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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 26 — Dec. 21, 2009
  • pp: 23589–23602

Photon pair generation in birefringent optical fibers

Brian J. Smith, P. Mahou, Offir Cohen, J. S. Lundeen, and I. A. Walmsley  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 26, pp. 23589-23602 (2009)

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We study both experimentally and theoretically the generation of photon pairs by spontaneous four-wave mixing (SFWM) in standard birefringent optical fibers. The ability to produce a range of two-photon spectral states, from highly correlated (entangled) to completely factorable, by means of cross-polarized birefringent phase matching, is explored. A simple model is developed to predict the spectral state of the photon pair which shows how this can be adjusted by choosing the appropriate pump bandwidth, fiber length and birefringence. Spontaneous Raman scattering is modeled to determine the tradeoff between SFWM and background Raman noise, and the predicted results are shown to agree with experimental data.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.4370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(270.0270) Quantum optics : Quantum optics
(270.5585) Quantum optics : Quantum information and processing

ToC Category:
Quantum Optics

Original Manuscript: September 15, 2009
Revised Manuscript: December 4, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: December 4, 2009
Published: December 9, 2009

Brian J. Smith, P. Mahou, Offir Cohen, J. S. Lundeen, and I. A. Walmsley, "Photon pair generation in birefringent optical fibers," Opt. Express 17, 23589-23602 (2009)

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