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  • 1.
    Elshaari, Ali W.
    et al.
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics.
    Buyukozer, Efe
    Swiss Fed Inst Technol, Dept Mech & Proc Engn, CH-8092 Zurich, Switzerland..
    Zadeh, Iman Esmaeil
    Delft Univ Technol, Opt Grp, NL-2628 CJ Delft, Netherlands..
    Lettner, Thomas
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics.
    Zhao, Peng
    Tsinghua Univ, Tsinghua Natl Lab Informat Sci & Technol, Dept Elect Engn, Beijing, Peoples R China..
    Schöll, Eva
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics.
    Gyger, Samuel
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics.
    Reimer, Michael E.
    Univ Waterloo, Inst Quantum Comp, Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1, Canada.;Univ Waterloo, Dept Elect & Comp Engn, Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1, Canada..
    Dalacu, Dan
    Natl Res Council Canada, Ottawa, ON K1A 0R6, Canada..
    Poole, Philip J.
    Natl Res Council Canada, Ottawa, ON K1A 0R6, Canada..
    Jöns, Klaus D.
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics.
    Zwiller, Val
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics.
    Strain-Tunable Quantum Integrated Photonics2018In: Nano letters (Print), ISSN 1530-6984, E-ISSN 1530-6992, Vol. 18, no 12, p. 7969-7976Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Semiconductor quantum dots are crucial parts of the photonic quantum technology toolbox because they show excellent single-photon emission properties in addition to their potential as solid-state qubits. Recently, there has been an increasing effort to deterministically integrate single semiconductor quantum dots into complex photonic circuits. Despite rapid progress in the field, it remains challenging to manipulate the optical properties of waveguide-integrated quantum emitters in a deterministic, reversible, and nonintrusive manner. Here we demonstrate a new class of hybrid quantum photonic circuits combining III V semiconductors, silicon nitride, and piezoelectric crystals. Using a combination of bottom-up, top-down, and nanomanipulation techniques, we realize strain tuning of a selected, waveguide-integrated, quantum emitter and a planar integrated optical resonator. Our findings are an important step toward realizing reconfigurable quantum-integrated photonics, with full control over the quantum sources and the photonic circuit.

  • 2.
    Schweickert, Lucas
    et al.
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics, Quantum and Biophotonics.
    Jöns, Klaus D.
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics, Quantum and Biophotonics.
    Lettner, Thomas
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics, Quantum and Biophotonics.
    Zeuner, Katharina
    Zichi, Julien
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics, Quantum and Biophotonics.
    Elshaari, Ali W.
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics, Quantum and Biophotonics.
    Fognini, A.
    Zadeh, I. E.
    Zwiller, Val
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics, Quantum and Biophotonics.
    Generating, manipulating and detecting quantum states of light at the nanoscale2018In: Optics InfoBase Conference Papers, OSA - The Optical Society , 2018Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We generate, manipulate and detect light at the single photon level with semiconducting and superconducting nanowires.

  • 3.
    Schweickert, Lucas
    et al.
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics, Quantum and Biophotonics.
    Jöns, Klaus D.
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics, Quantum and Biophotonics.
    Zeuner, Katharina
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics, Quantum and Biophotonics.
    da Silva, Saimon Filipe Covre
    Huang, Huiying
    Lettner, Thomas
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics, Quantum and Biophotonics.
    Reindl, Marcus
    Zichi, Julien
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics, Quantum and Biophotonics.
    Trotta, Rinaldo
    Rastelli, Armando
    Zwiller, Val
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics, Quantum and Biophotonics.
    On-demand generation of background-free single photons from a solid-state source2018In: Applied Physics Letters, ISSN 0003-6951, E-ISSN 1077-3118, Vol. 112, no 9, article id 093106Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    True on-demand high-repetition-rate single-photon sources are highly sought after for quantum information processing applications. However, any coherently driven two-level quantum system suffers from a finite re-excitation probability under pulsed excitation, causing undesirable multi-photon emission. Here, we present a solid-state source of on-demand single photons yielding a raw second-order coherence of g((2)) (0) = (7.5 +/- 1.6) x 10(-5) without any background subtraction or data processing. To this date, this is the lowest value of g((2)) (0) Peported for any single-photon source even compared to the previously reported best background subtracted values. We achieve this result on GaAs/AlGaAs quantum dots embedded in a low-Q planar cavity by employing (i) a two-photon excitation process and (ii) a filtering and detection setup featuring two superconducting single-photon detectors with ultralow dark-count rates of (0.0056 +/- 0.0007) s(-1) and (0.017 +/- 0.001) s(-1), respectively. Re-excitation processes are dramatically suppressed by (i), while (ii) removes false coincidences resulting in a negligibly low noise floor.

