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## Ultralow noise up-conversion detector and spectrometer for the telecom bandGuo-Liang Shentu, Jason S. Pelc, Xiao-Dong Wang, Qi-Chao Sun, Ming-Yang Zheng, M. M. Fejer, Qiang Zhang, and Jian-Wei Pan »View Author Affiliations
Guo-Liang Shentu,
^{1}
Jason S. Pelc,^{2}
Xiao-Dong Wang,^{3}
Qi-Chao Sun,^{1}
Ming-Yang Zheng,^{1}
M. M. Fejer,^{2}
Qiang Zhang,^{1}
and Jian-Wei Pan^{1}
Corresponding author: qiangzh@ustc.edu.cn |

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 12, pp. 13986-13991 (2013)

http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.21.013986

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### Abstract

We demonstrate up-conversion single-photon detection for the 1550-nm telecommunications band using a PPLN waveguide, long-wavelength pump, and narrowband filtering using a volume Bragg grating. We achieve total-system detection efficiency of around 30% with noise at the dark-count level of a Silicon APD. Based on the new detector, a single-pixel up-conversion infrared spectrometer with a noise equivalent power of −142 dBm Hz^{-1/2} was demonstrated, which was as good as a liquid nitrogen cooled CCD camera.

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**OCIS Codes**

(190.4410) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, parametric processes

(190.7220) Nonlinear optics : Upconversion

(270.5570) Quantum optics : Quantum detectors

**ToC Category:**

Nonlinear Optics

**History**

Original Manuscript: April 30, 2013

Revised Manuscript: May 21, 2013

Manuscript Accepted: May 22, 2013

Published: June 3, 2013

**Citation**

Guo-Liang Shentu, Jason S. Pelc, Xiao-Dong Wang, Qi-Chao Sun, Ming-Yang Zheng, M. M. Fejer, Qiang Zhang, and Jian-Wei Pan, "Ultralow noise up-conversion detector and spectrometer for the telecom band," Opt. Express **21**, 13986-13991 (2013)

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**Han, Z. F.**

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**Hirohata, T.**

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**Pelc, J. S.**

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**Phillips, C. R.**

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**Stucki, D.**

**Suyama, M.**

**Tadanaga, O.**

**Takesue, H.**

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**Takiguchi, Y.**

**Tamaki, K.**

**Tang, X.**

**Tanzilli, S.**

**Ten, S.**

**Thew, R. T.**

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**Walenta, N.**

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**Wang, S.**

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