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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 13 — Jun. 25, 2007
  • pp: 7940–7949

High purity bright single photon source

J. S. Neergaard-Nielsen, B. Melholt Nielsen, H. Takahashi, A. I. Vistnes, and E. S. Polzik  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 13, pp. 7940-7949 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.15.007940


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Abstract

Using cavity-enhanced non-degenerate parametric down-conversion, we have built a frequency tunable source of heralded single photons with a narrow bandwidth of 8 MHz, making it compatible with atomic quantum memories. The photon state is 70% pure single photon as characterized by a tomographic measurement and reconstruction of the quantum state, revealing a clearly negative Wigner function. Furthermore, it has a spectral brightness of ~1,500 photons/s per MHz bandwidth, making it one of the brightest single photon sources available. We also investigate the correlation function of the down-converted fields using a combination of two very distinct detection methods; photon counting and homodyne measurement.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(120.2920) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Homodyning
(230.6080) Optical devices : Sources
(270.5290) Quantum optics : Photon statistics

ToC Category:
Quantum Optics

History
Original Manuscript: April 3, 2007
Revised Manuscript: June 5, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: June 6, 2007
Published: June 11, 2007

Citation
J. S. Neergaard-Nielsen, B. M. Nielsen, H. Takahashi, A. I. Vistnes, and E. S. Polzik, "High purity bright single photon source," Opt. Express 15, 7940-7949 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-15-13-7940


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