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Photon number generation with the visible light photon counter
Author(s): Edo Waks; Eleni Diamanti; Yoshihisa Yamamoto
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Paper Abstract

The Visible Light Photon Counter (VLPC) has the capability to discriminate photon number states, in contrast to conventional photon counters which can only detect the presence or absence of photons. We use this capability, along with the process of parametric down-conversion, to generate photon number states. We first investigate single photon generation, using a modified Hanbury-Brown Twiss (HBT) intensity interferometer to verify the single photon nature of the light. We then use a second VLPC to experimentally demonstrate generation of 2,3 and 4 photons with high fidelity. We investigate the effect of the detection efficiency of the VLPC on the generation rate and fidelity of the created states.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 October 2004
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 5551, Quantum Communications and Quantum Imaging II, (19 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.561471
Show Author Affiliations
Edo Waks, Stanford Univ. (United States)
Eleni Diamanti, Stanford Univ. (United States)
Yoshihisa Yamamoto, Stanford Univ. (United States)
NTT Basic Research Labs (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5551:
Quantum Communications and Quantum Imaging II
Ronald E. Meyers; Yanhua Shih, Editor(s)

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