Single-Photon Generation and Detection

Physics and Applications

Edited by

  • Alan Migdall, National Institute of Technology, Gaithersburg
  • Sergey Polyakov, NIST, Gaithersburg, MD
  • Jingyun Fan, NIST, Gaithersburg, MD
  • Joshua Bienfang, NIST, Gaithersburg, MD

Single-photon generation and detection is at the forefront of modern optical physics research. This book is intended to provide a comprehensive overview of the current status of single-photon techniques and research methods in the spectral region from the visible to the infrared. The use of single photons, produced on demand with well-defined quantum properties, offers an unprecedented set of capabilities that are central to the new area of quantum information and are of revolutionary importance in areas that range from the traditional, such as high sensitivity detection for astronomy, remote sensing, and medical diagnostics, to the exotic, such as secretive surveillance and very long communication links for data transmission on interplanetary missions. The goal of this volume is to provide researchers with a comprehensive overview of the technology and techniques that are available to enable them to better design an experimental plan for its intended purpose. The book will be broken into chapters focused specifically on the development and capabilities of the available detectors and sources to allow a comparative understanding to be developed by the reader along with and idea of how the field is progressing and what can be expected in the near future. Along with this technology, we will include chapters devoted to the applications of this technology, which is in fact much of the driver for its development. This is set to become the go-to reference for this field.
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Book information

  • Published: November 2013
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-387695-9

Table of Contents

Part I      
1 Introduction and history, Migdall, Cova, Polyakov and Fan
2 Photon statistics, measurements, and measurement tools, Stevens and Nam
Part II      
3 Photomultipliers, Kume and Fatlowitz
4 Semiconductor-based detectors,  Bienfang, Cova, Ghioni and Itzler
5 Novel semiconductor-based detectors, Mirin, Kwiat and Kim
6 Detectors based on thermal effects, Berggren and Nam
7 Hybrid detectors, Wong, Walmsley, Degiovanni, Polyakov and Migdall
8 Detector calibration,  Polyakov
9 Detection tomography,  Zhang, Walmsley, Coldenstrodt-Ronge and Datta
Part III      
10 Single-photon sources: dream and reality, Hughes
11 Atomic cascade sources,  Aspect and Grangier
12 Parametric down conversion, Christ, White, Fedrizzi, Jennewein, Huebel and Silberhorn
13 Four-wave mixing,  Rarity and Kumar
14 Isolated quantum systems; single emitters,  Solomon, Kuhn, Lounis, Shields, Roch and Jacques
15 Collectively enhanced Quantum Ensembles, Zhao and Pan