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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 25 — Dec. 7, 2009
  • pp: 22823–22837

Producing high fidelity single photons with optimal brightness via waveguided parametric down-conversion

K. Laiho, K. N. Cassemiro, and Ch. Silberhorn  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 25, pp. 22823-22837 (2009)

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Parametric down-conversion (PDC) offers the possibility to control the fabrication of non-Gaussian states such as Fock states. However, in conventional PDC sources energy and momentum conservation introduce strict frequency and photon number correlations, which impact the fidelity of the prepared state. In our work we optimize the preparation of single-photon Fock states from the emission of waveguided PDC via spectral filtering. We study the effect of correlations via photon number resolving detection and quantum interference. Our measurements show how the reduction of mixedness due to filtering can be evaluated. Interfering the prepared photon with a coherent state we establish an experimentally measured fidelity of the produced target state of 78%.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(190.4410) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, parametric processes
(270.1670) Quantum optics : Coherent optical effects
(270.5290) Quantum optics : Photon statistics

ToC Category:
Quantum Optics

Original Manuscript: September 30, 2009
Revised Manuscript: October 23, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: November 21, 2009
Published: November 30, 2009

K. Laiho, K. N. Cassemiro, and Ch. Silberhorn, "Producing high fidelity single photons with optimal brightness via waveguided parametric down-conversion," Opt. Express 17, 22823-22837 (2009)

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