Volume 69, Number 6, March 2005
|Page(s)||945 - 951|
|Section||Electromagnetism, optics, acoustics, heat transfer, classical mechanics, and fluid dynamics|
|Published online||23 February 2005|
Single photons on demand from 3D photonic band-gap structures
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology Pasadena, CA 91109, USA
2 QOLS, Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College London Prince Consort Road, London SW7 2BW, UK
3 Institut für Experimentalphysik, Universität Innsbruck Technikerstr. 25, A-6020 Innsbruck, Austria
4 Hearne Institute for Theoretical Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy Louisiana State University - 202 Nicholson Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803, USA
Corresponding author: Marian.Florescu@jpl.nasa.gov
Accepted: 28 January 2005
We describe a practical implementation of a (semi-deterministic) photon gun based on stimulated Raman adiabatic passage pumping and the strong enhancement of the photonic density of states in a photonic band-gap material. We show that this device allows deterministic and unidirectional production of single photons with a high repetition rate of the order of 100. We also discuss specific 3D photonic micro-structure architectures in which our model can be realized and the feasibility of implementing such a device using ions that produce single photons at the telecommunication wavelength of 1.55.
PACS: 42.70.Qs – Photonic bandgap materials / 42.50.Dv – Nonclassical states of the electromagnetic field, including entangled photon states; quantum state engineering and measurements / 03.67.Dd – Quantum cryptography
© EDP Sciences, 2005
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