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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 4 — Feb. 15, 2006
  • pp: 444–446

781 Mbit s photon-counting optical communications using a superconducting nanowire detector

Bryan S. Robinson, Andrew J. Kerman, Eric A. Dauler, Richard J. Barron, David O. Caplan, Mark L. Stevens, John J. Carney, Scott A. Hamilton, Joel K.W. Yang, and Karl K. Berggren  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 31, Issue 4, pp. 444-446 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.31.000444


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Abstract

We demonstrate 1550 nm photon-counting optical communications with a NbN-nanowire superconducting single-photon detector. Source data are encoded with a rate-1/2 forward-error correcting code and transmitted by use of 32-ary pulse-position modulation at 5 and 10 GHz slot rates. Error-free performance is obtained with 0.5 detected photon per source bit at a source data rate of 781 Mbits s . To the best of our knowledge, this is the highest reported data rate for a photon-counting receiver.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(040.0040) Detectors : Detectors
(040.5570) Detectors : Quantum detectors
(060.4080) Fiber optics and optical communications : Modulation
(060.4510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Optical communications
(160.1890) Materials : Detector materials

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: September 13, 2005
Revised Manuscript: November 9, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: November 10, 2005

Citation
Bryan S. Robinson, Andrew J. Kerman, Eric A. Dauler, Richard J. Barron, David O. Caplan, Mark L. Stevens, John J. Carney, Scott A. Hamilton, Joel K. Yang, and Karl K. Berggren, "781 Mbit/s photon-counting optical communications using a superconducting nanowire detector," Opt. Lett. 31, 444-446 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-31-4-444

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