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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 2 — Jan. 17, 2011
  • pp: 616–627

Simple performance evaluation of pulsed spontaneous parametric down-conversion sources for quantum communications

Jean-Loup Smirr, Sylvain Guilbaud, Joe Ghalbouni, Robert Frey, Eleni Diamanti, Romain Alléaume, and Isabelle Zaquine  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 2, pp. 616-627 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.19.000616


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Abstract

Fast characterization of pulsed spontaneous parametric down conversion (SPDC) sources is important for applications in quantum information processing and communications. We propose a simple method to perform this task, which only requires measuring the counts on the two output channels and the coincidences between them, as well as modeling the filter used to reduce the source bandwidth. The proposed method is experimentally tested and used for a complete evaluation of SPDC sources (pair emission probability, total losses, and fidelity) of various bandwidths. This method can find applications in the setting up of SPDC sources and in the continuous verification of the quality of quantum communication links.

© 2011 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(190.4410) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, parametric processes
(270.5565) Quantum optics : Quantum communications
(270.5585) Quantum optics : Quantum information and processing

ToC Category:
Quantum Optics

History
Original Manuscript: August 9, 2010
Revised Manuscript: October 11, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: December 24, 2010
Published: January 5, 2011

Citation
Jean-Loup Smirr, Sylvain Guilbaud, Joe Ghalbouni, Robert Frey, Eleni Diamanti, Romain Alléaume, and Isabelle Zaquine, "Simple performance evaluation of pulsed spontaneous parametric down-conversion sources for quantum communications," Opt. Express 19, 616-627 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-19-2-616


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