Master projects 2019
Deterministic generation of entangled photons
Device-independent cryptography achieves unbreakable security by exploiting quantum correlations (e.g. entanglement) between the sender and the receiver. The practical implementation of such protocols requires efficient and high-fidelity entangled photon sources. Solid state emitters are the way forward for efficient quantum light generation due to the possibility to integrate them into a nanophotonic structure. Recent demonstrations of high-fidelity (> 97%) polarization entanglement using the biexciton cascade in GaAs/AlGaAs quantum dots open exciting route for deterministic entanglement generation. The project will deal with several aspects of the nanophotonic interfacing of these quantum dots including: 1) Efficient preparation of the quantum dot, 2) Extraction of entangled photon pairs and state tomography, 3) Sources of noise limiting the entanglement fidelity, 4) near-future applications of the entangled photons for cryptography. For more information, contact Dr. Ravitej Uppu (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Coherent single photons: Interfacing with memories
The distribution of quantum states across nodes in a quantum network is the key requirement for secure communication and distributed computing. A typical quantum network will involve interfacing disparate qubits (matter, photon, spin, etc.) to ensure maximum efficiency. Photons are robust carriers of information and hence are critical for interconnection. The disparity between the frequency and bandwidth across the qubits pose challenges in the interconnection. Efficiently crafting the bandwidth of the photon is the key enabler for photonic interconnects. Quantum dot single photon sources typically generate photons with GHz bandwidth. Efficient interfacing of photons with quantum memories (holding time ~ 0.1 – 1 us) requires ~10 MHz bandwidth. A promising way forward to achieve such coherent single photons is through Raman processes in a Λ system. The project will deal with coherent photon generation using one of the Λ-systems of a trion in a InAs quantum dot. Key aspects: 1) Branching ratio and limits on the bandwidth of photons, 2) Generation and characterization 3) Pulse shaping for bandwidth manipulation. For more information, contact Dr. Ravitej Uppu (email@example.com).
Nonlinear chiral quantum optics
Chiral quantum light-matter interactions are a recently discovered consequence of using nanophotonic platforms for quantum optical experiments. In chiral scenarios, the light-matter interaction is strongly directional, meaning that the interaction of photons with a quantum dot strongly depends on which way they travel, allowing for the design of novel and non-reciprocal quantum devices. Within this project, we will explore the nonlinearity of such chiral quantum interactions, using a blend of numerical modelling and optical experiments. For more information, contact Asst. Prof. Nir Rotenberg (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Giant cooperativity in planar structures
Cooperativity is a fundamental property within quantum optics that captures the strength of the coupling between light (photons) and matter (quantum emitters). Within this project, we wish to enhance this cooperativity using resonant, planar nanophotonic structures, thereby setting the stage for the creation of efficient and complex quantum architecture. For more information, contact Asst. Prof. Nir Rotenberg (email@example.com).
Multicolour quantum optics
Quantum emitters such as quantum dots are inherently nonlinear at the ultimate, low-energy limit; after all, they can only absorb a single photon at a time. This inherently large nonlinearity means that the interaction of a single emitter with a single photon can be significantly tuned by a single, control photon. Within this project, we will model this multicolour nonlinear interaction and search for signatures of our model in optical experiments. For more information, contact Asst. Prof. Nir Rotenberg (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Topological quantum photonics
Topological photonic edge states, which exist at the interface between especially engineered photonic crystals, have recently been shown to guide photons emitted by a single quantum dot. This has generated considerable excitement within the quantum photonics community as these edge modes are protected from backscattering due to defects or fabrication imperfections and, additionally, allow for directional and non-reciprocal light-matter interactions. Within this project, we will study quantum light-matter interactions with topological edge-states using numerical modelling techniques. For more information, contact Asst. Prof. Nir Rotenberg (email@example.com).
Scalable chip-to-fiber coupling
The project aims at building an off-chip fiber delay based on optical fibers. Off-chip fiber delays are key ingredients for performing advanced quantum protocols and emitter de-multiplexing. Based on our state-of-the-art chip-to-fiber couplers, we are planning to couple multiple fibers to nanophotonic waveguides using matrix arrays. The project involves building/adapting a room-temperature setup for aligning and bonding chips to matrix arrays, perform numerical simulations of the optimal power transfer to fibers, design and (optionally) fabricate the chip and measure it in the lab. For more information, contact Asst. Prof. Leonardo Midolo (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Resonance fluorescence and Purcell enhancement
The goal is to design a device that enables a scheme for resonantly driving an emitter inside a cavity. There are different strategies that involve combining a tunable cavity and a waveguide-based resonant excitation scheme. The project involves numerical simulations of the device to improve the extinction between the pump laser and the emitted photons. The device is then characterized in the lab. Optionally, the student has the possibility to get training to the cleanroom and fabricate the sample. For more information, contact Asst. Prof. Leonardo Midolo (email@example.com).
Electro-optical routing of single-photons
Design a waveguide-based electro-optic switch operating at >10 MHz for fast optical routing of photons. The router is key to implement protocols for de-multiplexing single-photons. Based on our recent results in electro-optic routing technology, we plan to build an integrated Mach-Zehnder interferometer with embedded phase shifters. The project involves the design, fabrication, and characterization of the device. An interest in acquiring nanofabrication skills is preferred. For more information, contact Asst. Prof. Leonardo Midolo (firstname.lastname@example.org).