18. Efficient multi-mode to single-mode coupling in a photonic lantern

    Noordegraaf, Danny; Skovgaard, Peter M.; Nielsen, Martin D.;

    2009-01-01

    We demonstrate the fabrication of a high performance multi-mode (MM) to single-mode (SM) splitter or “photonic lantern”, first described by Leon-Saval et al. (2005). Our photonic lantern is a solid all-glass version, and we show experimentally that this device can be used to achieve efficient and...

  19. Fluorescence lifetime imaging by time-correlated single-photon counting

    Becker, W.; Bergmann, A.; Hink, M.A.; Konig, K.; Benndorf, K.; Biskup, C.

    2004-01-01

    We present a time-correlated single photon counting (TCPSC) technique that allows time-resolved multi-wavelength imaging in conjunction with a laser scanning microscope and a pulsed excitation source. The technique is based on a four-dimensional histogramming process that records the photon density

  20. Enhancement of Rydberg-mediated single-photon nonlinearities by electrically tuned Förster resonances.

    Gorniaczyk, H; Tresp, C; Bienias, P; Paris-Mandoki, A; Li, W; Mirgorodskiy, I; Büchler, H P; Lesanovsky, I; Hofferberth, S

    2016-01-01

    Mapping the strong interaction between Rydberg atoms onto single photons via electromagnetically induced transparency enables manipulation of light at the single-photon level and few-photon devices such as all-optical switches and transistors operated by individual photons. Here we demonstrate experimentally that Stark-tuned Förster resonances can substantially increase this effective interaction between individual photons. This technique boosts the gain of a single-photon transistor to over 100, enhances the non-destructive detection of single Rydberg atoms to a fidelity beyond 0.8, and enables high-precision spectroscopy on Rydberg pair states. On top, we achieve a gain larger than 2 with gate photon read-out after the transistor operation. Theory models for Rydberg polariton propagation on Förster resonance and for the projection of the stored spin-wave yield excellent agreement to our data and successfully identify the main decoherence mechanism of the Rydberg transistor, paving the way towards photonic quantum gates. PMID:27515278

  1. Experimental realization of highly efficient broadband coupling of single quantum dots to a photonic crystal waveguide

    Lund-Hansen, Toke; Stobbe, Søren; Julsgaard, Brian; Nielsen, Henri Thyrrestrup; Sünner, T.; Kamp, M.; Forchel, A.; Lodahl, Peter

    2008-01-01

    We present time-resolved spontaneous emission measurements of single quantum dots embedded in photonic crystal waveguides. Quantum dots that couple to a photonic crystal waveguide are found to decay up to 27 times faster than uncoupled quantum dots. From these measurements -factors of up to 0.89 ...

  2. Microwave single photon counting by using Rydberg atoms and its application for searching invisible axions

    A high sensitivity single photon counting method using Rydberg atoms is discussed and shown to be a promissing technique for detecting microwave photons converted from cosmic axions in a strong magnetic field by the Primakov effect. This method could give much better results compared with conventional methods. (author)

  3. Single-photon single ionization of W$^{+}$ ions: experiment and theory

    Müller, A; Hellhund, J; Holste, K; Kilcoyne, A L D; Phaneuf, R A; Ballance, C P; McLaughlin, B M

    2015-01-01

    Experimental and theoretical results are reported for photoionization of Ta-like (W$^{+}$) tungsten ions. Absolute cross sections were measured in the energy range 16 to 245 eV employing the photon-ion merged-beam setup at the Advanced Light Source in Berkeley. Detailed photon-energy scans at 100 meV bandwidth were performed in the 16 to 108 eV range. In addition, the cross section was scanned at 50 meV resolution in regions where fine resonance structures could be observed. Theoretical results were obtained from a Dirac-Coulomb R-matrix approach. Photoionization cross section calculations were performed for singly ionized atomic tungsten ions in their $5s^2 5p^6 5d^4({^5}D)6s \\; {^6}{\\rm D}_{J}$, $J$=1/2, ground level and the associated excited metastable levels with $J$=3/2, 5/2, 7/2 and 9/2. Since the ion beams used in the experiments must be expected to contain long-lived excited states also from excited configurations, additional cross-section calculations were performed for the second-lowest term, $5d^5...

  4. A bright single-photon source based on a photonic trumpet

    Munsch, Mathieu; Malik, Nitin S.; Bleuse, Joël; Dupuy, Emmanuel; Gregersen, Niels; Mørk, Jesper; Gérard, Jean-Michel; Claudon, Julien

    2012-01-01

    Fiber-like photonic nanowires, which are optical waveguides made of a high refractive index material n, have recently emerged as non-resonant systems providing an efficient spontaneous emission (SE) control. When they embed a quantum emitter like a quantum dot (QD), they find application to the realization of bright sources of quantum light and, reversibly, provide an efficient interface between propagating photons and the QD. For a wire diameter ∼ λ/n (λ is the operation wavelength), the fra...

  5. Practical single-photon-assisted remote state preparation with non-maximally entanglement

    Wang, Dong; Huang, Ai-Jun; Sun, Wen-Yang; Shi, Jia-Dong; Ye, Liu

    2016-08-01

    Remote state preparation (RSP) and joint remote state preparation (JRSP) protocols for single-photon states are investigated via linear optical elements with partially entangled states. In our scheme, by choosing two-mode instances from a polarizing beam splitter, only the sender in the communication protocol needs to prepare an ancillary single-photon and operate the entanglement preparation process in order to retrieve an arbitrary single-photon state from a photon pair in partially entangled state. In the case of JRSP, i.e., a canonical model of RSP with multi-party, we consider that the information of the desired state is split into many subsets and in prior maintained by spatially separate parties. Specifically, with the assistance of a single-photon state and a three-photon entangled state, it turns out that an arbitrary single-photon state can be jointly and remotely prepared with certain probability, which is characterized by the coefficients of both the employed entangled state and the target state. Remarkably, our protocol is readily to extend to the case for RSP and JRSP of mixed states with the all optical means. Therefore, our protocol is promising for communicating among optics-based multi-node quantum networks.

  6. Bright single photon source based on self-aligned quantum dot–cavity systems

    Maier, Sebastian; Gold, Peter; Forchel, Alfred;

    2014-01-01

    We report on a quasi-planar quantum-dot-based single-photon source that shows an unprecedented high extraction efficiency of 42% without complex photonic resonator geometries or post-growth nanofabrication. This very high efficiency originates from the coupling of the photons emitted by a quantum...... dot to a Gaussian shaped nanohill defect that naturally arises during epitaxial growth in a self-aligned manner. We investigate the morphology of these defects and characterize the photonic operation mechanism. Our results show that these naturally arising coupled quantum dot-defects provide a new...

  7. NFAD Arrays for Single Photon Optical Communications at 1.5 um Project

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — For this program, we propose to develop large pixel-count single photon counting detector arrays suitable for deployment in spacecraft terminal receivers supporting...

  8. Effect of Background Noise on the Photon Statistics of Triggered Single Molecules

    XIAO Lian-Tuan; ZHAO Yan-Ting; HUANG Tao; ZHAO Jian-Ming; YIN Wang-Bao; JIA Suo-Tang

    2004-01-01

    @@ We theoretically derive exact expressions for Mandel's Q parameter of the triggered single molecular source, which is inferred from the probabilities PRS(n) using the recorded of each photon detection event based on Hanbury Brown and Twiss detection. The real triggered source is recognized as an ideal single photon source with a Poissonian statistics background. How to decease the background and to increase the efficiency are discussed. It is established that the sub-Poissonian statistics formation can be determined by comparing the measured QRS of the real single triggered molecular with QC of the Poissonian source containing the same mean photons. By this method, we also give an efficient way to measure signal-to-background ratios of triggered single photons.

  9. Highly anisotropic decay rate of single quantum dots in photonic crystal membranes

    Wang, Qin; Stobbe, Søren; Nielsen, Henri Thyrrestrup; Hofmann, Holger; Kamp, Martin; Friess, Benedikt; Worschech, Lukas; Schlereth, Thomas; Hofling, Sven; Lodahl, Peter

    We measured the variation of spontaneous emission rates with polarization for self-assembled single quantum-dots in photonic crystal membranes, and obtained a maximum anisotropy factor of 6 between decay rates of the two nondegenerate bright states....

  10. Quantum Secret Sharing Protocol between Multiparty and Multiparty with Single Photons and Unitary Transformations

    YAN Feng-Li; GAO Ting; LI You-Cheng

    2008-01-01

    @@ We propose a scheme of quantum secret sharing between Alice's group and Bob's group with single photons and unitary transformations. In the protocol, one member in Alice's group prepares a sequence of single photons in one of four different states, while other members directly encode their information on the sequence of single photons via unitary operations; after that, the last member sends the sequence of single photons to Bob's group.Then Bob's, except for the last one, do work similarly. Finally the last member in Bob's group measures the qubits. If the security of the quantum channel is guaranteed by some tests, then the qubit states sent by the last member of Alice's group can be used as key bits for secret sharing. It is shown that this scheme is safe.

  11. Single Photon Sensitive HgCdTe Avalanche Photodiode Detector (APD) Project

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Leveraging Phase I SBIR successes, in Phase II, a single photon sensitive LIDAR receiver will be fabricated and delivered to NASA. In Phase I, high-gain,...

  12. Tuning the coupling of a single quantum dot to a photonic crystal waveguide

    Nielsen, Henri Thyrrestrup; Lodahl, Peter; Lund-Hansen, Toke

    2009-01-01

    We present time-resolved spontaneous emission measurements of a single quantum dot that is temperature tuned around the band edge of a photonic crystal waveguide. 85% efficient coupling to the slow-light waveguide mode is obtained.

  13. Quantum Frequency Conversion of Single-Photon States by Three and Four-Wave Mixing

    Raymer, Michael G.; Reddy, Dileep V.; Andersen, Lasse Mejling; Rottwitt, Karsten

    2013-01-01

    Three- or four-wave mixing can convert a single-photon wave packet to a new frequency. By tailoring the shapes of the pump(s), one can achieve add/drop functionality for different temporally orthogonal wave packets....

  14. Quantum Secret Sharing Protocol between Multiparty and Multiparty with Single Photons and Unitary Transformations

    We propose a scheme of quantum secret sharing between Alice's group and Bob's group with single photons and unitary transformations. In the protocol, one member in Alice's group prepares a sequence of single photons in one of four different states, while other members directly encode their information on the sequence of single photons via unitary operations; after that, the last member sends the sequence of single photons to Bob's group. Then Bob's, except for the last one, do work similarly. Finally the last member in Bob's group measures the qubits. If the security of the quantum channel is guaranteed by some tests, then the qubit states sent by the last member of Alice's group can be used as key bits for secret sharing. It is shown that this scheme is safe

  15. Modeling resonant cavities for single-photon waveguide sources

    Spectral correlations between photon pairs generated by spontaneous parametric down conversion (SPDC) in bulk non-linear optical crystals remain a hindrance to the implementation of efficient quantum communication architectures. It has been demonstrated that SPDC within a distributed micro-cavity can result in little or no correlation between photon pairs. We present results on modeling three different cavity configurations based on integrated Bragg gratings. Output from the SPDC process can be tailored by altering the periodicity and geometry of such nanostructures. We will discuss the merits of each cavity configuration from the standpoint of degenerate Type-II SPDC

  16. Quantum Computing Using Single Photons and the Zeno Effect

    Franson, J D; Pittman, T B

    2004-01-01

    We show that the quantum Zeno effect can be used to suppress the failure events that would otherwise occur in a linear optics approach to quantum computing. From a practical viewpoint, that would allow the implementation of deterministic logic gates without the need for ancilla photons or high-efficiency detectors. We also show that the photons can behave as if they were fermions instead of bosons in the presence of a strong Zeno effect, which leads to a new paradigm for quantum computation.

  17. Quantum Optics with Quantum Dots in Photonic Wires: Basics and Application to “Ultrabright” Single Photon Sources

    Gérard, J. M.; Claudon, J.; Bleuse, J.;

    2011-01-01

    We review recent experimental and theoretical results, which highlight the strong interest of the photonic wire (PW) geometry for quantum optics experiments with solid-state emitters, and for quantum optoelectronic devices. By studying single InAs QDs embedded within single-mode cylindrical GaAs PW......, we have noticeably observed a very strong (16 fold) inhibition of their spontaneous emission rate in the thin-wire limit, and a nearly perfect funnelling of their spontaneous emission into the guided mode for larger PWs. We present a novel single -photon-source based on the emission of a quantum dot....... Numerical simulations show that an efficiency higher than 0.9 can be obtained for optimized structures, under either optical or electrical pumping....

  18. CMOS SPAD-based image sensor for single photon counting and time of flight imaging

    Dutton, Neale Arthur William

    2016-01-01

    The facility to capture the arrival of a single photon, is the fundamental limit to the detection of quantised electromagnetic radiation. An image sensor capable of capturing a picture with this ultimate optical and temporal precision is the pinnacle of photo-sensing. The creation of high spatial resolution, single photon sensitive, and time-resolved image sensors in complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) technology offers numerous benefits in a wide field of applications....

  19. Exploiting Rydberg Atom Surface Phonon Polariton Coupling for Single Photon Subtraction

    Kübler, H.; Booth, D.; Sedlacek, J.; Zabawa, P.; Shaffer, J. P.

    2013-01-01

    We investigate a hybrid quantum system that consists of a superatom coupled to a surface phonon-polariton. We apply this hybrid quantum system to subtract individual photons from a beam of light. Rydberg atom blockade is used to attain absorption of a single photon by an atomic microtrap. Surface phonon-polariton coupling to the superatom then triggers the transfer of the excitation to a storage state, a single Rydberg atom. The approach utilizes the interaction between a superatom and a Mark...

  20. Single-photon quantum nondemolition detectors constructed with linear optics and projective measurements

    Kok, Pieter; Lee, Hwang; Dowling, Jonathan P.

    2002-01-01

    Optical quantum nondemolition devices can provide essential tools for quantum information processing. Here, we describe several optical interferometers that signal the presence of a single photon in a particular input state without destroying it. We discuss both entanglement-assisted and non-entanglement-assisted interferometers, with ideal and realistic detectors. We found that existing detectors with 88% quantum efficiency and single-photon resolution can yield output fidelities of up to 89...

  1. Optimal coupling of entangled photons into single-mode optical fibers

    Andrews, R; Sarkar, S; Sarkar, Sarben

    2004-01-01

    We present a consistent multimode theory that describes the coupling of single photons generated by collinear Type-I parametric down-conversion into single-mode optical fibers. We have calculated an analytic expression for the fiber diameter which maximizes the pair photon count rate. For a given focal length and wavelength, a lower limit of the fiber diameter for satisfactory coupling is obtained.