  • 4.
    Schöll, Eva
    et al.
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics, Quantum and Biophotonics.
    Hanschke, Lukas
    Tech Univ Munich, Walter Schottky Inst, D-85748 Garching, Germany.;Tech Univ Munich, Phys Dept, D-85748 Garching, Germany..
    Schweickert, Lucas
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics, Quantum and Biophotonics.
    Zeuner, Katharina D.
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics, Quantum and Biophotonics.
    Reindl, Marcus
    Johannes Kepler Univ Linz, Inst Semicond & Solid State Phys, A-4040 Linz, Austria..
    da Silva, Saimon Filipe Covre
    Johannes Kepler Univ Linz, Inst Semicond & Solid State Phys, A-4040 Linz, Austria..
    Lettner, Thomas
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics, Quantum and Biophotonics.
    Trotta, Rinaldo
    Sapienza Univ Roma, Dipartimento Fis, Piazzale A Moro 1, I-00185 Rome, Italy..
    Finley, Jonathan J.
    Tech Univ Munich, Walter Schottky Inst, D-85748 Garching, Germany.;Tech Univ Munich, Phys Dept, D-85748 Garching, Germany..
    Mueller, Kai
    Tech Univ Munich, Walter Schottky Inst, D-85748 Garching, Germany.;Tech Univ Munich, Phys Dept, D-85748 Garching, Germany..
    Rastelli, Armando
    Johannes Kepler Univ Linz, Inst Semicond & Solid State Phys, A-4040 Linz, Austria..
    Zwiller, Val
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics, Quantum and Biophotonics.
    Jöns, Klaus D.
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics, Quantum and Biophotonics.
    Resonance Fluorescence of GaAs Quantum Dots with Near-Unity Photon Indistinguishability2019In: Nano letters (Print), ISSN 1530-6984, E-ISSN 1530-6992, Vol. 19, no 4, p. 2404-2410Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Photonic quantum technologies call for scalable quantum light sources that can be integrated, while providing the end user with single and entangled photons on demand. One promising candidate is strain free GaAs/A1GaAs quantum dots obtained by aluminum droplet etching. Such quantum dots exhibit ultra low multi-photon probability and an unprecedented degree of photon pair entanglement. However, different to commonly studied InGaAs/GaAs quantum dots obtained by the Stranski-Krastanow mode, photons with a near-unity indistinguishability from these quantum emitters have proven to be elusive so far. Here, we show on-demand generation of near-unity indistinguishable photons from these quantum emitters by exploring pulsed resonance fluorescence. Given the short intrinsic lifetime of excitons and trions confined in the GaAs quantum dots, we show single photon indistinguishability with a raw visibility of V-raw = (95.0(-6.1)(+5.0))%, without the need for Purcell enhancement. Our results represent a milestone in the advance of GaAs quantum dots by demonstrating the final missing property standing in the way of using these emitters as a key component in quantum communication applications, e.g., as quantum light sources for quantum repeater architectures.

