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Modular linear optical circuits

Modular linear optical circuits
Modular linear optical circuits
Linear optical circuits that can provide reconfigurable interference between several optical modes are emerging as a powerful tool for both classical and quantum optics. In this work, we propose and demonstrate a modular architecture for building these circuits. Each module contains independent phase-controlled Mach-Zehnder interferometers, and several modules can be interfaced to build large reconfigurable interferometers. We demonstrate our approach by fabricating three modules in the form of UV-written silica-on-silicon chips. We characterize these chips, connect them to each other, and implement a wide range of linear optical transformations. Our work facilitates the development of large scale linear optical circuits for quantum optics.
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Mennea, Paolo, Clements, William, Smith, Devin, Gates, James, Metcalf, Benjamin J., Bannerman, Rex, Burgwal, Roel, Renema, Jelmer, Kolthammer, W.Steven, Walmsley, Ian A. and Smith, Peter (2018) Modular linear optical circuits. Optica, 5 (9), 1087-1090. (doi:10.1364/OPTICA.5.001087).

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Linear optical circuits that can provide reconfigurable interference between several optical modes are emerging as a powerful tool for both classical and quantum optics. In this work, we propose and demonstrate a modular architecture for building these circuits. Each module contains independent phase-controlled Mach-Zehnder interferometers, and several modules can be interfaced to build large reconfigurable interferometers. We demonstrate our approach by fabricating three modules in the form of UV-written silica-on-silicon chips. We characterize these chips, connect them to each other, and implement a wide range of linear optical transformations. Our work facilitates the development of large scale linear optical circuits for quantum optics.

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Accepted/In Press date: 17 July 2018
e-pub ahead of print date: 31 August 2018

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Local EPrints ID: 423035
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/423035
ISSN: 2334-2536
PURE UUID: e1a6da53-0eca-4ccf-bb1c-b0fb220c5b1c
ORCID for James Gates: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-8671-5987
ORCID for Peter Smith: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-0319-718X

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Date deposited: 10 Aug 2018 16:30
Last modified: 10 Dec 2019 05:17

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Author: Paolo Mennea
Author: William Clements
Author: Devin Smith
Author: James Gates ORCID iD
Author: Benjamin J. Metcalf
Author: Rex Bannerman
Author: Roel Burgwal
Author: Jelmer Renema
Author: W.Steven Kolthammer
Author: Ian A. Walmsley
Author: Peter Smith ORCID iD

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