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  • Vol. 36, Iss. 17 — Sep. 1, 2011
  • pp: 3413–3415

Slow-light enhanced correlated photon pair generation in a silicon photonic crystal waveguide

C. Xiong, Christelle Monat, Alex S. Clark, Christian Grillet, Graham D. Marshall, M. J. Steel, Juntao Li, Liam O’Faolain, Thomas F. Krauss, John G. Rarity, and Benjamin J. Eggleton  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 17, pp. 3413-3415 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.36.003413


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Abstract

We report the generation of correlated photon pairs in the telecom C-band at room temperature from a dispersion-engineered silicon photonic crystal waveguide. The spontaneous four-wave mixing process producing the photon pairs is enhanced by slow-light propagation enabling an active device length of less than 100 μm . With a coincidence to accidental ratio of 12.8 at a pair generation rate of 0.006 per pulse, this ultracompact photon pair source paves the way toward scalable quantum information processing realized on-chip.

© 2011 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(190.4380) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, four-wave mixing
(190.4390) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, integrated optics
(130.5296) Integrated optics : Photonic crystal waveguides
(270.5585) Quantum optics : Quantum information and processing

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

History
Original Manuscript: June 17, 2011
Revised Manuscript: August 5, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: August 5, 2011
Published: August 26, 2011

Citation
C. Xiong, Christelle Monat, Alex S. Clark, Christian Grillet, Graham D. Marshall, M. J. Steel, Juntao Li, Liam O’Faolain, Thomas F. Krauss, John G. Rarity, and Benjamin J. Eggleton, "Slow-light enhanced correlated photon pair generation in a silicon photonic crystal waveguide," Opt. Lett. 36, 3413-3415 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-36-17-3413


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