  2. Quantum Frequency Conversion of Single-Photon States by Three and Four-Wave Mixing

    Raymer, Michael G.; Reddy, Dileep V.; Andersen, Lasse Mejling;

    2013-01-01

    Three- or four-wave mixing can convert a single-photon wave packet to a new frequency. By tailoring the shapes of the pump(s), one can achieve add/drop functionality for different temporally orthogonal wave packets.......Three- or four-wave mixing can convert a single-photon wave packet to a new frequency. By tailoring the shapes of the pump(s), one can achieve add/drop functionality for different temporally orthogonal wave packets....

  3. Luminescence-induced noise in single photon sources based on BBO crystals

    Machulka, Radek; Lemr, Karel; Haderka, Ondřej; Lamperti, Marco; Allevi, Alessia; Bondani, Maria

    2014-11-01

    Single-photon sources based on the process of spontaneous parametric down-conversion play a key role in various applied disciplines of quantum optics. We characterize the intrinsic luminescence of BBO crystals as a source of non-removable noise in quantum-optics experiments. By analysing its spectral and temporal properties together with its intensity, we evaluate the impact of luminescence on single-photon state preparation using spontaneous parametric down-conversion.

  4. Reach of Environmental Influences on the Indistinguishability of Single Photons from Quantum Dots

    Huber, Tobias; Föger, Daniel; Solomon, Glenn; Weihs, Gregor

    2015-01-01

    In this letter, we present a detailed, all optical study of the influence of different excitation schemes on the indistinguishability of single photons from a single InAs quantum dot. For this study, we measure the Hong-Ou-Mandel interference of consecutive photons from the spontaneous emission of an InAs quantum dot state under various excitation schemes and different excitation conditions and give a comparison.

  5. Quantum dot resonant tunneling diode single photon detector with aluminum oxide aperture defined tunneling area

    Li, H W; Kardynal, Beata; Ellis, D. J. P.; Shields, A.J.; Farrer, I.; Ritchie, D. A.

    2008-01-01

    Quantum dot resonant tunneling diode single photon detector with independently defined absorption and sensing areas is demonstrated. The device, in which the tunneling is constricted to an aperture in an insulating layer in the emitter, shows electrical characteristics typical of high quality resonant tunneling diodes. A single photon detection efficiency of 2.1%+/- 0.1% at 685 nm was measured corresponding to an internal quantum efficiency of 14%. The devices are simple to fabricate, robust,...

  6. A Single-Photon Avalanche Diode Imager for Fluorescence Lifetime Applications

    Schwartz, David E.; Charbon, Edoardo; Shepard, Kenneth L.

    2007-01-01

    A 64-by-64-pixel CMOS single-photon avalanche diode (SPAD) imager for time-resolved fluorescence detection features actively quenched and reset pixels, allowing gated detection to eliminate pile-up nonlinearities common to most time-correlated single-photon counting (TCSPC) approaches. Timing information is collected using an on-chip time-to-digital converter (TDC) based on a counter and a supply-regulated delay-locked loop (DLL).

  7. A quantum phase switch between a single solid-state spin and a photon

    Sun, Shuo; Kim, Hyochul; Solomon, Glenn S.; Waks, Edo

    2016-06-01

    Interactions between single spins and photons are essential for quantum networks and distributed quantum computation. Achieving spin–photon interactions in a solid-state device could enable compact chip-integrated quantum circuits operating at gigahertz bandwidths. Many theoretical works have suggested using spins embedded in nanophotonic structures to attain this high-speed interface. These proposals implement a quantum switch where the spin flips the state of the photon and a photon flips the spin state. However, such a switch has not yet been realized using a solid-state spin system. Here, we report an experimental realization of a spin–photon quantum switch using a single solid-state spin embedded in a nanophotonic cavity. We show that the spin state strongly modulates the polarization of a reflected photon, and a single reflected photon coherently rotates the spin state. These strong spin–photon interactions open up a promising direction for solid-state implementations of high-speed quantum networks and on-chip quantum information processors using nanophotonic devices.

  8. High-fidelity transfer and storage of photon states in a single nuclear spin

    Yang, Sen; Wang, Ya; Rao, D. D. Bhaktavatsala; Hien Tran, Thai; Momenzadeh, Ali S.; Markham, M.; Twitchen, D. J.; Wang, Ping; Yang, Wen; Stöhr, Rainer; Neumann, Philipp; Kosaka, Hideo; Wrachtrup, Jörg

    2016-08-01

    Long-distance quantum communication requires photons and quantum nodes that comprise qubits for interaction with light and good memory capabilities, as well as processing qubits for the storage and manipulation of photons. Owing to the unavoidable photon losses, robust quantum communication over lossy transmission channels requires quantum repeater networks. A necessary and highly demanding prerequisite for these networks is the existence of quantum memories with long coherence times to reliably store the incident photon states. Here we demonstrate the high-fidelity (∼98%) coherent transfer of a photon polarization state to a single solid-state nuclear spin that has a coherence time of over 10 s. The storage process is achieved by coherently transferring the polarization state of a photon to an entangled electron–nuclear spin state of a nitrogen–vacancy centre in diamond. The nuclear spin-based optical quantum memory demonstrated here paves the way towards an absorption-based quantum repeater network.

  9. A SINGLE PHOTON SOURCE MODEL BASED ON QUANTUM DOT AND MICROCAVITY

    Moez ATTIA

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available We report a single photon source model which consists on InAs/GaAs pyramidal quantum dot (QDmodel based on effective mass theory to calculate the emitted photons energies. We study the choice ofgeometrics parameters of QD to obtain emission at 1550 nm. This quantum dot must be embedded on amicrocavity to improve the live time of photon at 1550 nm and inhibit the others photons to increase theprobability to obtain only one emitted photon. We present two kinds of microcavities; the first based ontwo dimensional photonic crystal over GaAs, we study the geometric parameters choice to obtain a heightdensity of mode (DOM at 1550 nm; the second microcavity is based on microdisk structure over GaAswe evaluate the impact of radius variation to obtain whispering-gallery mode at 1550 nm. This study canserve for the conception of new quantum communications protocols.

  10. Tailored-waveguide based photonic chip for manipulating an array of single neutral atoms.

    Ke, Min; Zhou, Feng; Li, Xiao; Wang, Jin; Zhan, Mingsheng

    2016-05-01

    We propose a tailored-waveguide based photonic chip with the functions of trapping, coherently manipulating, detecting and individually addressing an array of single neutral atoms. Such photonic chip consists of an array of independent functional units spaced by a few micrometers, each of which is comprised of one silica-on-silicon optical waveguide and one phase Fresnel microlens etched in the middle of the output interface of the optical waveguide. We fabricated a number of photonic chips with 7 functional units and measured optical characteristics of these chips. We further propose feasible schemes to realize the functions of such photonic chip. The photonic chip is stable, scalable and can be combined with other integrated devices, such as atom chips, and can be used in the future hybrid quantum system and photonic quantum devices. PMID:27137532

  11. Dynamically reconfigurable directionality of plasmon-based single photon sources

    Chen, Yuntian; Lodahl, Peter; Koenderink, A. Femius

    2010-01-01

    beams can be switched on and off by switching host refractive index. The design method is based on engineering the dispersion relations of plasmon chains and is generally applicable to traveling wave antennas. Controllable photon delivery has potential applications in classical and quantum communication....

  12. A high-fidelity photon gun: intensity-squeezed light from a single molecule

    Chu, Xiao-Liu; Sandoghdar, Vahid

    2016-01-01

    A two-level atom cannot emit more than one photon at a time. As early as the 1980s, this quantum feature was identified as a gateway to "single-photon sources", where a regular excitation sequence would create a stream of light particles with photon number fluctuations below the shot noise. Such an intensity squeezed beam of light would be desirable for a range of applications such as quantum imaging, sensing, enhanced precision measurements and information processing. However, experimental realizations of these sources have been hindered by large losses caused by low photon collection efficiencies and photophysical shortcomings. By using a planar metallo-dielectric antenna applied to an organic molecule, we demonstrate the most regular stream of single photons reported to date. Measured intensity fluctuations reveal 2.2 dB squeezing limited by our detection efficiency, equivalent to 6.2 dB intensity squeezing right after the antenna.

  13. Bright single photon source based on self-aligned quantum dot-cavity systems.

    Maier, Sebastian; Gold, Peter; Forchel, Alfred; Gregersen, Niels; Mørk, Jesper; Höfling, Sven; Schneider, Christian; Kamp, Martin

    2014-04-01

    We report on a quasi-planar quantum-dot-based single-photon source that shows an unprecedented high extraction efficiency of 42% without complex photonic resonator geometries or post-growth nanofabrication. This very high efficiency originates from the coupling of the photons emitted by a quantum dot to a Gaussian shaped nanohill defect that naturally arises during epitaxial growth in a self-aligned manner. We investigate the morphology of these defects and characterize the photonic operation mechanism. Our results show that these naturally arising coupled quantum dot-defects provide a new avenue for efficient (up to 42% demonstrated) and pure (g(2)(0) value of 0.023) single-photon emission. PMID:24718190

  14. Coherent perfect absorption in deeply subwavelength films in the single photon regime

    Roger, Thomas; Bolduc, Eliot; Valente, Joao; Heitz, Julius J F; Jeffers, John; Soci, Cesare; Leach, Jonathan; Couteau, Christophe; Zheludev, Nikolay; Faccio, Daniele

    2016-01-01

    The technologies of heating, photovoltaics, water photocatalysis and artificial photosynthesis depend on the absorption of light and novel approaches such as coherent absorption from a standing wave promise total dissipation of energy. Extending the control of absorption down to very low light levels and eventually to the single photon regime is of great interest yet remains largely unexplored. Here we demonstrate the coherent absorption of single photons in a deeply sub-wavelength 50% absorber. We show that while absorption of photons from a travelling wave is probabilistic, standing wave absorption can be observed deterministically, with nearly unitary probability of coupling a photon into a mode of the material, e.g. a localised plasmon when this is a metamaterial excited at the plasmon resonance. These results bring a better understanding of the coherent absorption process, which is of central importance for light harvesting, detection, sensing and photonic data processing applications.

  15. Broad working bandwidth and "endlessly" single-mode guidance within hybrid silicon photonics.

    Bougot-Robin, K; Hugonin, J-P; Besbes, M; Benisty, H

    2015-08-01

    The successes of nonlinear photonics and hybrid silicon photonics with a growing variety of functional materials entail ever-enlarging bandwidths. It is best exemplified by parametric comb frequency generation. Such operation challenges the dielectric channel waveguide as the basis for guidance, because of the adverse advent of higher order modes at short wavelengths. Surprisingly, the popular mechanism of endlessly single-mode guidance [Opt. Lett.22, 961 (1997).] operating in photonic crystal fibers has not been transposed within silicon photonics yet. We outline here the strategy and potential of this approach within planar and hybrid silicon photonics, whereby in-plane and vertical confinement are shown to be amenable to near-single-mode behavior in the typical silicon band, i.e., λ=1.1  μm to ∼5  μm. PMID:26258345

  16. Single telecom photon heralding by wavelength multiplexing in an optical fiber

    Lenhard, Andreas; Brito, José; Kucera, Stephan; Bock, Matthias; Eschner, Jürgen; Becher, Christoph

    2016-01-01

    We demonstrate the multiplexing of a weak coherent and a quantum state of light in a single telecommunication fiber. For this purpose, we make use of spontaneous parametric down conversion and quantum frequency conversion to generate photon pairs at 854 nm and the telecom O-band. The herald photon at 854 nm triggers a telecom C-band laser pulse. The telecom single photon (O-band) and the laser pulse (C-band) are combined and coupled to a standard telecom fiber. Low-background time correlation between the weak coherent and quantum signal behind the fiber shows successful multiplexing.

  17. Measurement of the transverse spatial quantum state of light at the single-photon level

    Smith, B J; Raymer, M G; Walmsley, I A; Banaszek, K; Smith, Brian J.; Killett, Bryan

    2005-01-01

    We present an experimental method to measure the transverse spatial quantum state of an optical field in coordinate space at the single-photon level. The continuous-variable measurements are made with a photon-counting, parity-inverting Sagnac interferometer based on all-reflecting optics. The technique provides a large numerical aperture without distorting the shape of the wave front, does not introduce astigmatism, and allows for characterization of fully or partially coherent optical fields at the single-photon level. Measurements of the transverse spatial Wigner functions for highly attenuated coherent beams are presented and compared to theoretical predictions.

  18. Single Photon Transport through an Atomic Chain Coupled to a One-dimensional Nanophotonic Waveguide

    Liao, Zeyang; Zeng, Xiaodong; Zhu, Shi-Yao; Zubairy, M. Suhail

    2015-01-01

    We study the dynamics of a single photon pulse travels through a linear atomic chain coupled to a one-dimensional (1D) single mode photonic waveguide. We derive a time-dependent dynamical theory for this collective many-body system which allows us to study the real time evolution of the photon transport and the atomic excitations. Our analytical result is consistent with previous numerical calculations when there is only one atom. For an atomic chain, the collective interaction between the at...

  19. Simulation and Characterization of Single Photon Detectors for Fluorescence Lifetime Spectroscopy and Gamma-ray Applications

    Benetti, Michele

    2012-01-01

    Gamma-ray and Fluorescence Lifetime Spectroscopies are driving the development of non-imaging silicon photon sensors and, in this context, Silicon Photo-Multipliers (SiPM)s are leading the starring role. They are 2D array of optical diodes called Single Photon Avalanche Diodes (SPAD)s, and are normally fabricated with a dedicated silicon process. SPADs amplify the charge produced by the single absorbed photon in a way that recalls the avalanche amplification exploited in Photo-Multiplier Tube...

