Parametric Down-Conversion

Christ, Andreas, Fedrizzi, Alessandro, Hubel, Hannes, Jennewein, Thomas and Silberhorn, Christine (2013). Parametric Down-Conversion. In Alan Migdall, Sergey V. Polyakov, Jingyun Fan and Joshua C. Bienfang (Ed.), Single-Photon Generation and Detection Physics and Applications (pp. 351-410) Maryland Heights, MO United States: Academic Press. doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-387695-9.00011-1

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Author Christ, Andreas
Fedrizzi, Alessandro
Hubel, Hannes
Jennewein, Thomas
Silberhorn, Christine
Title of chapter Parametric Down-Conversion
Title of book Single-Photon Generation and Detection Physics and Applications
Place of Publication Maryland Heights, MO United States
Publisher Academic Press
Publication Year 2013
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
DOI 10.1016/B978-0-12-387695-9.00011-1
Open Access Status
Year available 2013
Series Experimental Methods in the Physical Sciences
ISBN 1306183901
ISSN 1079-4042
Editor Alan Migdall
Sergey V. Polyakov
Jingyun Fan
Joshua C. Bienfang
Volume number 45
Chapter number 11
Start page 351
End page 410
Total pages 60
Total chapters 14
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Abstract/Summary In this chapter we review the process of parametric down-conversion (PDC) and discuss the different methods to use PDC as a heralded single-photon source.PDC is a non-linear optical process, where an incoming pump photon decays, under energy and momentum conservation, into a photon-pair. The creation of photons in pairs allows for the implementation of a single-photon source by detecting one photon (trigger) to herald the presence of its partner (signal). The engineering possibilities of PDC enable the generation of single-photons with high rates in a wide range of frequencies.This chapter is structured as follows: Section 11.2 describes the principles of PDC in non-linear media. We derive the quantum state of the generated photon-pairs, investigate the spectral purity and photon-number purity of the heralded signal photon and discuss the achievable single-photon generation rates. In section 11.3 we turn towards experimental realizations and introduce bulk crystal PDC. Section 11.4 elaborates on the use of periodic poling to engineer the PDC process. Finally, section 11.5 gives an overview over PDC in waveguides.A comparison of experimental data from various heralded singe-photon sources based on PDC is presented in section 11.6 with an overview of nonlinear materials suited for PDC given in section 11.7.
Keyword Deterministic single photon source
Extended phase matching
Heralded single photon source
Parametric down conversion
Quasi phase matching
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