On-chip frequency combs and telecommunications signal processing meet quantum optics

Christian Reimer, Yanbing Zhang, Piotr Roztocki, Stefania Sciara, Luis Romero Cortés, Mehedi Islam, Bennet Fischer, Benjamin Wetzel, Alfonso Cino, Sai T. Chu, Brent Little, David Moss, Lucia Caspani, José Azaña, Michael Kues, Roberto Morandotti

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Entangled optical quantum states are essential towards solving questions in fundamental physics and are at the heart of applications in quantum information science. For advancing the research and development of quantum technologies, practical access to the generation and manipulation of photon states carrying significant quantum resources is required. Recently, integrated photonics has become a leading platform for the compact and costefficient generation and processing of optical quantum states. Despite significant advances, most on-chip nonclassical light sources are still limited to basic bi-photon systems formed by two-dimensional states (i.e. qubits). An interesting approach bearing large potential is the use of the time or frequency domain to enabled the scalable onchip generation of complex states. In this manuscript, we review recent efforts in using on-chip optical frequency combs for quantum state generation and telecommunications components for their coherent control. In particular, the generation of bi- and multi-photon entangled qubit states has been demonstrated, based on a discrete time domain approach. Moreover, the on-chip generation of high-dimensional entangled states (quDits) has recently been realized, wherein the photons are created in a coherent superposition of multiple pure frequency modes. The timeand frequency-domain states formed with on-chip frequency comb sources were coherently manipulated via off-theshelf telecommunications components. Our results suggest that microcavity-based entangled photon states and their coherent control using accessible telecommunication infrastructures can open up new venues for scalable quantum information science.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)134-147
Number of pages14
JournalFrontiers of Optoelectronics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jun 2018


  • photonics
  • bi-photon systems
  • scalable onchip generation
  • on-chip optical frequency combs
  • quantum state generation
  • telecommunications components


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