  20. Electronic-state-controlled reset operation in quantum dot resonant-tunneling single-photon detectors

    The authors present a systematic study of an introduced reset operation on quantum dot (QD) single photon detectors operating at 77 K. The detectors are based on an AlAs/GaAs/AlAs double-barrier resonant tunneling diode with an adjacent layer of self-assembled InAs QDs. Sensitive single-photon detection in high (dI)/(dV) region with suppressed current fluctuations is achieved. The dynamic detection range is extended up to at least 104 photons/s for sensitive imaging applications by keeping the device far from saturation by employing an appropriate reset frequency

  1. Electronic-state-controlled reset operation in quantum dot resonant-tunneling single-photon detectors

    Weng, Q. C.; Zhu, Z. Q. [Key Laboratory of Polar Materials and Devices, Ministry of Education, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200241 (China); An, Z. H., E-mail: anzhenghua@fudan.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Surface Physics and Institute of Advanced Materials, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433 (China); Song, J. D.; Choi, W. J. [Center for Opto-Electronic Convergence Systems, Institute of Science and Technology, Seoul 130-650 (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-02-03

    The authors present a systematic study of an introduced reset operation on quantum dot (QD) single photon detectors operating at 77 K. The detectors are based on an AlAs/GaAs/AlAs double-barrier resonant tunneling diode with an adjacent layer of self-assembled InAs QDs. Sensitive single-photon detection in high (dI)/(dV) region with suppressed current fluctuations is achieved. The dynamic detection range is extended up to at least 10{sup 4} photons/s for sensitive imaging applications by keeping the device far from saturation by employing an appropriate reset frequency.

  2. Near-optimal single-photon sources in the solid state

    Somaschi, N.; Giesz, V.; de Santis, L.; Loredo, J. C.; Almeida, M. P.; Hornecker, G.; Portalupi, S. L.; Grange, T.; Antón, C.; Demory, J.; Gómez, C.; Sagnes, I.; Lanzillotti-Kimura, N. D.; Lemaítre, A.; Auffeves, A.; White, A. G.; Lanco, L.; Senellart, P.

    2016-05-01

    The scaling of optical quantum technologies requires efficient, on-demand sources of highly indistinguishable single photons. Semiconductor quantum dots inserted into photonic structures are ultrabright single-photon sources, yet the indistinguishability is limited by charge noise. Parametric downconversion sources provide highly indistinguishable photons but are operated at very low brightness to maintain high single-photon purity. To date, no technology has provided a bright source generating near-unity indistinguishability and pure single photons. Here, we report such devices made of quantum dots in electrically controlled cavities. Application of an electrical bias on the deterministically fabricated structures is shown to strongly reduce charge noise. Under resonant excitation, an indistinguishability of 0.9956 ± 0.0045 is demonstrated with g(2)(0) = 0.0028 ± 0.0012. The photon extraction of 65% and measured brightness of 0.154 ± 0.015 make this source 20 times brighter than any source of equal quality. This new generation of sources opens the way to new levels of complexity and scalability in optical quantum technologies.

  3. Ultrabright single-photon source on diamond with electrical pumping at room and high temperatures

    Fedyanin, D. Yu; Agio, M.

    2016-07-01

    The recently demonstrated electroluminescence of color centers in diamond makes them one of the best candidates for room temperature single-photon sources. However, the reported emission rates are far off what can be achieved by state-of-the-art electrically driven epitaxial quantum dots. Since the electroluminescence mechanism has not yet been elucidated, it is not clear to what extent the emission rate can be increased. Here we develop a theoretical framework to study single-photon emission from color centers in diamond under electrical pumping. The proposed model comprises electron and hole trapping and releasing, transitions between the ground and excited states of the color center as well as structural transformations of the center due to carrier trapping. It provides the possibility to predict both the photon emission rate and the wavelength of emitted photons. Self-consistent numerical simulations of the single-photon emitting diode based on the proposed model show that the photon emission rate can be as high as 100 kcounts s‑1 at standard conditions. In contrast to most optoelectronic devices, the emission rate steadily increases with the device temperature achieving of more than 100 Mcount s‑1 at 500 K, which is highly advantageous for practical applications. These results demonstrate the potential of color centers in diamond as electrically driven non-classical light emitters and provide a foundation for the design and development of single-photon sources for optical quantum computation and quantum communication networks operating at room and higher temperatures.

  4. Coherent properties of single quantum dot transitions and single photon emission

    Ester, Patrick

    2008-04-23

    of the first laser pulse. The relative phase of the QDs exciton can be controlled externally via the bias voltage. This effect is the basis for the observation of RAMSEY-fringes, which are presented in this work. The coherent manipulation of the p-shell is the basis for a novel excitation scheme for single photon emission. In this work it is shown that the first excited state can be coherently manipulated, similar to the ground state. (orig.)

  5. Coherent properties of single quantum dot transitions and single photon emission

    of the first laser pulse. The relative phase of the QDs exciton can be controlled externally via the bias voltage. This effect is the basis for the observation of RAMSEY-fringes, which are presented in this work. The coherent manipulation of the p-shell is the basis for a novel excitation scheme for single photon emission. In this work it is shown that the first excited state can be coherently manipulated, similar to the ground state. (orig.)

  6. Generating single-photon catalyzed coherent states with quantum-optical catalysis

    Xu, Xue-xiang; Yuan, Hong-chun

    2016-07-01

    We theoretically generate single-photon catalyzed coherent states (SPCCSs) by means of quantum-optical catalysis based on the beam splitter (BS) or the parametric amplifier (PA). These states are obtained in one of the BS (or PA) output channels if a coherent state and a single-photon Fock state are present in two input ports and a single photon is registered in the other output port. The success probabilities of the detection (also the normalization factors) are discussed, which is different for BS and PA catalysis. In addition, we prove that the generated states catalyzed by BS and PA devices are actually the same quantum states after analyzing photon number distribution of the SPCCSs. The quantum properties of the SPCCSs, such as sub-Poissonian distribution, anti-bunching effect, quadrature squeezing effect, and the negativity of the Wigner function are investigated in detail. The results show that the SPCCSs are non-Gaussian states with an abundance of nonclassicality.

  7. Heralded single-photon sources for quantum-key-distribution applications

    Schiavon, Matteo; Vallone, Giuseppe; Ticozzi, Francesco; Villoresi, Paolo

    2016-01-01

    Single-photon sources (SPSs) are a fundamental building block for optical implementations of quantum information protocols. Among SPSs, multiple crystal heralded single-photon sources seem to give the best compromise between high pair production rate and low multiple photon events. In this work, we study their performance in a practical quantum-key-distribution experiment, by evaluating the achievable key rates. The analysis focuses on the two different schemes, symmetric and asymmetric, proposed for the practical implementation of heralded single-photon sources, with attention on the performance of their composing elements. The analysis is based on the protocol proposed by Bennett and Brassard in 1984 and on its improvement exploiting decoy state technique. Finally, a simple way of exploiting the postselection mechanism for a passive, one decoy state scheme is evaluated.

  8. Quantum teleportation between a single-rail single-photon qubit and a coherent-state qubit using hybrid entanglement under decoherence effects

    Jeong, Hyunseok; Bae, Seunglee; Choi, Seongjeon

    2016-02-01

    We study quantum teleportation between two different types of optical qubits using hybrid entanglement as a quantum channel under decoherence effects. One type of qubit employs the vacuum and single-photon states for the basis, called a single-rail single-photon qubit, and the other utilizes coherent states of opposite phases. We find that teleportation from a single-rail single-photon qubit to a coherent-state qubit is better than the opposite direction in terms of fidelity and success probability. We compare our results with those using a different type of hybrid entanglement between a polarized single-photon qubit and a coherent state.

  9. Single-Photon Avalanche Diodes (SPAD) in CMOS 0.35 μm technology

    Pellion, D.; Jradi, K.; Brochard, N.; Prêle, D.; Ginhac, D.

    2015-07-01

    Some decades ago single photon detection used to be the terrain of photomultiplier tube (PMT), thanks to its characteristics of sensitivity and speed. However, PMT has several disadvantages such as low quantum efficiency, overall dimensions, and cost, making them unsuitable for compact design of integrated systems. So, the past decade has seen a dramatic increase in interest in new integrated single-photon detectors called Single-Photon Avalanche Diodes (SPAD) or Geiger-mode APD. SPAD are working in avalanche mode above the breakdown level. When an incident photon is captured, a very fast avalanche is triggered, generating an easily detectable current pulse. This paper discusses SPAD detectors fabricated in a standard CMOS technology featuring both single-photon sensitivity, and excellent timing resolution, while guaranteeing a high integration. In this work, we investigate the design of SPAD detectors using the AMS 0.35 μm CMOS Opto technology. Indeed, such standard CMOS technology allows producing large surface (few mm2) of single photon sensitive detectors. Moreover, SPAD in CMOS technologies could be associated to electronic readout such as active quenching, digital to analog converter, memories and any specific processing required to build efficient calorimeters1

  10. Single-photon compressive imaging with some performance benefits over raster scanning

    A single-photon imaging system based on compressed sensing has been developed to image objects under ultra-low illumination. With this system, we have successfully realized imaging at the single-photon level with a single-pixel avalanche photodiode without point-by-point raster scanning. From analysis of the signal-to-noise ratio in the measurement we find that our system has much higher sensitivity than conventional ones based on point-by-point raster scanning, while the measurement time is also reduced. - Highlights: • We design a single photon imaging system with compressed sensing. • A single point avalanche photodiode is used without raster scanning. • The Poisson shot noise in the measurement is analyzed. • The sensitivity of our system is proved to be higher than that of raster scanning

  11. Polarization control of single photon quantum orbital angular momentum states

    Nagali, E.; Sciarrino, F.; De Martini, F.; Piccirillo, B.; Karimi, E.; Marrucci, L.; Santamato, E.

    2009-01-01

    The orbital angular momentum of photons, being defined in an infinitely dimensional discrete Hilbert space, offers a promising resource for high-dimensional quantum information protocols in quantum optics. The biggest obstacle to its wider use is presently represented by the limited set of tools available for its control and manipulation. Here, we introduce and test experimentally a series of simple optical schemes for the coherent transfer of quantum information from the polarization to the ...

  12. Demonstration of quantum permutation algorithm with a single photon ququart

    Feiran Wang; Yunlong Wang; Ruifeng Liu; Dongxu Chen; Pei Zhang; Hong Gao; Fuli Li

    2015-01-01

    We report an experiment to demonstrate a quantum permutation determining algorithm with linear optical system. By employing photon's polarization and spatial mode, we realize the quantum ququart states and all the essential permutation transformations. The quantum permutation determining algorithm displays the speedup of quantum algorithm by determining the parity of the permutation in only one step of evaluation compared with two for classical algorithm. This experiment is accomplished in si...

  13. Generation and efficient measurement of single photons from fixed-frequency superconducting qubits

    Kindel, William F.; Schroer, M. D.; Lehnert, K. W.

    2016-03-01

    We demonstrate and evaluate an on-demand source of single itinerant microwave photons. Photons are generated using a highly coherent, fixed-frequency qubit-cavity system, and a protocol where the microwave control field is far detuned from the photon emission frequency. By using a Josephson parametric amplifier (JPA), we perform efficient single-quadrature detection of the state emerging from the cavity. We characterize the imperfections of the photon generation and detection, including detection inefficiency and state infidelity caused by measurement back-action over a range of JPA gains from 17 to 33 dB. We observe that both detection efficiency and undesirable back-action increase with JPA gain. We find that the density matrix has its maximum single-photon component ρ11=0.36 ±0.01 at 29 dB JPA gain. At this gain, back-action of the JPA creates cavity photon number fluctuations that we model as a thermal distribution with an average photon number n ¯=0.041 ±0.003 .

  14. Single-Photon-Sensitive HgCdTe Avalanche Photodiode Detector

    Huntington, Andrew

    2013-01-01

    The purpose of this program was to develop single-photon-sensitive short-wavelength infrared (SWIR) and mid-wavelength infrared (MWIR) avalanche photodiode (APD) receivers based on linear-mode HgCdTe APDs, for application by NASA in light detection and ranging (lidar) sensors. Linear-mode photon-counting APDs are desired for lidar because they have a shorter pixel dead time than Geiger APDs, and can detect sequential pulse returns from multiple objects that are closely spaced in range. Linear-mode APDs can also measure photon number, which Geiger APDs cannot, adding an extra dimension to lidar scene data for multi-photon returns. High-gain APDs with low multiplication noise are required for efficient linear-mode detection of single photons because of APD gain statistics -- a low-excess-noise APD will generate detectible current pulses from single photon input at a much higher rate of occurrence than will a noisy APD operated at the same average gain. MWIR and LWIR electron-avalanche HgCdTe APDs have been shown to operate in linear mode at high average avalanche gain (M > 1000) without excess multiplication noise (F = 1), and are therefore very good candidates for linear-mode photon counting. However, detectors fashioned from these narrow-bandgap alloys require aggressive cooling to control thermal dark current. Wider-bandgap SWIR HgCdTe APDs were investigated in this program as a strategy to reduce detector cooling requirements.

  15. Probabilistically cloning two single-photon states using weak cross-Kerr nonlinearities

    By using quantum nondemolition detectors (QNDs) based on weak cross-Kerr nonlinearities, we propose an experimental scheme for achieving 1→2 probabilistic quantum cloning (PQC) of a single-photon state, secretly choosing from a two-state set. In our scheme, after a QND is performed on the to-be-cloned photon and the assistant photon, a single-photon projection measurement is performed by a polarization beam splitter (PBS) and two single-photon trigger detectors (SPTDs). The measurement is to judge whether the PQC should be continued. If the cloning fails, a cutoff is carried out and some operations are omitted. This makes our scheme economical. If the PQC is continued according to the measurement result, two more QNDs and some unitary operations are performed on the to-be-cloned photon and the cloning photon to achieve the PQC in a nearly deterministic way. Our experimental scheme for PQC is feasible for future technology. Furthermore, the quantum logic network of our PQC scheme is presented. In comparison with similar networks, our PQC network is simpler and more economical. (paper)

  16. In-depth study of single photon time resolution for the Philips digital silicon photomultiplier

    Liu, Z.; Gundacker, S.; Pizzichemi, M.; Ghezzi, A.; Auffray, E.; Lecoq, P.; Paganoni, M.

    2016-06-01

    The digital silicon photomultiplier (SiPM) has been commercialised by Philips as an innovative technology compared to analog silicon photomultiplier devices. The Philips digital SiPM, has a pair of time to digital converters (TDCs) connected to 12800 single photon avalanche diodes (SPADs). Detailed measurements were performed to understand the low photon time response of the Philips digital SiPM. The single photon time resolution (SPTR) of every single SPAD in a pixel consisting of 3200 SPADs was measured and an average value of 85 ps full width at half maximum (FWHM) was observed. Each SPAD sends the signal to the TDC with different signal propagation time, resulting in a so called trigger network skew. This distribution of the trigger network skew for a pixel (3200 SPADs) has been measured and a variation of 50 ps FWHM was extracted. The SPTR of the whole pixel is the combination of SPAD jitter, trigger network skew, and the SPAD non-uniformity. The SPTR of a complete pixel was 103 ps FWHM at 3.3 V above breakdown voltage. Further, the effect of the crosstalk at a low photon level has been studied, with the two photon time resolution degrading if the events are a combination of detected (true) photons and crosstalk events. Finally, the time response to multiple photons was investigated.

