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1.25-Gbit/s photon-counting optical communications using a two-element superconducting nanowire single photon detector
Author(s): Eric A. Dauler; Bryan S. Robinson; Andrew J. Kerman; Vikas Anant; Richard J. Barron; Karl K. Berggren; David O. Caplan; John J. Carney; Scott A. Hamilton; Kristine M. Rosfjord; Mark L. Stevens; Joel K. W. Yang
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Paper Abstract

The sensitivity of a high-rate photon-counting optical communications link depends on the performance of the photon counter used to detect the optical signal. In this paper, we focus on ways to reduce the effect of blocking, which is loss due to time periods in which the photon counter is inactive following a preceding detection event. This blocking loss can be reduced by using an array of photon counting detectors or by using photon counters with a shorter inactive period. Both of these techniques for reducing the blocking loss can be employed by using a multi-element superconducting nanowire single-photon detector. Two-element superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors are used to demonstrate error-free photon counting optical communication at data rates of 781 Mbit/s and 1.25 Gbit/s.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 November 2006
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6372, Advanced Photon Counting Techniques, 637212 (3 November 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.690627
Show Author Affiliations
Eric A. Dauler, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Bryan S. Robinson, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Andrew J. Kerman, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Vikas Anant, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Richard J. Barron, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Karl K. Berggren, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
David O. Caplan, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
John J. Carney, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Scott A. Hamilton, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Kristine M. Rosfjord, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Mark L. Stevens, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Joel K. W. Yang, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6372:
Advanced Photon Counting Techniques
Wolfgang Becker, Editor(s)

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