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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 11 — May. 23, 2011
  • pp: 10501–10510

Temporal correlation of photons following frequency up-conversion

Lijun Ma, Matthew T. Rakher, Martin J. Stevens, Oliver Slattery, Kartik Srinivasan, and Xiao Tang  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 11, pp. 10501-10510 (2011)

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We demonstrate an approach to measure temporal correlations of photons in the near infrared range using frequency up-conversion. In this approach, the near infrared signal photons are converted into the visible range, in which highly efficient silicon avalanche photodiodes are used to perform the temporal correlation measurements. A coherent light source and a pseudo-thermal light source were used in the experiment. The results are in agreement with theoretical values and those obtained from measurements directly made using superconducting nanowire single photon detectors. We conclude that the temporal correlation (up to 4th order) of photons was preserved in the frequency up-conversion process. We further theoretically and experimentally studied the influence of the dark counts on the measurement. The setup uses commercially available components and achieves high total detection efficiency (~26%).

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OCIS Codes
(030.5260) Coherence and statistical optics : Photon counting
(190.4410) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, parametric processes
(230.7370) Optical devices : Waveguides
(270.5290) Quantum optics : Photon statistics

ToC Category:
Quantum Optics

Original Manuscript: April 20, 2011
Revised Manuscript: May 9, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: May 9, 2011
Published: May 12, 2011

Lijun Ma, Matthew T. Rakher, Martin J. Stevens, Oliver Slattery, Kartik Srinivasan, and Xiao Tang, "Temporal correlation of photons following frequency up-conversion," Opt. Express 19, 10501-10510 (2011)

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