Bidirectional multiplexing of heralded single photons from a silicon chip

C. Xiong*, T. D. Vo, M. J. Collins, J. Li, T. F. Krauss, M. J. Steel, A. S. Clark, B. J. Eggleton

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Abstract

We demonstrate integrated spatial multiplexing of heralded single photons generated from a single 96 μm long silicon photonic crystal waveguide in a bidirectional pump configuration. By using a low-loss fiber-coupled opto-ceramic switch, the multiplexing technique enhances the brightness of the single photon source by 51.2 ± 4. 0% while maintaining the coincidence-to-accidental ratio. Compared with the demonstration of multiplexing two individual sources, the bidirectional pump scheme represents a twofold reduction in the footprint of nonlinear devices for future large-scale integration of on-chip single photon sources. The 51.2 ± 4.0% gain will make any quantum operation requiring n photons 1.5n times faster.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5176-5179
Number of pages4
JournalOptics Letters
Volume38
Issue number23
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2013

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This paper was published in Optics Letters and is made available as an electronic reprint with the permission of OSA. The paper can be found at the following URL on the OSA website: http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?uri=ol-38-23-5176. Systematic or multiple reproduction or distribution to multiple locations via electronic or other means is prohibited and is subject to penalties under law.

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