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Deploying quantum light sources on nanosatellites I: lessons and perspectives on the optical system
Author(s): R. Chandrasekara; Z. Tang; Y. C. Tan; C. Cheng; B. Septriani; K. Durak; J. A. Grieve; A. Ling
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Paper Abstract

The Small Photon Entangling Quantum System is an integrated instrument where the pump, photon pair source and detectors are combined within a single optical tray and electronics package that is no larger than 10cm×10cm×3cm. This footprint enables the instrument to be placed onboard nanosatellites or the CubeLab facility within the International Space Station. The first mission is to understand the different environmental conditions that may affect the operation of an entangled photon source in low Earth orbit. This understanding is crucial for the construction of cost-effective entanglement based experiments that utilize nanosatellite architecture. We will discuss the challenges and lessons we have learned over three years of development and testing of the integrated optical platform and review the perspectives for future advanced experiments.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 September 2015
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 9615, Quantum Communications and Quantum Imaging XIII, 96150S (1 September 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2196245
Show Author Affiliations
R. Chandrasekara, National Univ. of Singapore (Singapore)
Z. Tang, National Univ. of Singapore (Singapore)
Y. C. Tan, National Univ. of Singapore (Singapore)
C. Cheng, National Univ. of Singapore (Singapore)
B. Septriani, National Univ. of Singapore (Singapore)
K. Durak, National Univ. of Singapore (Singapore)
J. A. Grieve, National Univ. of Singapore (Singapore)
A. Ling, National Univ. of Singapore (Singapore)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9615:
Quantum Communications and Quantum Imaging XIII
Ronald E. Meyers; Yanhua Shih; Keith S. Deacon, Editor(s)

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