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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 26 — Dec. 25, 2006
  • pp: 13067–13072

1.5-µm single photon counting using polarization-independent up-conversion detector

Hiroki Takesue, Eleni Diamanti, Carsten Langrock, M. M. Fejer, and Yoshihisa Yamamoto  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 26, pp. 13067-13072 (2006)

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We report a 1.5-µm band polarization independent single photon detector based on frequency up-conversion in periodically poled lithium niobate (PPLN) waveguides. To overcome the polarization dependence of the PPLN waveguides, we employed a polarization diversity configuration composed of two up-conversion detectors connected with a polarization beam splitter. We experimentally confirmed polarization independent single photon counting using our detector. We undertook a proof-of-principle differential phase shift quantum key distribution experiment using the detector, and confirmed that the sifted key rate and error rate remained stable when the polarization state was changed during single photon transmission.

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OCIS Codes
(060.0060) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics and optical communications
(270.0270) Quantum optics : Quantum optics

ToC Category:
Quantum Optics

Original Manuscript: October 31, 2006
Revised Manuscript: December 15, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: December 16, 2006
Published: December 22, 2006

Hiroki Takesue, Eleni Diamanti, Carsten Langrock, M. M. Fejer, and Yoshihisa Yamamoto, "1.5- μm single photon counting using polarization-independent up-conversion detector," Opt. Express 14, 13067-13072 (2006)

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