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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 23 — Nov. 7, 2011
  • pp: 23249–23257

Self consistent, absolute calibration technique for photon number resolving detectors

A. Avella, G. Brida, I. P. Degiovanni, M. Genovese, M. Gramegna, L. Lolli, E. Monticone, C. Portesi, M. Rajteri, M. L. Rastello, E. Taralli, P. Traina, and M. White  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 23, pp. 23249-23257 (2011)

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Well characterized photon number resolving detectors are a requirement for many applications ranging from quantum information and quantum metrology to the foundations of quantum mechanics. This prompts the necessity for reliable calibration techniques at the single photon level. In this paper we propose an innovative absolute calibration technique for photon number resolving detectors, using a pulsed heralded photon source based on parametric down conversion. The technique, being absolute, does not require reference standards and is independent upon the performances of the heralding detector. The method provides the results of quantum efficiency for the heralded detector as a function of detected photon numbers. Furthermore, we prove its validity by performing the calibration of a Transition Edge Sensor based detector, a real photon number resolving detector that has recently demonstrated its effectiveness in various quantum information protocols.

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OCIS Codes
(030.5260) Coherence and statistical optics : Photon counting
(030.5630) Coherence and statistical optics : Radiometry
(270.5570) Quantum optics : Quantum detectors

ToC Category:
Quantum Optics

Original Manuscript: July 29, 2011
Revised Manuscript: August 31, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: September 6, 2011
Published: November 1, 2011

A. Avella, G. Brida, I. P. Degiovanni, M. Genovese, M. Gramegna, L. Lolli, E. Monticone, C. Portesi, M. Rajteri, M. L. Rastello, E. Taralli, P. Traina, and M. White, "Self consistent, absolute calibration technique for photon number resolving detectors," Opt. Express 19, 23249-23257 (2011)

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