  17. Single passband microwave photonic filter with wideband tunability and adjustable bandwidth.

    Chen, Tong; Yi, Xiaoke; Li, Liwei; Minasian, Robert

    2012-11-15

    A new and simple structure for a single passband microwave photonic filter is presented. It is based on using an electro-optical phase modulator and a tunable optical filter and only requires a single wavelength source and a single photodetector. Experimental results are presented that demonstrate a single passband, flat-top radio-frequency filter response without free spectral range limitations, along with the capability of tuning the center frequency and filter bandwidth independently. PMID:23164884

  18. Coherent propagation of a single photon in a lossless medium: $0\\pi$ pulse formation, slow photon, storage and retrieval in multiple temporal modes

    Petrosyan, Shushan; Malakyan, Yuri

    2013-01-01

    Single-photon coherent optics represents a fundamental importance for the investigation of quantum light-matter interactions. While most work has considered the interaction in the steady-state regime, here we demonstrate that a single-photon pulse shorter than any relaxation time in a medium propagates without energy loss and is consistently transformed into a zero-area pulse. A general analytical solution is found for photon passage through a cold ensemble of $\\Lambda$-type atoms confined in...

  19. Quantum Transduction of Telecommunications-band Single Photons from a Quantum Dot by Frequency Upconversion

    Rakher, Matthew T; Slattery, Oliver; Tang, Xiao; Srinivasan, Kartik

    2010-01-01

    The ability to transduce non-classical states of light from one wavelength to another is a requirement for integrating disparate quantum systems that take advantage of telecommunications-band photons for optical fiber transmission of quantum information and near-visible, stationary systems for manipulation and storage. In addition, transducing a single-photon source at 1.3 {\\mu}m to visible wavelengths for detection would be integral to linear optical quantum computation due to the challenges of detection in the nearinfrared. Recently, transduction at single-photon power levels has been accomplished through frequency upconversion, but it has yet to be demonstrated for a true single-photon source. Here, we transduce the triggered single-photon emission of a semiconductor quantum dot at 1.3 {\\mu}m to 710 nm with a total detection (internal conversion) efficiency of 21% (75%). We demonstrate that the 710 nm signal maintains the quantum character of the 1.3 {\\mu}m signal, yielding a photon anti-bunched second-ord...

  20. Single Photon Counting Detectors for Low Light Level Imaging Applications

    Kolb, Kimberly

    2015-10-01

    This dissertation presents the current state-of-the-art of semiconductor-based photon counting detector technologies. HgCdTe linear-mode avalanche photodiodes (LM-APDs), silicon Geiger-mode avalanche photodiodes (GM-APDs), and electron-multiplying CCDs (EMCCDs) are compared via their present and future performance in various astronomy applications. LM-APDs are studied in theory, based on work done at the University of Hawaii. EMCCDs are studied in theory and experimentally, with a device at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab. The emphasis of the research is on GM-APD imaging arrays, developed at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and tested at the RIT Center for Detectors. The GM-APD research includes a theoretical analysis of SNR and various performance metrics, including dark count rate, afterpulsing, photon detection efficiency, and intrapixel sensitivity. The effects of radiation damage on the GM-APD were also characterized by introducing a cumulative dose of 50 krad(Si) via 60 MeV protons. Extensive development of Monte Carlo simulations and practical observation simulations was completed, including simulated astronomical imaging and adaptive optics wavefront sensing. Based on theoretical models and experimental testing, both the current state-of-the-art performance and projected future performance of each detector are compared for various applications. LM-APD performance is currently not competitive with other photon counting technologies, and are left out of the application-based comparisons. In the current state-of-the-art, EMCCDs in photon counting mode out-perform GM-APDs for long exposure scenarios, though GM-APDs are better for short exposure scenarios (fast readout) due to clock-induced-charge (CIC) in EMCCDs. In the long term, small improvements in GM-APD dark current will make them superior in both long and short exposure scenarios for extremely low flux. The efficiency of GM-APDs will likely always be less than EMCCDs, however, which is particularly disadvantageous for

  1. Electro-mechanical engineering of non-classical photon emissions from single quantum dots

    Indistinguishable photons and entangled photon pairs are the key elements for quantum information applications, for example, building a quantum repeater. Self-assembled semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) are promising candidates for the creation of such non-classical photon emissions, and offer the possibility to be integrated into solid state devices. However, due to the random nature of the self-assembled growth process, post-growth treatments are required to engineer the exciton state in the QDs (e.g. energies, exciton lifetimes, and fine structure splittings). In this work, we study the electro-mechanical engineering of the exciton lifetime, emission energy in the QDs, with the aim to produce single photons with higher indistinguishability. Also we present a recent experimental study on the statistical properties of fine structure splittings in the QD ensemble, in order to gain a deeper understanding of how to generate entangled photon pairs using semiconductor QDs.

  2. Three-dimensional single gyroid photonic crystals with a mid-infrared bandgap

    Peng, Siying; Chen, Valerian H; Khabiboulline, Emil T; Braun, Paul; Atwater, Harry A

    2016-01-01

    A gyroid structure is a distinct morphology that is triply periodic and consists of minimal isosurfaces containing no straight lines. We have designed and synthesized amorphous silicon (a-Si) mid-infrared gyroid photonic crystals that exhibit a complete bandgap in infrared spectroscopy measurements. Photonic crystals were synthesized by deposition of a-Si/Al2O3 coatings onto a sacrificial polymer scaffold defined by two-photon lithography. We observed a 100% reflectance at 7.5 \\mum for single gyroids with a unit cell size of 4.5 \\mum, in agreement with the photonic bandgap position predicted from full-wave electromagnetic simulations, whereas the observed reflection peak shifted to 8 um for a 5.5 \\mum unit cell size. This approach represents a simulation-fabrication-characterization platform to realize three-dimensional gyroid photonic crystals with well-defined dimensions in real space and tailored properties in momentum space.

  3. Atom-Resonant Heralded Single Photons by Interaction-Free Measurement

    Wolfgramm, Florian; Beduini, Federica A; Cere, Alessandro; Mitchell, Morgan W; 10.1103/PhysRevLett.106.053602

    2011-01-01

    We demonstrate the generation of rubidium-resonant heralded single photons for quantum memories. Photon pairs are created by cavity-enhanced down-conversion and narrowed in bandwidth to 7 MHz with a novel atom-based filter operating by "interaction-free measurement" principles. At least 94% of the heralded photons are atom-resonant as demonstrated by a direct absorption measurement with rubidium vapor. A heralded auto-correlation measurement shows $g_c^{(2)}(0)=0.040 \\pm 0.012$, i.e., suppression of multi-photon contributions by a factor of 25 relative to a coherent state. The generated heralded photons can readily be used in quantum memories and quantum networks.

  4. Nano-optical observation of cascade switching in a parallel superconducting nanowire single photon detector

    Heath, Robert M; Casaburi, Alessandro; Webster, Mark G; Alvarez, Lara San Emeterio; Barber, Zoe H; Warburton, Richard J; Hadfield, Robert H

    2014-01-01

    The device physics of parallel-wire superconducting nanowire single photon detectors is based on a cascade process. Using nano-optical techniques and a parallel wire device with spatially-separate pixels we explicitly demonstrate the single- and multi-photon triggering regimes. We develop a model for describing efficiency of a detector operating in the arm-trigger regime. We investigate the timing response of the detector when illuminating a single pixel and two pixels. We see a change in the active area of the detector between the two regimes and find the two-pixel trigger regime to have a faster timing response than the one-pixel regime.

  5. Exploiting Rydberg Atom Surface Phonon Polariton Coupling for Single Photon Subtraction

    Kübler, H; Sedlacek, J; Zabawa, P; Shaffer, J P

    2013-01-01

    We investigate a hybrid quantum system that consists of a superatom coupled to a surface phonon-polariton. We apply this hybrid quantum system to subtract individual photons from a beam of light. Rydberg atom blockade is used to attain absorption of a single photon by an atomic microtrap. Surface phonon-polariton coupling to the superatom then triggers the transfer of the excitation to a storage state, a single Rydberg atom. The approach utilizes the interaction between a superatom and a Markovian bath that acts as a controlled decoherence mechanism to irreversibly project the superatom state into a single Rydberg atom state that can be read out.

  6. Room temperature continuous wave operation of single-mode, edge-emitting photonic crystal Bragg lasers

    Zhu, Lin; Sun, Xiankai; DeRose, Guy A.; Scherer, Axel; Yariv, Amnon

    2008-01-01

    We report the first room temperature CW operation of two dimensional single-mode edge-emitting photonic crystal Bragg lasers. Single-mode lasing with single-lobed, diffraction limited far-fields is obtained for 100μm wide and 550μm long on-chip devices. We also demonstrate the tuning of the lasing wavelength by changing the transverse lattice constant of the photonic crystal. This enables a fine wavelength tuning sensitivity (change of the lasing wavelength/change of the lattice constant) of ...

  7. Observation of Entanglement of a Single Photon with a Trapped Atom

    We report the observation of entanglement between a single trapped atom and a single photon at a wavelength suitable for low-loss communication over large distances, thereby achieving a crucial step towards long range quantum networks. To verify the entanglement, we introduce a single atom state analysis. This technique is used for full state tomography of the atom-photon qubit pair. The detection efficiency and the entanglement fidelity are high enough to allow in a next step the generation of entangled atoms at large distances, ready for a final loophole-free Bell experiment

  8. Modes of an endlessly single-mode photonic crystal fiber: a finite element investigation

    Uranus, H.P.; Hoekstra, H.J.W.M.; Groesen, van E.

    2004-01-01

    Using a finite-element mode solver, the modes of a commercial endlessly single-mode photonic crystal fiber (ESM-PCF) were investigated. Based on the loss discrimination between the dominant and the nearest higher order mode, we set-up a criterion for the single-modeness. Using that measure, we verif

  9. Linearly Polarized, Single-Mode Spontaneous Emission in a Photonic Nanowire

    Munsch, Mathieu; Claudon, Julien; Bleuse, Joël;

    2012-01-01

    We introduce dielectric elliptical photonic nanowires to funnel efficiently the spontaneous emission of an embedded emitter into a single optical mode. Inside a wire with a moderate lateral aspect ratio, the electromagnetic environment is largely dominated by a single guided mode, with a linear...

  10. Finite element modeling of plasmon based single-photon sources

    Chen, Yuntian; Gregersen, Niels; Nielsen, Torben Roland;

    2011-01-01

    A finite element method (FEM) approach of calculating a single emitter coupled to plasmonic waveguides has been developed. The method consists of a 2D model and a 3D model: (I) In the 2D model, we have calculated the spontaneous emission decay rate of a single emitter into guided plasmonic modes by...

  11. Conditional preparation of single photons using parametric downconversion: a recipe for purity

    In an experiment reported recently (Mosley et al 2008 Phys. Rev. Lett. 100 133601), we demonstrated that, through group velocity matched parametric downconversion, heralded single photons can be generated in pure quantum states without spectral filtering. The technique relies on factorable photon pair production, initially developed theoretically in the strict collinear regime; focusing-required in any experimental implementation-can ruin this factorability. Here, we present the numerical model used to design our single photon sources and minimize spectral correlations in the light of such experimental considerations. Furthermore, we show that the results of our model are in good agreement with measurements made on the photon pairs and give a detailed description of the exact requirements for constructing this type of source

  12. Two-Atom Rydberg Blockade using a Single-Photon Transition

    Hankin, A M; Parazzoli, L P; Chou, C W; Armstrong, D J; Landahl, A J; Biedermann, G W

    2014-01-01

    We explore a single-photon approach to Rydberg state excitation and Rydberg blockade. Using detailed theoretical models, we show the feasibility of direct excitation, predict the effect of background electric fields, and calculate the required interatomic distance to observe Rydberg blockade. We then measure and control the electric field environment to enable coherent control of Rydberg states. With this coherent control, we demonstrate Rydberg blockade of two atoms separated by 6.6(3) {\\mu}m. When compared with the more common two-photon excitation method, this single-photon approach is advantageous because it eliminates channels for decoherence through photon scattering and AC Stark shifts from the intermediate state while moderately increasing Doppler sensitivity.

  13. Remote preparation of single-photon "hybrid" entangled and vector-polarization States.

    Barreiro, Julio T; Wei, Tzu-Chieh; Kwiat, Paul G

    2010-07-16

    Quantum teleportation faces increasingly demanding requirements for transmitting large or even entangled systems. However, knowledge of the state to be transmitted eases its reconstruction, resulting in a protocol known as remote state preparation. A number of experimental demonstrations to date have been restricted to single-qubit systems. We report the remote preparation of two-qubit "hybrid" entangled states, including a family of vector-polarization beams. Our single-photon states are encoded in the photon spin and orbital angular momentum. We reconstruct the states by spin-orbit state tomography and transverse polarization tomography. The high fidelities achieved for the vector-polarization states opens the door to optimal coupling of down-converted photons to other physical systems, such as an atom, as required for scalable quantum networks, or plasmons in photonic nanostructures. PMID:20867752

  14. Development of a high-speed single-photon pixellated detector for visible wavelengths

    Mac Raighne, Aaron; Mathot, Serge; McPhate, Jason; Vallerga, John; Jarron, Pierre; Brownlee, Colin; O’Shea, Val

    2009-01-01

    We present the development of a high-speed, single-photon counting, Hybrid Photo Detector (HPD). The HPD consists of a vacuum tube, containing the detector assembly, sealed with a transparent optical input window. Photons incident on the photocathode eject a photoelectron into a large electric field, which accelerates the incident electron onto a silicon detector. The silicon detector is bump bonded to a Medipix readout chip. This set-up allows for the detection and readout of low incident photon intensities at rates that are otherwise unattainable with current camera technology. Reported is the fabrication of the camera that brings together a range of sophisticated design and fabrication techniques and the expected theoretical imaging performance. Applications to cellular and molecular microscopy are also described in which single-photon-counting abilities at high frame rates are crucial

  15. Memory effect in silicon time-gated single-photon avalanche diodes

    We present a comprehensive characterization of the memory effect arising in thin-junction silicon Single-Photon Avalanche Diodes (SPADs) when exposed to strong illumination. This partially unknown afterpulsing-like noise represents the main limiting factor when time-gated acquisitions are exploited to increase the measurement dynamic range of very fast (picosecond scale) and faint (single-photon) optical signals following a strong stray one. We report the dependences of this unwelcome signal-related noise on photon wavelength, detector temperature, and biasing conditions. Our results suggest that this so-called “memory effect” is generated in the deep regions of the detector, well below the depleted region, and its contribution on detector response is visible only when time-gated SPADs are exploited to reject a strong burst of photons

  16. Memory effect in silicon time-gated single-photon avalanche diodes

    Dalla Mora, A.; Contini, D., E-mail: davide.contini@polimi.it; Di Sieno, L. [Dipartimento di Fisica, Politecnico di Milano, Piazza Leonardo da Vinci 32, I-20133 Milano (Italy); Tosi, A.; Boso, G.; Villa, F. [Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria, Politecnico di Milano, Piazza Leonardo da Vinci 32, I-20133 Milano (Italy); Pifferi, A. [Dipartimento di Fisica, Politecnico di Milano, Piazza Leonardo da Vinci 32, I-20133 Milano (Italy); CNR, Istituto di Fotonica e Nanotecnologie, Piazza Leonardo da Vinci 32, I-20133 Milano (Italy)

    2015-03-21

    We present a comprehensive characterization of the memory effect arising in thin-junction silicon Single-Photon Avalanche Diodes (SPADs) when exposed to strong illumination. This partially unknown afterpulsing-like noise represents the main limiting factor when time-gated acquisitions are exploited to increase the measurement dynamic range of very fast (picosecond scale) and faint (single-photon) optical signals following a strong stray one. We report the dependences of this unwelcome signal-related noise on photon wavelength, detector temperature, and biasing conditions. Our results suggest that this so-called “memory effect” is generated in the deep regions of the detector, well below the depleted region, and its contribution on detector response is visible only when time-gated SPADs are exploited to reject a strong burst of photons.

