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Quantum optics with nanowires (Conference Presentation)
Author(s): Val Zwiller

Paper Abstract

Nanowires offer new opportunities for nanoscale quantum optics; the quantum dot geometry in semiconducting nanowires as well as the material composition and environment can be engineered with unprecedented freedom to improve the light extraction efficiency. Quantum dots in nanowires are shown to be efficient single photon sources, in addition because of the very small fine structure splitting, we demonstrate the generation of entangled pairs of photons from a nanowire. By doping a nanowire and making ohmic contacts on both sides, a nanowire light emitting diode can be obtained with a single quantum dot as the active region. Under forward bias, this will act as an electrically pumped source of single photons. Under reverse bias, an avalanche effect can multiply photocurrent and enables the detection of single photons. Another type of nanowire under study in our group is superconducting nanowires for single photon detection, reaching efficiencies, time resolution and dark counts beyond currently available detectors. We will discuss our first attempts at combining semiconducting nanowire based single photon emitters and superconducting nanowire single photon detectors on a chip to realize integrated quantum circuits.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 April 2017
PDF: 1 pages
Proc. SPIE 10114, Quantum Dots and Nanostructures: Growth, Characterization, and Modeling XIV, 101140I (28 April 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2257560
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Val Zwiller, KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10114:
Quantum Dots and Nanostructures: Growth, Characterization, and Modeling XIV
Diana L. Huffaker; Holger Eisele, Editor(s)

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