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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 38, Iss. 8 — Apr. 15, 2013
  • pp: 1310–1312

Reducing noise in single-photon-level frequency conversion

Paulina S. Kuo, Jason S. Pelc, Oliver Slattery, Yong-Su Kim, M. M. Fejer, and Xiao Tang  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 8, pp. 1310-1312 (2013)

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We demonstrate low-noise and efficient frequency conversion by sum-frequency mixing in a periodically poled LiNbO 3 (PPLN) waveguide. Using a 1556 nm pump, 1302 nm photons are efficiently converted to 709 nm photons. We obtain 70% conversion efficiency in the PPLN waveguide and > 50 % external conversion efficiency with 600 noise counts per second at peak conversion with continuous-wave pumping. We simultaneously achieve low noise and high conversion efficiency by careful spectral filtering. We discuss the impact of low-noise frequency translation on single-photon upconversion detection and quantum information applications.

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OCIS Codes
(190.4360) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, devices
(270.5585) Quantum optics : Quantum information and processing
(230.7405) Optical devices : Wavelength conversion devices

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: January 31, 2013
Revised Manuscript: February 27, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: March 8, 2013
Published: April 10, 2013

Paulina S. Kuo, Jason S. Pelc, Oliver Slattery, Yong-Su Kim, M. M. Fejer, and Xiao Tang, "Reducing noise in single-photon-level frequency conversion," Opt. Lett. 38, 1310-1312 (2013)

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