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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 19 — Sep. 23, 2013
  • pp: 22657–22670

High quantum-efficiency photon-number-resolving detector for photonic on-chip information processing

Brice Calkins, Paolo L. Mennea, Adriana E. Lita, Benjamin J. Metcalf, W. Steven Kolthammer, Antia Lamas-Linares, Justin B. Spring, Peter C. Humphreys, Richard P. Mirin, James C. Gates, Peter G. R. Smith, Ian A. Walmsley, Thomas Gerrits, and Sae Woo Nam  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 19, pp. 22657-22670 (2013)

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The integrated optical circuit is a promising architecture for the realization of complex quantum optical states and information networks. One element that is required for many of these applications is a high-efficiency photon detector capable of photon-number discrimination. We present an integrated photonic system in the telecom band at 1550 nm based on UV-written silica-on-silicon waveguides and modified transition-edge sensors capable of number resolution and over 40 % efficiency. Exploiting the mode transmission failure of these devices, we multiplex three detectors in series to demonstrate a combined 79 % ± 2 % detection efficiency with a single pass, and 88 % ± 3 % at the operating wavelength of an on-chip terminal reflection grating. Furthermore, our optical measurements clearly demonstrate no significant unexplained loss in this system due to scattering or reflections. This waveguide and detector design therefore allows the placement of number-resolving single-photon detectors of predictable efficiency at arbitrary locations within a photonic circuit – a capability that offers great potential for many quantum optical applications. *Contribution of NIST, an agency of the U.S. government, not subject to copyright

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OCIS Codes
(030.5260) Coherence and statistical optics : Photon counting
(040.3780) Detectors : Low light level
(220.0220) Optical design and fabrication : Optical design and fabrication
(230.7390) Optical devices : Waveguides, planar
(270.5570) Quantum optics : Quantum detectors

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Original Manuscript: May 24, 2013
Revised Manuscript: July 1, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: July 10, 2013
Published: September 18, 2013

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September 19, 2013 Spotlight on Optics

Brice Calkins, Paolo L. Mennea, Adriana E. Lita, Benjamin J. Metcalf, W. Steven Kolthammer, Antia Lamas-Linares, Justin B. Spring, Peter C. Humphreys, Richard P. Mirin, James C. Gates, Peter G. R. Smith, Ian A. Walmsley, Thomas Gerrits, and Sae Woo Nam, "High quantum-efficiency photon-number-resolving detector for photonic on-chip information processing," Opt. Express 21, 22657-22670 (2013)

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