  • 5.
    Zeuner, Katharina D.
    et al.
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics.
    Paul, Matthias
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics.
    Lettner, Thomas
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics.
    Reuterskiold Hedlund, Carl
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Electronics.
    Schweickert, Lucas
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics.
    Steinhauer, Stephan
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics.
    Yang, Lily
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics.
    Zichi, Julien
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics.
    Hammar, Mattias
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Electronics.
    Jöns, Klaus D.
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics.
    Zwiller, Val
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics.
    A stable wavelength-tunable triggered source of single photons and cascaded photon pairs at the telecom C-band2018In: Applied Physics Letters, ISSN 0003-6951, E-ISSN 1077-3118, Vol. 112, no 17, article id 173102Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The implementation of fiber-based long-range quantum communication requires tunable sources of single photons at the telecom C-band. Stable and easy-to-implement wavelength-tunability of individual sources is crucial to (i) bring remote sources into resonance, (ii) define a wavelength standard, and (iii) ensure scalability to operate a quantum repeater. So far, the most promising sources for true, telecom single photons are semiconductor quantum dots, due to their ability to deterministically and reliably emit single and entangled photons. However, the required wavelength-tunability is hard to attain. Here, we show a stable wavelength-tunable quantum light source by integrating strain-released InAs quantum dots on piezoelectric substrates. We present triggered single-photon emission at 1.55 mu m with a multi-photon emission probability as low as 0.097, as well as photon pair emission from the radiative biexciton-exciton cascade. We achieve a tuning range of 0.25 nm which will allow us to spectrally overlap remote quantum dots or tuning distant quantum dots into resonance with quantum memories. This opens up realistic avenues for the implementation of photonic quantum information processing applications at telecom wavelengths. 

  • 6.
    Zichi, Julien
    et al.
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics, Quantum and Biophotonics.
    Chang, Chang
    Steinhauer, Stephan
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics, Quantum and Biophotonics.
    von Fieandt, Kristina
    Los, Johannes W. N.
    Visser, Gijs
    Kalhor, Nima
    Lettner, Thomas
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics, Quantum and Biophotonics.
    Elshaari, Ali W.
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics, Quantum and Biophotonics.
    Esmaeil Zadeh, Iman
    Zwiller, Val
    NbxTi1-xN low timing jitter single-photon detectors with unity internal detection efficiency at 1550 nmManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The requirements in quantum optics experiments for high single photon detectionefficiency, low timing jitter, low dark count rate and short dead time have been fulfilled withthe development of superconducting nanowire single photon detectors. Although they offer adetection efficiency above 90%, achieving a high time resolution in devices made ofamorphous materials is a challenge, particularly at temperatures above 0.8 K. Devices madefrom niobium nitride and niobium titanium nitride allow to reach the best timing jitter, but inturn have stronger requirements in terms of film quality to achieve a high efficiency. Here wetake advantage of the flexibility of reactive co-sputter deposition to tailor the composition ofNbxTi1-xN superconducting films, and show that a Nb fraction of x = 0.62 allows for thefabrication of detectors from films as thick as 9 nm and covering an active area of 20 μm,with a wide detection saturation plateau at telecom wavelengths and in particular at 1550 nm.This is a signature of an internal detection efficiency saturation, achieved while maintainingthe high time resolution associated with NbTiN and operation at 2.5K. With our optimizedrecipe, we reliably fabricated detectors with high critical current densities reaching asaturation plateau at 1550 nm with 80% system detection efficiency, and with a FWHMtiming jitter as low as 19.47 ps.

  • 7.
    Zichi, Julien
    et al.
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics, Quantum and Biophotonics.
    Chang, Jin
    Delft Univ Technol, Fac Appl Sci, ImPhys Dept, Opt Res Grp, Lorentzweg 1, NL-2628 CJ Delft, Netherlands..
    Steinhauer, Stephan
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics, Quantum and Biophotonics.
    Von Fieandt, Kristina
    Uppsala Univ, Angstrom Lab, Dept Chem, Inorgan Chem Res Programme, Box 538, SE-75121 Uppsala, Sweden..
    Los, Johannes W. N.
    Single Quantum BV, NL-2628 CH Delft, Netherlands..
    Visser, Gus
    Single Quantum BV, NL-2628 CH Delft, Netherlands..
    Kalhor, Nima
    Single Quantum BV, NL-2628 CH Delft, Netherlands..
    Lettner, Thomas
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics, Quantum and Biophotonics.
    Elshaari, Ali W.
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics, Quantum and Biophotonics.
    Zadeh, Iman Esmaeil
    Delft Univ Technol, Fac Appl Sci, ImPhys Dept, Opt Res Grp, Lorentzweg 1, NL-2628 CJ Delft, Netherlands..
    Zwiller, Val
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics, Quantum and Biophotonics. Single Quantum BV, NL-2628 CH Delft, Netherlands..
    Optimizing the stoichiometry of ultrathin NbTiN films for high-performance superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors2019In: Optics Express, ISSN 1094-4087, E-ISSN 1094-4087, Vol. 27, no 19, p. 26579-26587Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The requirements in quantum optics experiments for high single-photon detection efficiency. low timing jitter, low dark count rate and short dead time have been fulfilled with the development of superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors. Although they offer a detection efficiency above 90%, achieving a high time resolution in devices made of amorphous materials is a challenge, particularly at temperatures above 0.8 K. Devices made from niobium nitride and niobium titanium nitride allow us to reach the best timing jitter but. in turn, have stronger requirements in terms of film quality to achieve a high efficiency. Here we take advantage of the flexibility of reactive co-sputter deposition to tailor the composition of NbxTi1-xN superconducting films and show that a Nb fraction of x = 0.62 allows for the fabrication of detectors from films as thick as 9 nm and covering an active area of 20 mu m. with a wide detection saturation plateau at telecom wavelengths and in particular at 1550 nm. This is a signature of an internal detection efficiency saturation, achieved while maintaining the high time resolution associated with NbTiN and operation at 2.5K. With our optimized recipe, we reliably fabricated detectors with high critical current densities reaching a saturation plateau at 1550 nm with 80% system detection efficiency and with a FWHM timing jitter as low as 19.5 ps. Open Access Publishing Agreement

