Ion-Photon Interfaces for Quantum Networks


Speaker: Matthias Keller
When: Jan. 17 2018 17:15
Where: Lecture Hall C - Technikerstr. 25

The complementary benefits of trapped ions and photons as carriers of quantum information make it appealing to combine them in a joint system. Ions provide low decoherence rates, long storage times and high readout efficiency, while photons are ideal candidates for the transmission of quantum states over long distances. To interface the quantum states of ions and photons efficiently, we use calcium ions coupled to an optical high-finesse cavity via a Raman transition. To achieve strong ion-cavity coupling we employ fibre tip cavities integrated into the electrodes of an endcap style ion trap. With a cavity length of 380 mm the resulting ion-cavity coupling strength is 17 MHz with a cavity line width of 8 MHz. We trap single calcium ions with a life time of several hours and have optimised the ion-cavity overlap to observe the interaction of the cavity with the ion. While fibre cavities are ideal tools for ion-photon interfaces the limited coupling between the cavity mode and the fibre mode poses severe limitations on their usability in efficient quantum interfaces. We have developed a system to integrate mode matching optics into a fibre system and have demonstrated a mode matching between cavity and fibre on the order of 90%. In another experiment we have demonstrated the quantum frequency conversion of single photons from an ion-cavity system from a wavelength of 866nm to the telecom wavelength of 1550nm. The quantum nature of the single photon emission is well preserved and we have demonstrated the transmission of frequency converted single photons over a 10km long optical fibre.

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