  17. Bright and stable visible-spectrum single photon emitter in silicon carbide

    Lienhard, Benjamin; Mouradian, Sara; Dolde, Florian; Tran, Toan Trong; Aharonovich, Igor; Englund, Dirk R

    2016-01-01

    Single photon sources are of paramount importance in quantum communication, quantum computation, and quantum metrology. In particular, there is great interest to realize scalable solid state platforms that can emit triggered photons on demand to achieve scalable nanophotonic networks. We report on a visible-spectrum single photon emitter in 4H-silicon carbide (SiC). The emitter is photostable at room- and low-temperature enabling photon counts per second (cps) in excess of 2$\\times$10$^6$ from unpatterned, bulk SiC. It exists in two orthogonally polarized states, which have parallel absorption and emission dipole orientations. Low temperature measurements reveal a narrow zero phonon line (linewidth $30~$% of the total photoluminescence spectrum.

  18. A Single Photon Imaging System Based on Wedge and Strip Anodes

    MIAO Zhen-Hua; ZHAO Bao-Sheng; ZHANG Xing-Hua; LIU Yong-An

    2008-01-01

    A new prototype of single photon imaging system based on wedge and strip anodes is developed. The prototype can directly measure the intensity and position information for an ultra-weak radiant source which takes on the character of single photons. The image of the ultra-weak radiant source can be reconstructed with a wedge and strip anodes detector and an electronic readout subsystem by photon counting and photon position sensitive detecting in a period of time. With proper evaluation, the prototype reveals a spatial resolution superior to 150μm, a 66-kHz maximal counting rate and a dark-count below 0.67count/cm2s.

  19. Nonclassical correlations between single photons and phonons from a mechanical oscillator

    Riedinger, Ralf; Norte, Richard A; Slater, Joshua A; Shang, Juying; Krause, Alexander G; Anant, Vikas; Aspelmeyer, Markus; Gröblacher, S

    2015-01-01

    Interfacing a single photon with another quantum system is a key capability in modern quantum information science. It allows quantum states of matter, such as spin states of atoms, atomic ensembles or solids, to be prepared and manipulated by photon counting and, in particular, to be distributed over long distances. Such light-matter interfaces have become crucial for fundamental tests of quantum physics as well as for realizations of quantum networks. Here we report nonclassical correlations between single photons and phonons -- the quanta of mechanical motion -- from a nanomechanical resonator. We implement a full quantum protocol involving initialization of the resonator in its quantum ground state of motion and subsequent generation and readout of correlated photon-phonon pairs. The observed violation of a Cauchy-Schwarz inequality is clear evidence for the nonclassical nature of the generated mechanical state. Our results show the availability of on-chip solid-state mechanical resonators as light-matter ...

  20. Photon-statistics-based classical ghost imaging with one single detector.

    Kuhn, Simone; Hartmann, Sébastien; Elsäßer, Wolfgang

    2016-06-15

    We demonstrate a novel ghost imaging (GI) scheme based on one single-photon-counting detector with subsequent photon statistics analysis. The key idea is that instead of measuring correlations between the object and reference beams such as in standard GI schemes, the light of the two beams is superimposed. The photon statistics analysis of this mixed light allows us to determine the photon number distribution as well as to calculate the central second-order correlation coefficient. The image information is obtained as a function of the spatial resolution of the reference beam. The performance of this photon-statistics-based GI system with one single detector (PS-GI) is investigated in terms of visibility and resolution. Finally, the knowledge of the complete photon statistics allows easy access to higher correlation coefficients such that we are able to perform here third- and fourth-order GI. The PS-GI concept can be seen as a complement to already existing GI technologies thus enabling a broader dissemination of GI as a superior metrology technique, paving the road for new applications in particular with advanced photon counting detectors. PMID:27304308

  1. Experimental observation of robust surface states on photonic crystals possessing single and double Weyl points

    Chen, Wen-Jie; Chan, C T

    2015-01-01

    We designed and fabricated a time-reversal invariant Weyl photonic crystal that possesses single Weyl nodes with topological charge of 1 and double Weyl nodes with a higher topological charge of 2. Using numerical simulations and microwave experiment, nontrivial band gaps with nonzero Chern numbers for a fixed kz was demonstrated. The robustness of the surface state between the Weyl photonic crystal and PEC against kz-conserving scattering was experimentally observed.

  2. Single and double ionization of helium by high-energy photon impact

    Production of singly and doubly charged helium ions by impact of keV photons is studied. The ratio Rph = σph++/σph+ for photoabsorption is calculated in the photon-energy range 2--18 keV using correlated initial- and final- state wave functions. Extrapolation towards symptotic photon energies yields Rph(ω → ∞) = 1.66% in agreement with previous predictions. Ionization due to Compton scattering, which becomes comparable to photoabsorption above ω ∼ 3 keV, is discussed

  3. Generation efficiency of single-photon current pulses in the Geiger mode of silicon avalanche photodiodes

    Statistical fluctuations of the avalanche's multiplication efficiency were studied as applied to the single-photon (Geiger) mode of avalanche photodiodes. The distribution function of partial multiplication factors with an anomalously wide (of the order of the average) dispersion was obtained. Expressions for partial feedback factors were derived in terms of the average gain and the corresponding dependences on the diode's overvoltage were calculated. Final expressions for the photon-electric pulse's conversion were derived by averaging corresponding formulas over the coordinate of initiating photoelectron generation using the functions of optical photon absorption in silicon.

  4. Mapping the local density of optical states of a photonic crystal with single quantum dots

    Wang, Qin; Lodahl, Peter

    2011-01-01

    We use single self-assembled InGaAs quantum dots as internal probes to map the local density of optical states of photonic crystal membranes. The employed technique separates contributions from non-radiative recombination and spin-flip processes by properly accounting for the role of the exciton fine structure. We observe inhibition factors as high as 55 and compare our results to local density of optical states calculations available from the literature, thereby establishing a quantitative understanding of photon emission in photonic crystal membranes.

  5. Channel analysis for single photon underwater free space quantum key distribution.

    Shi, Peng; Zhao, Shi-Cheng; Gu, Yong-Jian; Li, Wen-Dong

    2015-03-01

    We investigate the optical absorption and scattering properties of underwater media pertinent to our underwater free space quantum key distribution (QKD) channel model. With the vector radiative transfer theory and Monte Carlo method, we obtain the attenuation of photons, the fidelity of the scattered photons, the quantum bit error rate, and the sifted key generation rate of underwater quantum communication. It can be observed from our simulations that the most secure single photon underwater free space QKD is feasible in the clearest ocean water. PMID:26366645

  6. Atom-Resonant Heralded Single Photons by Interaction-Free Measurement

    Wolfgramm, Florian; Astiz, Yannick A. de Icaza; Beduini, Federica A.; Cere, Alessandro; Mitchell, Morgan W.

    2011-01-01

    We demonstrate the generation of rubidium-resonant heralded single photons for quantum memories. Photon pairs are created by cavity-enhanced down-conversion and narrowed in bandwidth to 7 MHz with a novel atom-based filter operating by "interaction-free measurement" principles. At least 94% of the heralded photons are atom-resonant as demonstrated by a direct absorption measurement with rubidium vapor. A heralded auto-correlation measurement shows $g_c^{(2)}(0)=0.040 \\pm 0.012$, i.e., suppres...

  7. A cascade of e ‑ e + pair production by a photon with subsequent annihilation to a single photon in a strong magnetic field

    Diachenko, M. M.; Novak, O. P.; Kholodov, R. I.

    2016-06-01

    The process of electron–positron pair production by a photon with subsequent annihilation to a single photon in a strong magnetic field has been studied. The general amplitude has been calculated and the process rates have been found in a low Landau levels approximation (resonant and nonresonant cases). The comparison of resonant and nonresonant cases shows a significant excess of the resonant rate. The polarization of the final photon in a strong magnetic field has also been found. It has been shown that polarizations of the initial and final photons are independent except for the case of normal linear polarization of the initial photon.

  8. Quantum Interference Induced Photon Blockade in a Coupled Single Quantum Dot-Cavity System

    Tang, Jing; Xu, Xiulai

    2015-01-01

    We propose an experimental scheme to implement a strong photon blockade with a single quantum dot coupled to a nanocavity. The photon blockade effect can be tremendously enhanced by driving the cavity and the quantum dot simultaneously with two classical laser fields. This enhancement of photon blockade is ascribed to the quantum interference effect to avoid two-photon excitation of the cavity field. Comparing with Jaynes-Cummings model, the second-order correlation function at zero time delay $g^{(2)}(0)$ in our scheme can be reduced by two orders of magnitude and the system sustains a large intracavity photon number. A red (blue) cavity-light detuning asymmetry for photon quantum statistics with bunching or antibunching characteristics is also observed. The photon blockade effect has a controllable flexibility by tuning the relative phase between the two pumping laser fields and the Rabi coupling strength between the quantum dot and the pumping field. Moreover, the photon blockade scheme based on quantum in...

  9. Adenosine in exercise adaptation.

    Simpson, R E; Phillis, J. W.

    1992-01-01

    By influencing the regulation of the mechanisms of angiogenesis, erythropoietin production, blood flow, myocardial glucose uptake, glycogenolysis, systolic blood pressure, respiration, plasma norepinephrine and epinephrine levels, adenosine may exert a significant effect on the body's adaptation response to exercise. However, adenosine's possible influence over the vasodilatory response to exercise in skeletal muscle is controversial and more research is required to resolve this issue. Variou...

  10. Study on the Single Photons%论单光子研究

    黄志洵

    2009-01-01

    In this paper, the historic background of the study on single photons and the recent ad-vances of research are discussed. It must be mentioned that a correct understanding of the photon is on the basis of the classical physics ancl the quantum mechanics. The production and measure-ment of single photons are also discussed. Some aspects of the recent advances during nearly ten years on the single photon experiments and quantum information technology are sketched in the article. For example, because the quantum entanglement, one photon can instantaneously change the properties of another photon, the recently experiment of D. Salart et. al. decribe it how fast "instantaneous" really is. This is a faster-than-light phenomenon.%对单光子研究的历史情况和近年来的新成就作了介绍,指出对光子的正确认识必须以经典物理学及量子力学为基础.简述了单光子的产生与检测技术,讨论了与单光子有关的新实验.例如由于量子纠缠,一个光子可以瞬时地影响另一光子的特性.不久前的D.Salart等人的实验说明了这个"瞬时地"究竟有多快--这是一种超光速现象.

  11. High-speed bridge circuit for InGaAs avalanche photodiode single-photon detector

    Hashimoto, Hirofumi; Tomita, Akihisa; Okamoto, Atsushi

    2014-02-01

    Because of low power consumption and small footprint, avalanche photodiodes (APD) have been commonly applied to photon detection. Recently, high speed quantum communication has been demonstrated for high bit-rate quantum key distribution. For the high speed quantum communication, photon detectors should operate at GHz-clock frequencies. We propose balanced detection circuits for GHz-clock operation of InGaAs-APD photon detectors. The balanced single photon detector operates with sinusoidal wave gating. The sinusoidal wave appearing in the output is removed by the subtraction from APD signal without sharp band-elimination filters. Omission of the sharp filters removes the constraint on the operating frequency of the single photon detector. We present two designs, one works with two identical APDs, the other with one APD and a low-pass filter. The sinusoidal gating enables to eliminate the gating noise even with the simple configuration of the latter design. We demonstrated the balanced single photon detector operating with 1.020GHz clock at 233 K, 193 K, and 186.5 K. The dark count probability was 4.0 x 10-4 counts/pulse with the quantum efficiency of 10% at 233K, and 1.6 x 10-4 counts/pulse at 186.5 K. These results were obtained with easily available APDs (NR8300FP-C.C, RENESASS) originally developed for optical time-domain reflectmeters.

