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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 22 — Oct. 24, 2011
  • pp: 21445–21456

Long-wavelength-pumped upconversion single-photon detector at 1550 nm: performance and noise analysis

J. S. Pelc, L. Ma, C. R. Phillips, Q. Zhang, C. Langrock, O. Slattery, X. Tang, and M. M. Fejer  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 22, pp. 21445-21456 (2011)

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We demonstrate upconversion-assisted single-photon detection for the 1.55-μm telecommunications band based on a periodically poled lithium niobate (PPLN) waveguide pumped by a monolithic PPLN optical parametric oscillator. We achieve an internal conversion efficiency of 86%, which results in an overall system detection efficiency of 37%, with excess noise as low as 103 counts s−1. We measure the dark count rate versus the upconversion pump-signal frequency separation and find the results to be consistent with noise photon generation by spontaneous anti-Stokes Raman scattering. These results enable detailed design guidelines for the development of low-noise quantum frequency conversion systems, which will be an important component of fiber-optic quantum networks.

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OCIS Codes
(040.5570) Detectors : Quantum detectors
(190.7220) Nonlinear optics : Upconversion
(290.5860) Scattering : Scattering, Raman
(270.5565) Quantum optics : Quantum communications

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Original Manuscript: August 4, 2011
Revised Manuscript: September 19, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: September 20, 2011
Published: October 17, 2011

J. S. Pelc, L. Ma, C. R. Phillips, Q. Zhang, C. Langrock, O. Slattery, X. Tang, and M. M. Fejer, "Long-wavelength-pumped upconversion single-photon detector at 1550 nm: performance and noise analysis," Opt. Express 19, 21445-21456 (2011)

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