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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 23 — Nov. 18, 2013
  • pp: 27826–27834

Photon pair generation in a silicon micro-ring resonator with reverse bias enhancement

Erman Engin, Damien Bonneau, Chandra M. Natarajan, Alex S. Clark, M. G. Tanner, R. H. Hadfield, Sanders N. Dorenbos, Val Zwiller, Kazuya Ohira, Nobuo Suzuki, Haruhiko Yoshida, Norio Iizuka, Mizunori Ezaki, Jeremy L. O’Brien, and Mark G. Thompson  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 23, pp. 27826-27834 (2013)

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Photon sources are fundamental components for any quantum photonic technology. The ability to generate high count-rate and low-noise correlated photon pairs via spontaneous parametric down-conversion using bulk crystals has been the cornerstone of modern quantum optics. However, future practical quantum technologies will require a scalable integration approach, and waveguide-based photon sources with high-count rate and low-noise characteristics will be an essential part of chip-based quantum technologies. Here, we demonstrate photon pair generation through spontaneous four-wave mixing in a silicon micro-ring resonator, reporting separately a maximum coincidence-to-accidental (CAR) ratio of 602 ± 37 (for a generation rate of 827kHz), and a maximum photon pair generation rate of 123 MHz ± 11 kHz (with a CAR value of 37). To overcome free-carrier related performance degradations we have investigated reverse biased p-i-n structures, demonstrating an improvement in the pair generation rate by a factor of up to 2 with negligible impact on CAR.

© 2013 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(270.0270) Quantum optics : Quantum optics
(250.4390) Optoelectronics : Nonlinear optics, integrated optics

ToC Category:
Quantum Optics

Original Manuscript: July 22, 2013
Revised Manuscript: October 9, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: October 10, 2013
Published: November 6, 2013

Erman Engin, Damien Bonneau, Chandra M. Natarajan, Alex S. Clark, M. G. Tanner, R. H. Hadfield, Sanders N. Dorenbos, Val Zwiller, Kazuya Ohira, Nobuo Suzuki, Haruhiko Yoshida, Norio Iizuka, Mizunori Ezaki, Jeremy L. O’Brien, and Mark G. Thompson, "Photon pair generation in a silicon micro-ring resonator with reverse bias enhancement," Opt. Express 21, 27826-27834 (2013)

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