  12. Photonics

    Andrews, David L

    2015-01-01

    This book covers modern photonics accessibly and discusses the basic physical principles underlying all the applications and technology of photonicsThis volume covers the basic physical principles underlying the technology and all applications of photonics from statistical optics to quantum optics. The topics discussed in this volume are: Photons in perspective; Coherence and Statistical Optics; Complex Light and Singular Optics; Electrodynamics of Dielectric Media; Fast and slow Light; Holography; Multiphoton Processes; Optical Angular Momentum; Optical Forces, Trapping and Manipulation; Pol

  13. Photonics

    Andrews, David L

    2015-01-01

    Discusses the basic physical principles underlying the technology instrumentation of photonics This volume discusses photonics technology and instrumentation. The topics discussed in this volume are: Communication Networks; Data Buffers; Defense and Security Applications; Detectors; Fiber Optics and Amplifiers; Green Photonics; Instrumentation and Metrology; Interferometers; Light-Harvesting Materials; Logic Devices; Optical Communications; Remote Sensing; Solar Energy; Solid-State Lighting; Wavelength Conversion Comprehensive and accessible coverage of the whole of modern photonics Emphas

  14. Photonics

    Andrews, David L

    2015-01-01

    Discusses the basic physical principles underlying thescience and technology of nanophotonics, its materials andstructures This volume presents nanophotonic structures and Materials.Nanophotonics is photonic science and technology that utilizeslight/matter interactions on the nanoscale where researchers arediscovering new phenomena and developing techniques that go wellbeyond what is possible with conventional photonics andelectronics.The topics discussed in this volume are: CavityPhotonics; Cold Atoms and Bose-Einstein Condensates; Displays;E-paper; Graphene; Integrated Photonics; Liquid Cry

  15. Exploring single-photon ionization on the attosecond time scale

    One of the fundamental processes in nature is the photoelectric effect in which an electron is ripped away from its atom via the interaction with a photon. This process was long believed to be instantaneous but with the development of attosecond pulses (1 as 10−18 s) we can finally get an insight into its dynamic. Here we measure a delay in ionization time between two differently bound electrons. The outgoing electrons are created via ionization with a train of attosecond pulses and we probe their relative delay with a synchronized infrared laser. We demonstrate how this probe field influences the measured delays and show that this contribution can be estimated with a universal formula, which allows us to extract field free atomic data.

  16. Mini-stop bands in single heterojunction photonic crystal waveguides

    Shahid, N.

    2013-01-01

    Spectral characteristics of mini-stop bands (MSB) in line-defect photonic crystal (PhC) waveguides and in heterostructure PhC waveguides having one abrupt interface are investigated. Tunability of the MSB position by air-fill factor heterostructure PhC waveguides is utilized to demonstrate different filter functions, at optical communication wavelengths, ranging from resonance-like to wide band pass filters with high transmission. The narrowest filter realized has a resonance-like transmission peak with a full width at half maximum of 3.4 nm. These devices could be attractive for coarse wavelength selection (pass and drop) and for sensing applications. 2013 Copyright 2013 Author(s). This article is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

  17. CdSe quantum dot in vertical ZnSe nanowire and photonic wire for efficient single-photon emission

    Cremel, Thibault; Bellet-Amalric, Edith; Cagnon, Laurent;

    obtained conformal dielectric coating of Al2O3 on the NW-QDs using Atomic Layer Deposition so that a photonic wire is formed with the CdSe QD deterministically positioned on its axis. The collection enhancement effect is studied by measuring the emission (with pulse excitation, at saturation intensity) of...... a single photon source. We have grown vertically oriented ZnSe NWs (with typical diameter of 10 nm) by molecular beam epitaxy on a ZnSe(111)B buffer layer. The growth of a ZnMgSe passivating shell increases the (otherwise weak) ZnSe near-band-edge luminescence by two orders of magnitude. This has...

  18. Advances in InGaAs/InP single-photon detector systems for quantum communication

    Zhang, Jun; Zbinden, Hugo; Pan, Jian-Wei

    2015-01-01

    Single-photon detectors (SPDs) are the most sensitive instruments for light detection. In the near-infrared range, SPDs based on III-V compound semiconductor avalanche photodiodes have been extensively used during the past two decades for diverse applications due to their advantages in practicality including small size, low cost and easy operation. In the past decade, the rapid developments and increasing demands in quantum information science have served as key drivers to improve the device performance of single-photon avalanche diodes and to invent new avalanche quenching techniques. This Review aims to introduce the technology advances of InGaAs/InP single-photon detector systems in the telecom wavelengths and the relevant quantum communication applications, and particularly to highlight recent emerging techniques such as high-frequency gating at GHz rates and free-running operation using negative-feedback avalanche diodes. Future perspectives of both the devices and quenching techniques are summarized.

  19. Recent progress towards acoustically mediated carrier injection into individual nanostructures for single photon generation

    Völk, Stefan; Knall, Florian; Wixforth, Achim; Krenner, Hubert J; Laucht, Arne; Finley, Jonathan J; Riikonen, Juha; Mattila, Marco; Sopanen, Markku; Lipsanen, Harri; He, Jun; Truong, Tuan A; Kim, Hyochul; Petroff, Pierre M; 10.1117/12.842511

    2010-01-01

    We report on recent progress towards single photon sources based on quantum dot and quantum post nanostructures which are manipulated using surface acoustic waves. For this concept acoustic charge conveyance in a quantum well is used to spatially separate electron and hole pairs and transport these in the plane of the quantum well. When conveyed to the location of a quantum dot or quantum post these carriers are sequentially captured into the confined levels. Their radiative decays gives rise to the emission of a train of single photons. Three different approaches using (i) strain- induced and (ii) self-assembled quantum dots, and (iii) self-assembled quantum posts are discussed and their application potential is discussed. First devices and initial experiments towards the realization of such an acoustically driven single photon source are presented and remote acoustically triggered injection into few individual emitters is demonstrated.

  20. Reconfigurable Computing As an Enabling Technology for Single-Photon-Counting Laser Altimetry

    Powell, Wesley; Hicks, Edward; Pinchinat, Maxime; Dabney, Philip; McGarry, Jan; Murray, Paul

    2003-01-01

    Single-photon-counting laser altimetry is a new measurement technique offering significant advantages in vertical resolution, reducing instrument size, mass, and power, and reducing laser complexity as compared to analog or threshold detection laser altimetry techniques. However, these improvements come at the cost of a dramatically increased requirement for onboard real-time data processing. Reconfigurable computing has been shown to offer considerable performance advantages in performing this processing. These advantages have been demonstrated on the Multi-KiloHertz Micro-Laser Altimeter (MMLA), an aircraft based single-photon-counting laser altimeter developed by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center with several potential spaceflight applications. This paper describes how reconfigurable computing technology was employed to perform MMLA data processing in real-time under realistic operating constraints, along with the results observed. This paper also expands on these prior results to identify concepts for using reconfigurable computing to enable spaceflight single-photon-counting laser altimeter instruments.

  1. Fluctuation mechanisms in superconductors nanowire single-photon counters, enabled by effective top-down manufacturing

    Bartolf, Holger

    2016-01-01

    Holger Bartolf discusses state-of-the-art detection concepts based on superconducting nanotechnology as well as sophisticated analytical formulæ that model dissipative fluctuation-phenomena in superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors. Such knowledge is desirable for the development of advanced devices which are designed to possess an intrinsic robustness against vortex-fluctuations and it provides the perspective for honorable fundamental science in condensed matter physics. Especially the nanowire detector allows for ultra-low noise detection of signals with single-photon sensitivity and GHz repetition rates. Such devices have a huge potential for future technological impact and might enable unique applications (e.g. high rate interplanetary deep-space data links from Mars to Earth). Contents Superconducting Single-Photon Detectors Nanotechnological Manufacturing; Scale: 10 Nanometer Berezinskii-Kosterlitz Thouless (BKT) Transition, Edge-Barrier, Phase Slips Target Groups Researchers and students of...

  2. A universal setup for active control of a single-photon detector

    Liu, Qin; Skaar, Johannes [Department of Electronics and Telecommunications, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NO-7491 Trondheim (Norway); Lamas-Linares, Antía; Kurtsiefer, Christian [Centre for Quantum Technologies and Department of Physics, National University of Singapore, 3 Science Drive 2, Singapore 117543 (Singapore); Makarov, Vadim, E-mail: makarov@vad1.com [Institute for Quantum Computing and Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Waterloo, 200 University Avenue West, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1 (Canada); Gerhardt, Ilja, E-mail: ilja@quantumlah.org [Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Heisenbergstraße 1, D-70569 Stuttgart (Germany)

    2014-01-15

    The influence of bright light on a single-photon detector has been described in a number of recent publications. The impact on quantum key distribution (QKD) is important, and several hacking experiments have been tailored to fully control single-photon detectors. Special attention has been given to avoid introducing further errors into a QKD system. We describe the design and technical details of an apparatus which allows to attack a quantum-cryptographic connection. This device is capable of controlling free-space and fiber-based systems and of minimizing unwanted clicks in the system. With different control diagrams, we are able to achieve a different level of control. The control was initially targeted to the systems using BB84 protocol, with polarization encoding and basis switching using beamsplitters, but could be extended to other types of systems. We further outline how to characterize the quality of active control of single-photon detectors.

  3. 0.5 billion events per second time correlated single photon counting using CMOS SPAD arrays.

    Krstajić, Nikola; Poland, Simon; Levitt, James; Walker, Richard; Erdogan, Ahmet; Ameer-Beg, Simon; Henderson, Robert K

    2015-09-15

    We present a digital architecture for fast acquisition of time correlated single photon counting (TCSPC) events from a 32×32 complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) single photon avalanche detector (SPAD) array (Megaframe) to the computer memory. Custom firmware was written to transmit event codes from 1024-TCSPC-enabled pixels for fast transfer of TCSPC events. Our 1024-channel TCSPC system is capable of acquiring up to 0.5×10(9) TCSPC events per second with 16 histogram bins spanning a 14 ns width. Other options include 320×10(6) TCSPC events per second with 256 histogram bins spanning either a 14 or 56 ns time window. We present a wide-field fluorescence microscopy setup demonstrating fast fluorescence lifetime data acquisition. To the best of our knowledge, this is the fastest direct TCSPC transfer from a single photon counting device to the computer to date. PMID:26371922

  4. Adaptively measuring the temporal shape of ultrashort single photons for higher-dimensional quantum information processing

    Polycarpou, Constantina; Venturi, Giovanni; Zavatta, Alessandro; Bellini, Marco

    2011-01-01

    A photon is the single excitation of a particular spatiotemporal mode of the electromagnetic field. A precise knowledge of the mode structure is therefore essential for its processing and detection, as well as for applying generic quantum light states to novel technologies. Here we demonstrate an adaptive scheme for reconstructing the arbitrary amplitude and phase spectro-temporal profile of an ultrashort single-photon pulse. The method combines techniques from the fields of ultrafast coherent control and quantum optics to map the mode of a fragile quantum state onto that of an intense coherent field. In addition, we show that the possibility of generating and detecting quantum states in multiple spectro-temporal modes may serve as a basis for encoding qubits (and qudits) into single, broadband, ultrashort, photons. Providing access to a much larger Hilbert space, this scheme may boost the capacity of current quantum information protocols.

  5. On demand single photon source using a nanoscale metal-insulator-semiconductor capacitor

    Hu, B; Yang, M J; Hu, Binhui

    2005-01-01

    We propose an on-demand single photon source for quantum cryptography using a metal-insulator-semiconductor quantum dot capacitor structure. The main component in the semiconductor is a p-doped quantum well, and the cylindrical gate under consideration is only nanometers in diameter. As in conventional metal-insulator-semiconductor capacitors, our system can also be biased into the inversion regime. However, due to the small gate area, at the onset of inversion there are only a few electrons residing in a quantum dot. In addition, because of the strong size quantization and large Coulomb energy, the number of electrons can be precisely controlled by the gate voltage. After holding just one electron in the inversion layer, the capacitor is quickly biased back to the flat band condition, and the subsequent radiative recombination across the bandgap results in single photon emission. We present numerical simulation results of a semiconductor heterojunction and discuss the merits of this single photon source.

  6. Nonlocality of a single photon: Paths to an Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen-steering experiment

    A single-photon incident on a beam splitter produces an entangled field state, and in principle could be used to violate a Bell inequality, but such an experiment (without postselection) is beyond the reach of current experiments. Here we consider the somewhat simpler task of demonstrating Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen (EPR) steering with a single photon (also without postselection). We demonstrate that Alice's choice of measurement on her portion of the entangled state can affect Bob's portion of the entangled state in his laboratory, in a sense rigorously defined by us and Doherty [Phys. Rev. Lett. 98, 140402 (2007)]. Previous work by Lvovsky and coworkers [Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 047903 (2004)] has addressed this phenomenon (which they called remote preparation) experimentally using homodyne measurements on a single photon. Here we show that, unfortunately, their experimental parameters do not meet the bounds necessary for a rigorous demonstration of EPR steering with a single photon. However, we also show that modest improvements in the experimental parameters, and the addition of photon counting to the arsenal of Alice's measurements, would be sufficient to allow such a demonstration.

  7. A study of pile-up in integrated time-correlated single photon counting systems.

    Arlt, Jochen; Tyndall, David; Rae, Bruce R; Li, David D-U; Richardson, Justin A; Henderson, Robert K

    2013-10-01

    Recent demonstration of highly integrated, solid-state, time-correlated single photon counting (TCSPC) systems in CMOS technology is set to provide significant increases in performance over existing bulky, expensive hardware. Arrays of single photon single photon avalanche diode (SPAD) detectors, timing channels, and signal processing can be integrated on a single silicon chip with a degree of parallelism and computational speed that is unattainable by discrete photomultiplier tube and photon counting card solutions. New multi-channel, multi-detector TCSPC sensor architectures with greatly enhanced throughput due to minimal detector transit (dead) time or timing channel dead time are now feasible. In this paper, we study the potential for future integrated, solid-state TCSPC sensors to exceed the photon pile-up limit through analytic formula and simulation. The results are validated using a 10% fill factor SPAD array and an 8-channel, 52 ps resolution time-to-digital conversion architecture with embedded lifetime estimation. It is demonstrated that pile-up insensitive acquisition is attainable at greater than 10 times the pulse repetition rate providing over 60 dB of extended dynamic range to the TCSPC technique. Our results predict future CMOS TCSPC sensors capable of live-cell transient observations in confocal scanning microscopy, improved resolution of near-infrared optical tomography systems, and fluorescence lifetime activated cell sorting. PMID:24182099

  8. Generating single photons at gigahertz modulation-speed using electrically controlled quantum dot microlenses

    Schlehahn, A.; Schmidt, R.; Hopfmann, C.; Schulze, J.-H.; Strittmatter, A.; Heindel, T., E-mail: tobias.heindel@tu-berlin.de; Reitzenstein, S. [Institut für Festkörperphysik, Technische Universität Berlin, 10623 Berlin (Germany); Gantz, L.; Schmidgall, E. R.; Gershoni, D. [The Physics Department and the Solid State Institute, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, 32000 Haifa (Israel)

    2016-01-11

    We report on the generation of single-photon pulse trains at a repetition rate of up to 1 GHz. We achieve this speed by modulating the external voltage applied on an electrically contacted quantum dot microlens, which is optically excited by a continuous-wave laser. By modulating the photoluminescence of the quantum dot microlens using a square-wave voltage, single-photon emission is triggered with a response time as short as (281 ± 19) ps, being 6 times faster than the radiative lifetime of (1.75 ± 0.02) ns. This large reduction in the characteristic emission time is enabled by a rapid capacitive gating of emission from the quantum dot, which is placed in the intrinsic region of a p-i-n-junction biased below the onset of electroluminescence. Here, since our circuit acts as a rectifying differentiator, the rising edge of the applied voltage pulses triggers the emission of single photons from the optically excited quantum dot. The non-classical nature of the photon pulse train generated at GHz-speed is proven by intensity autocorrelation measurements with g{sup (2)}(0) = 0.3 ± 0.1. Our results combine optical excitation with fast electrical gating and thus show promise for the generation of indistinguishable single photons at rates exceeding the limitations set by the intrinsic radiative lifetime.

