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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 19 — Sep. 15, 2008
  • pp: 15104–15108

Submicron axial resolution in an ultrabroadband two-photon interferometer using superconducting single-photon detectors

Magued B. Nasr, Olga Minaeva, Gregory N. Goltsman, Alexander V. Sergienko, Bahaa E. A. Saleh, and Malvin C. Teich  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 19, pp. 15104-15108 (2008)

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We generate ultrabroadband biphotons via the process of spontaneous parametric down-conversion in a quasi-phase-matched nonlinear grating that has a linearly chirped poling period. Using these biphotons in conjunction with superconducting single-photon detectors (SSPDs), we measure the narrowest Hong-Ou-Mandel dip to date in a two-photon interferometer, having a full width at half maximum (FWHM) of ≈ 5.7 fsec. This FWHM corresponds to a quantum optical coherence tomography (QOCT) axial resolution of 0.85 µm. Our results indicate that a high flux of nonoverlapping biphotons may be generated, as required in many applications of nonclassical light.

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OCIS Codes
(040.5570) Detectors : Quantum detectors
(270.0270) Quantum optics : Quantum optics
(270.5570) Quantum optics : Quantum detectors

ToC Category:
Quantum Optics

Original Manuscript: July 11, 2008
Revised Manuscript: September 3, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: September 4, 2008
Published: September 10, 2008

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Magued B. Nasr, Olga Minaeva, Gregory N. Goltsman, Alexander V. Sergienko, Bahaa E. Saleh, and Malvin C. Teich, "Submicron axial resolution in an ultrabroadband two-photon interferometer using superconducting single-photon detectors," Opt. Express 16, 15104-15108 (2008)

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