Fibre-integrated noise gating of high-purity heralded single photons

Robert Francis-Jones, Peter Mosley

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Abstract

We present an all-fibre source of high-purity heralded single photons with an integrated conditional optical gate that reduces uncorrelated noise by almost an order of magnitude. Generating photon pairs by four-wave mixing in photonic crystal fibre, we observe with the noise gate active a factor of 7 reduction in the rate of single counts in the heralded channel with no measurable drop in coincidence count rate. In contrast to electronic post-selection of coincidence events, the real reduction in the flux of unwanted photons is beneficial for example to avoid bleaching light-sensitive samples or in generating entangled states.
Original languageEnglish
Article number104005
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Optics
Volume19
Issue number10
Early online date25 Aug 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Sep 2017

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