  9. Single microwave-photon detector using an artificial Λ-type three-level system.

    Inomata, Kunihiro; Lin, Zhirong; Koshino, Kazuki; Oliver, William D; Tsai, Jaw-Shen; Yamamoto, Tsuyoshi; Nakamura, Yasunobu

    2016-01-01

    Single-photon detection is a requisite technique in quantum-optics experiments in both the optical and the microwave domains. However, the energy of microwave quanta are four to five orders of magnitude less than their optical counterpart, making the efficient detection of single microwave photons extremely challenging. Here we demonstrate the detection of a single microwave photon propagating through a waveguide. The detector is implemented with an impedance-matched artificial Λ system comprising the dressed states of a driven superconducting qubit coupled to a microwave resonator. Each signal photon deterministically induces a Raman transition in the Λ system and excites the qubit. The subsequent dispersive readout of the qubit produces a discrete 'click'. We attain a high single-photon-detection efficiency of 0.66±0.06 with a low dark-count probability of 0.014±0.001 and a reset time of ∼400 ns. This detector can be exploited for various applications in quantum sensing, quantum communication and quantum information processing. PMID:27453153

  10. Dynamically controlling the emission of single excitons in photonic crystal cavities

    Pagliano, Francesco; Xia, Tian; van Otten, Frank; Johne, Robert; Fiore, Andrea

    2014-01-01

    Single excitons in semiconductor microcavities represent a solid-state and scalable platform for cavity quantum electrodynamics (c-QED), potentially enabling an interface between flying (photon) and static (exciton) quantum bits in future quantum networks. While both single-photon emission and the strong coupling regime have been demonstrated, further progress has been hampered by the inability to control the coherent evolution of the c-QED system in real time, as needed to produce and harness charge-photon entanglement. Here, using the ultrafast electrical tuning of the exciton energy in a photonic crystal (PhC) diode, we demonstrate the dynamic control of the coupling of a single exciton to a PhC cavity mode on a sub-ns timescale, faster than the natural lifetime of the exciton, for the first time. This opens the way to the control of single-photon waveforms, as needed for quantum interfaces, and to the real-time control of solid-state c-QED systems.

  11. Adenosine stress myocardial perfusion scintigraphy in pediatric patients after arterial switch operation

    Arterial switch operation (ASO) has become the established treatment for correction of transposition of great arteries (TGA). Despite the immediate correction of abnormal hemodynamics, acute and delayed complications related to the coronaries may cause morbidity and mortality. We evaluated the incidence of perfusion abnormalities and safety of adenosine by stress–rest myocardial perfusion single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) [myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS)] using Tc-99m Sestamibi (MIBI) in asymptomatic children post-ASO. Prospective study. We conducted a prospective, single-institutional study where stress–rest MPS was performed on 10 children of age between 1.25 and 6 years. Two of the patients had additional ventricular septal defect, one patient had left ventricular outflow tract obstruction, and another had Taussig–Bing anomaly. All the patients underwent corrective surgery as a single-stage procedure at the age of 176 ± 212 days (range 9-560 days). Adenosine was administered at a rate of 140 μg/kg/min intravenously as continuous infusion for duration of 6 min. All the continuous variables were summarized as mean ± standard deviation, or range and median. Mann–Whitney test for unpaired data and Wilcoxon Rank test for paired samples were used. The average increase in heart rate over the basal heart rate after adenosine stress was 59.7 ± 17.0%. No acute or remote complications were observed in any case. None of the patients demonstrated myocardial perfusion defects, either at rest or after adenosine stress. MPS post-adenosine induced vasodilatation is safe and feasible in patients of ASO for transposition of great arteries. One-stage repair, implantation of excised coronary buttons within neo-aortic sinus, and minimal or no mobilization of proximal coronaries may eliminate the occurrence of perfusion defects in patients of corrected TGA

  12. A stable, single-photon emitter in a thin organic crystal for application to quantum-photonic devices

    Polisseni, Claudio; Boissier, Sebastien; Grandi, Samuele; Clark, Alex S; Hinds, E A

    2016-01-01

    Single organic molecules offer great promise as bright, reliable sources of identical single photons on demand, capable of integration into solid-state devices. It has been proposed that such molecules in a crystalline organic matrix might be placed close to an optical waveguide for this purpose, but so far there have been no demonstrations of sufficiently thin crystals, with a controlled concentration of suitable dopant molecules. Here we present a method for growing very thin anthracene crystals from super-saturated vapour, which produces crystals of extreme flatness and controlled thickness. We show how this crystal can be doped with a widely adjustable concentration of dibenzoterrylene (DBT) molecules and we examine the optical properties of these molecules to demonstrate their suitability as quantum emitters in nanophotonic devices. Our measurements show that the molecules are available in the crystal as single quantum emitters, with a well-defined polarisation relative to the crystal axes, making them a...

  13. Single photon quantum non-demolition measurements in the presence of inhomogeneous broadening

    Electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) has often been proposed for generating nonlinear optical effects at the single photon level; in particular, as a means to effect a quantum non-demolition measurement of a single-photon field. Previous treatments have usually considered homogeneously broadened samples, but realizations in any medium will have to contend with inhomogeneous broadening. Here we reappraise an earlier scheme (Munro et al 2005 Phys. Rev. A 71 033819) with respect to inhomogeneities and show an alternative mode of operation that is preferred in an inhomogeneous environment. We further show the implications of these results on a potential implementation in diamond-containing nitrogen-vacancy colour centres.

  14. Growth of optical-quality anthracene crystals doped with dibenzoterrylene for controlled single photon production

    Major, Kyle D., E-mail: kyle.major11@imperial.ac.uk; Lien, Yu-Hung; Polisseni, Claudio; Grandi, Samuele; Kho, Kiang Wei; Clark, Alex S.; Hwang, J.; Hinds, E. A., E-mail: ed.hinds@imperial.ac.uk [Centre for Cold Matter, Department of Physics, Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College London, Prince Consort Road, London SW7 2AZ (United Kingdom)

    2015-08-15

    Dibenzoterrylene (DBT) molecules within a crystalline anthracene matrix show promise as quantum emitters for controlled, single photon production. We present the design and construction of a chamber in which we reproducibly grow doped anthracene crystals of optical quality that are several mm across and a few μm thick. We demonstrate control of the DBT concentration over the range 6–300 parts per trillion and show that these DBT molecules are stable single-photon emitters. We interpret our data with a simple model that provides some information on the vapour pressure of DBT.

  15. Single-photon pulsed-light indirect time-of-flight 3D ranging.

    Bellisai, S; Bronzi, D; Villa, F A; Tisa, S; Tosi, A; Zappa, F

    2013-02-25

    "Indirect" time-of-flight is one technique to obtain depth-resolved images through active illumination that is becoming more popular in the recent years. Several methods and light timing patterns are used nowadays, aimed at improving measurement precision with smarter algorithms, while using less and less light power. Purpose of this work is to present an indirect time-of-flight imaging camera based on pulsed-light active illumination and a 32 × 32 single-photon avalanche diode array with an improved illumination timing pattern, able to increase depth resolution and to reach single-photon level sensitivity. PMID:23482043

  16. Efficiency and Coherence of Quantum-Dot Single-Photon Sources

    Madsen, Marta Arcari

    of single quantum dots to the waveguide, we demonstrate that the emitters are coupled with near-unity efficiency to the waveguide mode. We measure a coupling efficiency (β-factor) as high as 98.4% close to the band-edge of the waveguide mode, and β-factors above 90% over a bandwidth of 20 nm. Based...... on this result, we improved the design of the photonic crystal waveguide, and we characterized in detail the efficiency of the device and the coherence of the emitted single photons. We investigate the decoherence mechanisms affecting the quantum dots by performing resonance fluorescence experiments on emitters...

  17. Low-temperature fabrication of single-crystal ZnO nanopillar photonic bandgap structures

    We describe the fabrication of single-crystal nanopillars of ZnO in two-dimensional periodic and aperiodic arrays for photonic applications. The structures are defined by a thin polymer template created by e-beam lithography and are grown at 90 deg. C using an electrochemical process. The individual single-crystal ZnO pillars have diameters of ∼120 nm and lengths greater than 1 μm. Visible light diffraction patterns from the ordered arrays were observed, and the in-plane photonic bandgap was characterized

  18. Growth of optical-quality anthracene crystals doped with dibenzoterrylene for controlled single photon production

    Dibenzoterrylene (DBT) molecules within a crystalline anthracene matrix show promise as quantum emitters for controlled, single photon production. We present the design and construction of a chamber in which we reproducibly grow doped anthracene crystals of optical quality that are several mm across and a few μm thick. We demonstrate control of the DBT concentration over the range 6–300 parts per trillion and show that these DBT molecules are stable single-photon emitters. We interpret our data with a simple model that provides some information on the vapour pressure of DBT

  19. Physics with Single Photons plus Missing Energy Final States at D0

    Carrera, Edgar

    2009-01-01

    Final state signatures of a single photon and missing transverse energy offer unique and powerful advantages in the search for new physics. This document presents the first observation of the Zgamma to nunu_bargamma process at the Tevatron Collider at 5.1 standard deviations significance, as well as some of the strongest limits on anomalous trilinear ZZgamma and Zgammagamma couplings to date. Additionally, we present the latest D0 results on a search for direct production of Kaluza Klein gravitons in association with single photons.

  20. High-efficiency single-photon Fock state production by transitionless quantum driving

    A single-photon source is one of the key devices for optical quantum information processing. Differing from the usual stimulated Raman adiabatic passage to obtain single-photon radiation, here we propose an approach to produce an optical Fock state on demand in the usual atom–cavity system by utilizing the technique of transitionless quantum driving. The present proposal effectively suppresses the unwanted but practically unavoidable nonadiabatic transitions in the previous adiabatic schemes. Therefore, the efficiency of Fock state production by the present technique could be significantly high, even in the presence of various atomic and cavity dissipations. (letter)

  1. Slow light generation in single-mode rectangular core photonic crystal fiber

    Yadav, Sandeep; Saini, Than Singh; Kumar, Ajeet

    2016-05-01

    In this paper, we have designed and analyzed a rectangular core photonic crystal fiber (PCF) in Tellurite material. For the designed photonics crystal fiber, we have calculated the values of confinement loss and effective mode area for different values of air filling fraction (d/Λ). For single mode operation of the designed photonic crystal fiber, we have taken d/Λ= 0.4 for the further calculation of stimulated Brillouin scattering based time delay. A maximum time delay of 158 ns has been achieved for input pump power of 39 mW. We feel the detailed theoretical investigations and simulations carried out in the study have the potential impact on the design and development of slow light-based photonic devices.

  2. A single photon sensor employing wavelength-shifting and light-guiding technology

    Schulte, Lukas; Voge, Markus; Boeser, Sebastian; Kowalski, Marek [Physikalisches Institut, Universitaet Bonn (Germany)

    2013-07-01

    In this work we describe a feasibility study of a novel type of single photon sensor that employs organic wavelength shifting materials (WLS) to capture photons and guide them to a PMT readout. Two different WLS materials, Saint Gobain BC-480 and BC-482A, have been tested as candidates for use in such a sensor. We address the photon detection efficiency, noise properties, time and spatial resolution, PMT readout, as well as some practical aspects relevant for the development and construction of a prototype sensor. Calculating the overall photon detection efficiency, we show that the effective photosensitive area of a prototype built with existing technology could easily exceed that of modules currently used e. g. in IceCube while having a dark noise rate up to two orders of magnitude smaller.

  3. Single photons, dileptons and hadrons from relativistic heavy ion collisions and quark-hadron phase transition

    Dinesh Kumar Srivastava

    2001-08-01

    The production of single photons in Pb+Pb collisions at the CERN SPS as measured by the WA98 experiment is analysed. A quark gluon plasma is assumed to be formed initially, which expands, cools, hadronizes, and undergoes freeze-out. A rich hadronic equation of state is used and the transverse expansion of the interacting system is taken into account. The recent estimates of photon production in quark-matter (at two loop level) along with the dominant reactions in the hadronic matter leading to photons are used. About half of the radiated photons are seen to have a thermal origin. The same treatment and the initial conditions provide a very good description to hadronic spectra measured by several groups and the intermediate mass dileptons measured by the NA50 experiment, lending a strong support to the conclusion that quark gluon plasma has been formed in these collisions. Predictions for RHIC and LHC energies are also given.

  4. The effect of magnetic field on the intrinsic detection efficiency of superconducting single-photon detectors

    We experimentally investigate the effect of a magnetic field on photon detection in superconducting single-photon detectors (SSPDs). At low fields, the effect of a magnetic field is through the direct modification of the quasiparticle density of states of the superconductor, and magnetic field and bias current are interchangeable, as is expected for homogeneous dirty-limit superconductors. At the field where a first vortex enters the detector, the effect of the magnetic field is reduced, up until the point where the critical current of the detector starts to be determined by flux flow. From this field on, increasing the magnetic field does not alter the detection of photons anymore, whereas it does still change the rate of dark counts. This result points at an intrinsic difference in dark and photon counts, and also shows that no enhancement of the intrinsic detection efficiency of a straight SSPD wire is achievable in a magnetic field

  5. The effect of magnetic field on the intrinsic detection efficiency of superconducting single-photon detectors

    Renema, J. J.; Rengelink, R. J.; Komen, I.; Wang, Q.; Kes, P.; Aarts, J.; Exter, M. P. van; Dood, M. J. A. de [Huygens-Kamerlingh Onnes Lab, Leiden University, Niels Bohrweg 2, 2333 CA Leiden (Netherlands); Gaudio, R.; Hoog, K. P. M. op ' t; Zhou, Z.; Fiore, A. [COBRA Research Institute, Eindhoven University of Technology, P.O. Box 513, 5600 MB Eindhoven (Netherlands); Sahin, D. [COBRA Research Institute, Eindhoven University of Technology, P.O. Box 513, 5600 MB Eindhoven (Netherlands); Centre for Quantum Photonics, H. H. Wills Physics Laboratory, University of Bristol, Tyndall Avenue, Bristol BS8 1TL (United Kingdom); Driessen, E. F. C. [Univ. Grenoble Alpes, INAC-SPSMS, 38000 Grenoble (France); CEA, INAC-SPSMS, 38000 Grenoble (France)

    2015-03-02

    We experimentally investigate the effect of a magnetic field on photon detection in superconducting single-photon detectors (SSPDs). At low fields, the effect of a magnetic field is through the direct modification of the quasiparticle density of states of the superconductor, and magnetic field and bias current are interchangeable, as is expected for homogeneous dirty-limit superconductors. At the field where a first vortex enters the detector, the effect of the magnetic field is reduced, up until the point where the critical current of the detector starts to be determined by flux flow. From this field on, increasing the magnetic field does not alter the detection of photons anymore, whereas it does still change the rate of dark counts. This result points at an intrinsic difference in dark and photon counts, and also shows that no enhancement of the intrinsic detection efficiency of a straight SSPD wire is achievable in a magnetic field.

