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SUPERTWIN: towards 100kpixel CMOS quantum image sensors for quantum optics applications
Author(s): Leonardo Gasparini; Bänz Bessire; Manuel Unternährer; André Stefanov; Dmitri Boiko; Matteo Perenzoni; David Stoppa

Paper Abstract

Quantum imaging uses entangled photons to overcome the limits of a classical-light apparatus in terms of image quality, beating the standard shot-noise limit, and exceeding the Abbe diffraction limit for resolution. In today experiments, the spatial properties of entangled photons are recorded by means of complex and slow setups that include either the motorized scanning of single-pixel single-photon detectors, such as Photo-Multiplier Tubes (PMT) or Silicon Photo- Multipliers (SiPM), or the use of low frame rate intensified CCD cameras. CMOS arrays of Single Photon Avalanche Diodes (SPAD) represent a relatively recent technology that may lead to simpler setups and faster acquisition. They are spatially- and time-resolved single-photon detectors, i.e. they can provide the position within the array and the time of arrival of every detected photon with <100 ps resolution. SUPERTWIN is a European H2020 project aiming at developing the technological building blocks (emitter, detector and system) for a new, all solid-state quantum microscope system exploiting entangled photons to overcome the Rayleigh limit, targeting a resolution of 40nm. This work provides the measurement results of the 2nd order cross-correlation function relative to a flux of entangled photon pairs acquired with a fully digital 8×16 pixel SPAD array in CMOS technology. The limitations for application in quantum optics of the employed architecture and of other solutions in the literature will be analyzed, with emphasis on crosstalk. Then, the specifications for a dedicated detector will be given, paving the way for future implementations of 100kpixel Quantum Image Sensors.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 January 2017
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 10111, Quantum Sensing and Nano Electronics and Photonics XIV, 101112L (27 January 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2253598
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Leonardo Gasparini, Fondazione Bruno Kessler (Italy)
Bänz Bessire, Univ. Bern (Switzerland)
Manuel Unternährer, Univ. Bern (Switzerland)
André Stefanov, Univ. Bern (Switzerland)
Dmitri Boiko, Ctr. Suisse d'Electronique et de Microtechnique SA (Switzerland)
Matteo Perenzoni, Fondazione Bruno Kessler (Italy)
David Stoppa, Fondazione Bruno Kessler (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10111:
Quantum Sensing and Nano Electronics and Photonics XIV
Manijeh Razeghi, Editor(s)

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