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Optics Express

  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 13, Iss. 1 — Jan. 10, 2005
  • pp: 50–55

High performance single photon sources from photolithographically defined pillar microcavities

A. J. Bennett, D. C. Unitt, P. Atkinson, D. A. Ritchie, and A. J. Shields  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 13, Issue 1, pp. 50-55 (2005)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OPEX.13.000050


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Abstract

We demonstrate that single photons can be generated from single InAs/GaAs quantum dots in photolithographically defined pillar microcavities. Pillars with a 1.9 µm diameter cavity show a four fold enhancement in the radiative decay rate due to the Purcell effect and a photon collection efficiency into a lens of up to 10%. Measurements of the second order correlation function reveal a greater than fifty fold reduction in the multi-photon emission rate compared to a laser of the same intensity.

© 2005 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(270.5290) Quantum optics : Photon statistics
(300.6250) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, condensed matter

ToC Category:
Research Papers

History
Original Manuscript: November 17, 2004
Revised Manuscript: December 15, 2004
Manuscript Accepted: December 20, 2004
Published: January 10, 2005

Citation
A. J. Bennett, D. C. Unitt, P. Atkinson, D. A. Ritchie, and A. J. Shields, "High performance single photon sources from photolithographically defined pillar microcavities," Opt. Express 13, 50-55 (2005)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-13-1-50


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