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Glass integrated photonics for quantum technology

Glass integrated photonics for quantum technology
Glass integrated photonics for quantum technology
The emerging field of quantum technologies requires a range of photonic devices, many with demanding specifications. The area of quantum information processing requires scaling in order to increase the complexity of experiments, this has led researchers towards integrated photonic platforms. The key property of these single photon devices is low-loss operation and as a consequence glass and silica devices have been a dominant platform. Whereas atom chip sensors require stable compact systems for converting optical fibre modes to free space beams for atom trapping.
In this talk I will present the photonic engineering undertaken at the University of Southampton to fabricate devices for the quantum technology community. The key fabrication approach is a direct UV writing technique, where a UV laser beam is used to define waveguides, splitters/couplers, Bragg gratings and 2D tilted gratings. The fabricated devices include cascaded arrays of Mach-Zehnder interferometers to preform photon-photon interactions, single photon sources via spontaneous four-wave mixing, integrated superconducting single photon detectors and 2D diffraction gratings. In addition to the inscription method I will describe the fabrication of the substrates required for the UV writing process which are generated via Flame Hydrolysis Deposition.
I will discuss our most recent work on single photon linear optical networks constructed from a number of identical reconfigurable modules. The modules are characterised separately to produce an accurate model of the network and the cellular approach permits the replacement of modules that are deficient. Each module comprises of an array of 10 Mach-Zehnder interferometers with 40 thermo-optic phase shifters on each chip that control both the amplitude and phase of the optical modes. By concatenating modules any arbitrary N ×N unitary network can be realised.
The channel waveguides are engineered to be mode matched to standard optical fibre producing excellent coupling efficiency. I will present our recent work in this area and other photonic devices for the field of quantum technology.
Gates, James
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Gates, James
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Gates, James (2019) Glass integrated photonics for quantum technology. PIERS 2019: Progress In Electromagnetics Research Symposium, Italy. 17 - 20 Jun 2019.

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Abstract

The emerging field of quantum technologies requires a range of photonic devices, many with demanding specifications. The area of quantum information processing requires scaling in order to increase the complexity of experiments, this has led researchers towards integrated photonic platforms. The key property of these single photon devices is low-loss operation and as a consequence glass and silica devices have been a dominant platform. Whereas atom chip sensors require stable compact systems for converting optical fibre modes to free space beams for atom trapping.
In this talk I will present the photonic engineering undertaken at the University of Southampton to fabricate devices for the quantum technology community. The key fabrication approach is a direct UV writing technique, where a UV laser beam is used to define waveguides, splitters/couplers, Bragg gratings and 2D tilted gratings. The fabricated devices include cascaded arrays of Mach-Zehnder interferometers to preform photon-photon interactions, single photon sources via spontaneous four-wave mixing, integrated superconducting single photon detectors and 2D diffraction gratings. In addition to the inscription method I will describe the fabrication of the substrates required for the UV writing process which are generated via Flame Hydrolysis Deposition.
I will discuss our most recent work on single photon linear optical networks constructed from a number of identical reconfigurable modules. The modules are characterised separately to produce an accurate model of the network and the cellular approach permits the replacement of modules that are deficient. Each module comprises of an array of 10 Mach-Zehnder interferometers with 40 thermo-optic phase shifters on each chip that control both the amplitude and phase of the optical modes. By concatenating modules any arbitrary N ×N unitary network can be realised.
The channel waveguides are engineered to be mode matched to standard optical fibre producing excellent coupling efficiency. I will present our recent work in this area and other photonic devices for the field of quantum technology.

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Published date: 2019
Venue - Dates: PIERS 2019: Progress In Electromagnetics Research Symposium, Italy, 2019-06-17 - 2019-06-20

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Local EPrints ID: 437829
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/437829
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ORCID for James Gates: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-8671-5987

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Last modified: 20 Feb 2020 01:27

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