  6. Plasmonic resonators for enhanced diamond NV- center single photon sources

    Bulu, Irfan; Hausmann, Birgit; Choy, Jennifer T; Loncar, Marko

    2011-01-01

    We propose a novel source of non-classical light consisting of plasmonic aperture with single-crystal diamond containing a single Nitrogen-Vacancy (NV) color center. Theoretical calculations of optimal structures show that these devices can simultaneously enhance optical pumping by a factor of 7, spontaneous emission rates by Fp ~ 50 (Purcell factor), and offer collection efficiencies up to 40%. These excitation and collection enhancements occur over a broad range of wavelengths (~30nm), and are independently tunable with device geometry, across the excitation (~530nm) and emission (~600-800nm) spectrum of the NV center. Implementing this system with top-down techniques in bulk diamond crystals will provide a scalable architecture for a myriad of diamond NV center applications.

  7. Traceable calibration of a fibre-coupled superconducting nano-wire single photon detector using characterized synchrotron radiation

    Müller, Ingmar; Klein, Roman M.; Werner, Lutz

    2014-12-01

    Radiometric calibrations of fibre-coupled single photon detectors are experiencing growing demand, especially at the telecommunication wavelengths. In this paper, the radiometric calibration of a fibre-coupled superconducting nano-wire single photon detector at the telecom wavelength 1.55 µm by means of well-characterized synchrotron radiation is described. This substitution method is based on the unique properties of synchrotron radiation and the Metrology Light Source, the dedicated electron storage ring of the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, and is suitable for fibre-coupled single photon detectors. The Metrology Light Source is used as a light source with a high dynamic range of the radiant power to bridge the radiometric gap occurring in the transition from radiant power measurements and the counting of photons with single photon detectors. Very low uncertainties below 2% have been achieved in the measurement of the detection efficiency of a fibre-coupled superconducting nano-wire single photon detector.

  8. Tuneable on-demand single-photon source in the microwave range.

    Peng, Z H; de Graaf, S E; Tsai, J S; Astafiev, O V

    2016-01-01

    An on-demand single-photon source is a key element in a series of prospective quantum technologies and applications. Here we demonstrate the operation of a tuneable on-demand microwave photon source based on a fully controllable superconducting artificial atom strongly coupled to an open-ended transmission line. The atom emits a photon upon excitation by a short microwave π-pulse applied through a control line. The intrinsically limited device efficiency is estimated to be in the range 65-80% in a wide frequency range from 7.75 to 10.5 GHz continuously tuned by an external magnetic field. The actual demonstrated efficiency is also affected by the excited state preparation, which is about 90% in our experiments. The single-photon generation from the single-photon source is additionally confirmed by anti-bunching in the second-order correlation function. The source may have important applications in quantum communication, quantum information processing and sensing. PMID:27545689

  9. Investigations of photon emission from plants exposed to UV-C-radiation and ozone by means of a portable single photon counter

    Photon emission is inherently associated with fundamental biological processes such as cell division, photosynthesis, stress or death of organisms. In green plants photon emission originates in chloroplasts. For demonstrating the potential use of photon emission for monitoring stress effects on plants I designed a portable single photon counter based on a red-sensitive photomultiplier with a suitable characteristic. The single photon counter is a cylindric detector unit fitted in a light-tight measuring chamber. The measuring signal is recorded with a counter device plugged in a laptop. Several plants (duckweed spirodela polyrhiza, winter wheat Triticum aestivum L. cv. Perlo and poplar Populus nigra) were analyzed for photon emission after light excitation (photoluminescence) and spontaneous emission (ultraweak photon emission or luminescence). The results show that photon emission of green plants acts as an indicator of UV-C and ozone stress response. Both photoluminescence and spontaneous luminescence were significantly changed in plants exposed to UV-C radiation (3 mW/m2 for 10-40 min) and ozone (440 ppb for 2 h and 80 ppb 8 h a day for several weeks) as compared to the control. Thus the new portable photon counter can be used successfully for detailed and sensitive in situ investigations of photon emission from stressed plants. This analytical method may complement other techniques used in plant physiology, especially those for studying effects on photosynthesis. (author)

  10. Quantum key distribution over 120 km using ultrahigh purity single-photon source and superconducting single-photon detectors

    Takemoto, Kazuya; Nambu, Yoshihiro; Miyazawa, Toshiyuki; Sakuma, Yoshiki; Yamamoto, Tsuyoshi; Yorozu, Shinichi; Arakawa, Yasuhiko

    2015-09-01

    Advances in single-photon sources (SPSs) and single-photon detectors (SPDs) promise unique applications in the field of quantum information technology. In this paper, we report long-distance quantum key distribution (QKD) by using state-of-the-art devices: a quantum-dot SPS (QD SPS) emitting a photon in the telecom band of 1.5 μm and a superconducting nanowire SPD (SNSPD). At the distance of 100 km, we obtained the maximal secure key rate of 27.6 bps without using decoy states, which is at least threefold larger than the rate obtained in the previously reported 50-km-long QKD experiment. We also succeeded in transmitting secure keys at the rate of 0.307 bps over 120 km. This is the longest QKD distance yet reported by using known true SPSs. The ultralow multiphoton emissions of our SPS and ultralow dark count of the SNSPD contributed to this result. The experimental results demonstrate the potential applicability of QD SPSs to practical telecom QKD networks.

  11. Title: Development of Single photon Quantum Optical Experiments using Type-I and Type-II Spontaneous Parametric Down Conversion

    Laugharn, Andrew; Maleki, Seyfollah

    We constructed a quantum optical apparatus to control and detect single photons. We generated these photons via Type-I and Type-II spontaneous parametric down conversion by pumping a GaN laser (405nm) incident on a BBO crystal. We detected the two down converted photons (810nm), denoted signal and idler, in coincidence so as to measure and control single photons. We implemented a coincidence counting unite onto an Altera DE2 board and used LabView for data acquisition. We used these photon pairs to demonstrate quantum entanglement and indistinguishability using multiple optical experiments.

  12. Probing single-photon ionization on the attosecond time scale

    Klünder, K; Gisselbrecht, M; Fordell, T; Swoboda, M; Guénot, D; Johnsson, P; Caillat, J; Mauritsson, J; Maquet, A; Taïeb, R; L'Huillier, A

    2010-01-01

    We study photoionization of argon atoms excited by attosecond pulses using an interferometric measurement technique. We measure the difference in time delays between electrons emitted from the $3s^2$ and from the $3p^6$ shell, at different excitation energies ranging from 32 to 42 eV. The determination of single photoemission time delays requires to take into account the measurement process, involving the interaction with a probing infrared field. This contribution can be estimated using an universal formula and is found to account for a substantial fraction of the measured delay.

  13. Design of large-core single-mode Yb3+-doped photonic crystal fiber

    ZHAO Xing-tao; ZHENG Yi; LIU Xiao-xu; ZHOU Gui-yao; LIU Zhao-lun; HOU Lan-tian

    2012-01-01

    The effective index of the cladding fundamental space-filing mode in photonic crystal fiber (PCF) is simulated by the effective index method.The variation of the effective index with the structure parameters of the fiber is achieved.For thefirst thne,the relations of the V parameter ofYb3+-doped PCF with the refractive index of core and the structure parameters of the fiber are provided.The single-mode characteristics of large-core yb3+-doped photonic crystal fibers with 7 and 19 missing air holes in the core are analyzed.The large-core single-mode Yb3+-doped photonic crystal fibers with core diameters of 50 μm,100 μm and 150 μm are designed.The results provide theory instruction for the design and fabrication of fiber.

  14. Nonlinear photon transport in a semiconductor waveguide-cavity system containing a single quantum dot

    Hughes, S

    2011-01-01

    The input/output characteristics of coherent photon transport through a semiconductor cavity system containing a single quantum dot is presented. The nonlinear quantum optics formalism uses a master equation approach and focuses on a waveguide-cavity system containing a semiconductor quantum dot; our general technique also applies to studying coherent reflection from a micropillar cavity. We investigate the effects of light propagation and show the need for quantized multiphoton effects for various dot-cavity systems, including weakly-coupled, intermediately-coupled, and strongly-coupled regimes. We demonstrate that for mean photon numbers much less than 0.1, the commonly adopted weak excitation (single quantum) approximation breaks down---even in the weak coupling regime. As a measure of the photon correlations, we compute the Fano factor and the error associated with making a semiclassical approximation. We also investigate the role of electron--acoustic-phonon scattering and show that phonon-mediated scatt...

  15. Time-Correlated Single-Photon Counting Range Profiling of Moving Objects

    Hedborg, Julia; Jonsson, Per; Henriksson, Markus; Sjöqvist, Lars

    2016-06-01

    Time-correlated single-photon counting (TCSPC) is a laser radar technique that can provide range profiling with very high resolution. Range profiles of multiple surface objects and geometrical shapes are revealed using multiple laser pulses with very low pulse energy. The method relies on accurate time measurements between a laser pulse sync signal and the registration of a single-photon event of reflected photons from a target. TCSPC is a statistic method that requires an acquisition time and therefore the range profile of a non-stationary object (target) may be corrupted. Here, we present results showing that it is possible to reconstruct the range profile of a moving target and calculate the velocity of the target.

  16. Deterministic reshaping of single-photon spectra using cross-phase modulation

    Matsuda, Nobuyuki

    2016-01-01

    The frequency conversion of light has proved to be a crucial technology for communication, spectroscopy, imaging, and signal processing. In the quantum regime, it also offers great potential for realizing quantum networks incorporating disparate physical systems and quantum-enhanced information processing over a large computational space. The frequency conversion of quantum light, such as single photons, has been extensively investigated for the last two decades using all-optical frequency mixing, with the ultimate goal of realizing lossless and noiseless conversion. I demonstrate another route to this target using frequency conversion induced by cross-phase modulation in a dispersion-managed photonic crystal fiber. Owing to the deterministic and all-optical nature of the process, the lossless and low-noise spectral reshaping of a single-photon wave packet in the telecommunication band has been readily achieved with a modulation bandwidth as large as 0.4 THz. I further demonstrate that the scheme is applicabl...

  17. Distillation of arbitrary single-photon entanglement assisted with polarized Bell states

    Feng, Zhao-Feng; Ou-Yang, Yang; Zhou, Lan; Sheng, Yu-Bo

    2015-10-01

    Single-photon entanglement (SPE) is a promising resource in quantum communication. However, it will suffer from the photon loss. In this paper, we will present an efficient approach to protect the two-mode SPE. This protocol not only can distill the SPE from the mixed state, but also can faithfully protect the information encoded in the polarization degree of freedom. Moreover, different from the previous protocols, if the SPE becomes a less-entangled state, we can also distill it to the maximally entangled state. During the whole protocol, we exploit the polarized Bell states to complete the task. This protocol can also be extended to protect the single-photon multi-mode W state. This protocol is feasible in current technology, for it only requires linear optical elements.

  18. Surface acoustic wave regulated single photon emission from a coupled quantum dot-nanocavity system

    Weiß, Matthias; Reichert, Thorsten; Finley, Jonathan J; Wixforth, Achim; Kaniber, Michael; Krenner, Hubert J

    2016-01-01

    A coupled quantum dot--nanocavity system in the weak coupling regime of cavity quantumelectrodynamics is dynamically tuned in and out of resonance by the coherent elastic field of a $f_{\\rm SAW}\\simeq800\\,\\mathrm{MHz}$ surface acoustic wave. When the system is brought to resonance by the sound wave, light-matter interaction is strongly increased by the Purcell effect. This leads to a precisely timed single photon emission as confirmed by the second order photon correlation function $g^{(2)}$. All relevant frequencies of our experiment are faithfully identified in the Fourier transform of $g^{(2)}$, demonstrating high fidelity regulation of the stream of single photons emitted by the system. The implemented scheme can be directly extended to strongly coupled systems and acoustically drives non-adiabatic entangling quantum gates based on Landau-Zener transitions.

  19. Carving complex many-atom entangled states by single-photon detection

    Chen, Wenlan; Duan, Yiheng; Braverman, Boris; Zhang, Hao; Vuletic, Vladan

    2015-01-01

    We propose a versatile and efficient method to generate a broad class of complex entangled states of many atoms via the detection of a single photon. For an atomic ensemble contained in a strongly coupled optical cavity illuminated by weak single- or multi-frequency light, the atom-light interaction entangles the frequency spectrum of a transmitted photon with the collective spin of the atomic ensemble. Simple time-resolved detection of the transmitted photon then projects the atomic ensemble into a desired pure entangled state. Complex entangled states such as multicomponent Schroedinger cat states can be generated with high fidelity. This probabilistic but fast heralded state-carving method can be made quasi-deterministic by repeated trial and feedback, yields high success probability per trial, and can be implemented with existing technology.

  20. Autonomous absolute calibration of an ICCD camera in single-photon detection regime

    Qi, Luo; Leuchs, Gerd; Chekhova, Maria V

    2016-01-01

    Intensified charge coupled device (ICCD) cameras are widely used in various applications such as microscopy, astronomy, spectroscopy. Often they are used as single-photon detectors, with thresholding being an essential part of the readout. In this paper, we measure the quantum efficiency of an ICCD camera in the single-photon detection mode using the Klyshko absolute calibration technique. The quantum efficiency is obtained as a function of the threshold value and of the wavelength of the detected light. In addition, we study the homogeneity of the photon sensitivity over the camera chip area. The experiment is performed in the autonomous regime, without using any additional detectors. We therefore demonstrate the self-calibration of an ICCD camera.