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A versatile source of single photons for quantum information processing

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Foertsch,  Michael
Quantum Information Processing, Leuchs Division, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Max Planck Society;

http://pubman.mpdl.mpg.de/cone/persons/resource/persons201065

Fuerst,  Josef U.
International Max Planck Research School, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Max Planck Society;
Quantum Information Processing, Leuchs Division, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Max Planck Society;

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Wittmann,  Christoffer
Quantum Information Processing, Leuchs Division, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Max Planck Society;

http://pubman.mpdl.mpg.de/cone/persons/resource/persons201206

Strekalov,  Dmitry
Quantum Information Processing, Leuchs Division, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Max Planck Society;

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Aiello,  Andrea
Optical Quantum Information Theory, Leuchs Division, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Max Planck Society;

http://pubman.mpdl.mpg.de/cone/persons/resource/persons201034

Chekhova,  Maria V.
Quantum Radiation, Leuchs Division, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Max Planck Society;
Chekhova Research Group, Research Groups, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Max Planck Society;
Optical Technologies, Technology Development and Service Units, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Max Planck Society;

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Silberhorn,  Christine
Silberhorn Research Group, Research Groups, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Max Planck Society;

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Leuchs,  Gerd
Leuchs Division, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Max Planck Society;

http://pubman.mpdl.mpg.de/cone/persons/resource/persons201126

Marquardt,  Christoph
Quantum Information Processing, Leuchs Division, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Max Planck Society;

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Foertsch, M., Fuerst, J. U., Wittmann, C., Strekalov, D., Aiello, A., Chekhova, M. V., et al. (2013). A versatile source of single photons for quantum information processing. NATURE COMMUNICATIONS, 4: 1818. doi:10.1038/ncomms2838.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-002D-677D-4
Abstract
The generation of high-quality single-photon states with controllable narrow spectral bandwidths and central frequencies is key to facilitate efficient coupling of any atomic system to non-classical light fields. Such an interaction is essential in numerous experiments for fundamental science and applications in quantum communication and information processing, as well as in quantum metrology. Here we implement a fully tunable, narrow-band and efficient single-photon source based on a whispering gallery mode resonator. Our disk-shaped, monolithic and intrinsically stable resonator is made of lithium niobate and supports a cavity-assisted spontaneous parametric down-conversion process. The generated photon pairs are emitted into two highly tunable resonator modes. We verify wavelength tuning over 100 nm of both modes with controllable bandwidth between 7.2 and 13 MHz. Heralding of single photons yields anti-bunching with g((2))(0) < 0.2.