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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 19 — Sep. 14, 2009
  • pp: 16558–16570

Continuous wave photon pair generation in silicon-on-insulator waveguides and ring resonators

S. Clemmen, K. Phan Huy, W. Bogaerts, R. G. Baets, Ph. Emplit, and S. Massar  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 19, pp. 16558-16570 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.17.016558


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Abstract

Silicon waveguides are promising χ3-based photon pair sources. Demonstrations so far have been based on picosecond pulsed lasers. Here, we present the first investigation of photon pair generation in silicon waveguides in a continuous regime. The source is characterized by coincidence measurements. We uncover the presence of unexpected noise which had not been noticed in earlier experiments. Subsequently, we present advances towards integration of the photon pair source with other components on the chip. This is demonstrated by photon pair generation in a Sagnac loop interferometer and inside a micro-ring cavity. Comparison with the straight waveguide shows that these are promising avenues for improving the source. In particular photon pair generation in the micro-ring cavity yields a source with a spectral width of approximately 150 pm resulting in a spectral brightness increased by more than 2 orders of magnitude.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(190.4380) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, four-wave mixing
(190.4390) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, integrated optics
(270.0270) Quantum optics : Quantum optics

ToC Category:
Quantum Optics

History
Original Manuscript: April 15, 2009
Revised Manuscript: June 12, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: June 15, 2009
Published: September 2, 2009

Citation
S. Clemmen, K. Phan Huy, W. Bogaerts, R. G. Baets, Ph. Emplit, and S. Massar, "Continuous wave photon pair generation in silicon-on-insulator waveguides and ring resonators," Opt. Express 17, 16558-16570 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-17-19-16558


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