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The compact photon pair source that survived a rocket explosion
Author(s): Zhongkan Tang; Rakhitha Chandrasekara; Yue Chuan Tan; Cliff Cheng; Kadir Durak; Alexander Ling
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Paper Abstract

We report on the performance of a compact photon pair source that was retrieved from a failed space launch. The source had been installed in a nanosatellite and was found to be completely operational upon recovery. Comparison of post-recovery and baseline data suggests that there is no degradation in brightness or polarization correlation between photon pairs. We describe the assembly technique for the robust source. Its survival provides strong evidence that it is possible to design rugged quantum optical systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 September 2016
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9980, Quantum Communications and Quantum Imaging XIV, 99800A (13 September 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2235572
Show Author Affiliations
Zhongkan Tang, National Univ. of Singapore (Singapore)
Rakhitha Chandrasekara, National Univ. of Singapore (Singapore)
Yue Chuan Tan, National Univ. of Singapore (Singapore)
Cliff Cheng, National Univ. of Singapore (Singapore)
Kadir Durak, National Univ. of Singapore (Singapore)
Alexander Ling, National Univ. of Singapore (Singapore)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9980:
Quantum Communications and Quantum Imaging XIV
Ronald E. Meyers; Yanhua Shih; Keith S. Deacon, Editor(s)

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