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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 25 — Dec. 7, 2009
  • pp: 22689–22703

Broadband frequency conversion and shaping of single photons emitted from a nonlinear cavity

Murray W. McCutcheon, Darrick E. Chang, Yinan Zhang, Mikhail D. Lukin, and Marko Lončar  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 25, pp. 22689-22703 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.17.022689


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Abstract

Much recent effort has focused on coupling individual quantum emitters to optical microcavities in order to produce single photons on demand, enable single-photon optical switching, and implement functional nodes of a quantum network. Techniques to control the bandwidth and frequency of the outgoing single photons are of practical importance, allowing direct emission into telecommunications wavelengths and “hybrid” quantum networks incorporating different emitters. Here, we describe an integrated approach involving a quantum emitter coupled to a nonlinear optical resonator, in which the emission wavelength and pulse shape are controlled using the intra-cavity nonlinearity. Our scheme is general in nature, and demonstrates how the photonic environment of a quantum emitter can be tailored to determine the emission properties. As specific examples, we discuss a high Q-factor, TE-TM double-mode photonic crystal cavity design that allows for direct generation of single photons at telecom wavelengths (1425 nm) starting from an InAs/GaAs quantum dot with a 950 nm transition wavelength, and a scheme for direct optical coupling between such a quantum dot and a diamond nitrogen-vacancy center at 637 nm.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(230.5750) Optical devices : Resonators
(270.5580) Quantum optics : Quantum electrodynamics
(230.5298) Optical devices : Photonic crystals
(270.5585) Quantum optics : Quantum information and processing

ToC Category:
Quantum Optics

History
Original Manuscript: October 21, 2009
Revised Manuscript: November 20, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: November 23, 2009
Published: November 25, 2009

Citation
Murray W. McCutcheon, Darrick E. Chang, Yinan Zhang, Mikhail D. Lukin, and Marko Loncar, "Broadband frequency conversion and shaping of single photons emitted from a nonlinear cavity," Opt. Express 17, 22689-22703 (2009)
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