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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: Henry van Driel
  • Vol. 27, Iss. 9 — Sep. 1, 2010
  • pp: 1857–1865

Quantum efficiency measurement of single-photon detectors using photon pairs generated in optical fibers

Xiaoying Li, Xiaoxin Ma, Limei Quan, Lei Yang, Liang Cui, and Xueshi Guo  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 27, Issue 9, pp. 1857-1865 (2010)

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Using the correlated signal and idler photon pairs generated in a dispersion-shifted fiber by a pulsed pump, we measure the quantum efficiency of an InGaAs/InP avalanche photodiode-based single-photon detector. Since the collection efficiency of photon pairs is a key parameter to correctly deduce the quantum efficiency, we carefully characterize the collection efficiency by studying the correlation dependence of photon pairs on the spectra of pump, signal, and idler photons. This study allows us to obtain the quantum efficiency of the single-photon detector by using photon pairs with various kinds of bandwidth.

© 2010 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.4370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(120.3940) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Metrology
(270.5290) Quantum optics : Photon statistics
(270.5570) Quantum optics : Quantum detectors
(190.4975) Nonlinear optics : Parametric processes

ToC Category:
Quantum Optics

Original Manuscript: June 4, 2010
Revised Manuscript: July 2, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: July 15, 2010
Published: August 18, 2010

Xiaoying Li, Xiaoxin Ma, Limei Quan, Lei Yang, Liang Cui, and Xueshi Guo, "Quantum efficiency measurement of single-photon detectors using photon pairs generated in optical fibers," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 27, 1857-1865 (2010)

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