  • 8.
    Zichi, Julien
    et al.
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics, Quantum and Biophotonics.
    Yang, Lily
    Gyger, Samuel
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics, Quantum and Biophotonics.
    Lettner, Thomas
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics, Quantum and Biophotonics.
    Errando-Herranz, Carlos
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Micro and Nanosystems.
    Jöns, Klaus D.
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics, Quantum and Biophotonics.
    Baghban, Mohammad Amin
    Gallo, Katia
    Steinhauer, Stephan
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics, Quantum and Biophotonics.
    Zwiller, Val
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics, Quantum and Biophotonics.
    Heterogeneous integration of NbTiN by universal room temperature depositionManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Being the Nb-based compound with the highest known critical temperature, NbTiN is of particular interest for many applications. It is used in Josephson junctions for single flux quantum logic gates, as a superconducting electrode to contact semiconductor devices, and one important use is in superconducting nanowire single photon detectors. These detectors are the ideal candidate for on-chip integration in photonic circuits, offering near-unity detection efficiency, low noise and excellent time resolution, therefore it is desirable to implement them on a wide variety of platforms. However, it remains a challenge to deposit the superconducting material with a process suitable for heterogeneous integration, as the most widespread material, NbN, is associated with a deposition at a high temperature. Taking advantage of the possibility to deposit superconducting NbTiN with various stoichiometries by co-sputter deposition at room temperature, we demonstrate growth on six different substrates – silicon dioxide, silicon nitride, gallium arsenide, lithium niobate, [Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3]-x[PbTiO3] or PMN-PT, and aluminum nitride – in the same deposition run, and show that all the films exhibit superconducting properties with similar critical temperatures. We fabricated waveguide-compatible superconducting nanowire single photon detectors on five substrates, report short dead times for all devices with a narrow spread of performances, and discuss their different photon detection saturation behavior. Our method simplifies the fabrication of superconducting devices on a wide range of materials.

  • 9. Ziss, Dorian
    et al.
    Martin-Sanchez, Javier
    Lettner, Thomas
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics, Quantum Nano Photonics.
    Halilovic, Alma
    Trevisi, Giovanna
    Trotta, Rinaldo
    Rastelli, Armando
    Stangl, Julian
    Comparison of different bonding techniques for efficient strain transfer using piezoelectric actuators2017In: Journal of Applied Physics, ISSN 0021-8979, E-ISSN 1089-7550, Vol. 121, no 13, article id 135303Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this paper, strain transfer efficiencies from a single crystalline piezoelectric lead magnesium niobatelead titanate substrate to a GaAs semiconductor membrane bonded on top are investigated using state-of-the-art x-ray diffraction (XRD) techniques and finite-element-method (FEM) simulations. Two different bonding techniques are studied, namely, gold-thermo-compression and polymer-based SU8 bonding. Our results show a much higher strain-transfer for the "soft" SU8 bonding in comparison to the "hard" bonding via gold-thermo-compression. A comparison between the XRD results and FEM simulations allows us to explain this unexpected result with the presence of complex interface structures between the different layers.

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