Real-time spectral characterization of a photon pair source using a chirped supercontinuum seed

Real-time spectral characterization of a photon pair source using a chirped supercontinuum seed

New article in Optics Letters.

Jennifer Erskine, Duncan England, Connor Kupchak, and Benjamin Sussman

Optics Letters Vol. 43, Issue 4, pp. 907-910 (2018)

https://doi.org/10.1364/OL.43.000907

Photon pair sources have wide ranging applications in a variety of quantum photonic experiments and protocols. Many of these protocols require well controlled spectral correlations between the two output photons. However, due to low cross-sections, measuring the joint spectral properties of photon pair sources has historically been a challenging and time-consuming task. Here, we present an approach for the real-time measurement of the joint spectral properties of a fiber-based four wave mixing source. We seed the four wave mixing process using a broadband chirped pulse, studying the stimulated process to extract information regarding the spontaneous process. In addition, we compare stimulated emission measurements with the spontaneous process to confirm the technique’s validity. Joint spectral measurements have taken many hours historically and several minutes with recent techniques. Here, measurements have been demonstrated in 5–30 s depending on resolution, offering substantial improvement. Additional benefits of this approach include flexible resolution, large measurement bandwidth, and reduced experimental overhead.

 

Bootstrapping (Ultrafast) Photoionization Dynamics – PQE 2018 (extended) video

Bootstrapping (Ultrafast) Photoionization Dynamics – PQE 2018 (extended) video

Bootstrapping (Ultrafast) Photoionization Dynamics – PQE 2018 (extended) from femtolab.ca on Vimeo.

Talk originally given as a 20min presentation at PQE 2018 (Snowbird, Utah, http://pqeconference.com/pqe2018/program). The original talk was not recorded; this is an extended version using the same slides, but with rather more introductory discussion. The abstract is given below, along with links to additional material.

More details of the work discussed in the main part of the talk can be found in:
Molecular Frame Reconstruction Using Time-Domain Photoionization Interferometry.
Marceau et. al., Physical Review Letters, 119(8), 83401 (2017).
http://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.119.083401

arXiv 1701.08432 (https://arxiv.org/abs/1701.08432).

Full docs, data & code repository: https://dx.doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.4480349

Slides: https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.5645509

For further info on the upcoming book Quantum Metrology with Photoelectrons: https://osf.io/q2v3g/

For those curious about the term bootstrapping, see Wikipedia

PQE 2018 Abstract

Bootstrapping (Ultrafast) Photoionization Dynamics
Slot: Tuesday Morning Invited Session 1
Session: Ultrafast photoionization dynamics

Photoionization is an interferometric process, in which multiple paths can contribute to the final continuum photoelectron state. At the simplest level, interferences between different final angular momentum states are clearly manifest in the energy and angle resolved photoelectron spectra; metrology schemes making use of these interferograms are thus phase-sensitive, and provide a powerful route to detailed understanding of photoionization.

The high information content of angle-resolved interferograms, combined with geometric control over the photoionization dynamics, can provide sufficient data for reconstruction of the continuum state, in terms of the constituent partial waves and phases. This has recently been explored for a range of cases, including the use of ultrafast pump-probe schemes with a bootstrapping analysis methodology: aspects of this work will be presented.

DOI: 10.6084/m9.figshare.5645509

Refs
Molecular Frame Reconstruction Using Time-Domain Photoionization Interferometry
Marceau, C., Makhija, V., Platzer, D., Naumov, A. Y., Corkum, P. B., Stolow, A., Villeneuve, D. M., Hockett, P. (2017). Physical Review Letters, 119(8), 83401. http://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.119.083401

Coherent control of photoelectron wavepacket angular interferograms.
Hockett, P., Wollenhaupt, M., & Baumert, T. (2015). Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, 48(21), 214004. http://doi.org/10.1088/0953-4075/48/21/214004

Complete Photoionization Experiments via Ultrafast Coherent Control with Polarization Multiplexing.
Hockett, P., Wollenhaupt, M., Lux, C., & Baumert, T. (2014). Physical Review Letters, 112(22), 223001. http://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.112.223001

Coherent imaging of an attosecond electron wave packet.
Villeneuve, D. M., Hockett, P., Vrakking, M. J. J., & Niikura, H. (2017). Science, 356(6343), 1150–1153. http://doi.org/10.1126/science.aam8393

Time-bin-to-polarization conversion of ultrafast photonic qubits

Time-bin-to-polarization conversion of ultrafast photonic qubits

Connor Kupchak, Philip J. Bustard, Khabat Heshami, Jennifer Erskine, Michael Spanner, Duncan G. England, and Benjamin J. Sussman
Phys. Rev. A 96, 053812 – Published 6 November 2017

The encoding of quantum information in photonic time-bin qubits is apt for long-distance quantum communication schemes. In practice, due to technical constraints such as detector response time, or the speed with which copolarized time-bins can be switched, other encodings, e.g., polarization, are often preferred for operations like state detection. Here, we present the conversion of qubits between polarization and time-bin encodings by using a method that is based on an ultrafast optical Kerr shutter and attain efficiencies of 97% and an average fidelity of 0.827±0.003 with shutter speeds near 1 ps. Our demonstration delineates an essential requirement for the development of hybrid and high-rate optical quantum networks.

Quantum Metrology with Photoelectrons (book)

Quantum Metrology with Photoelectrons (book)

Book for IOP Concise Physics series, due early 2018

Dr. Paul Hockett

National Research Council of Canada

Online resources

OSF project (ID: q2v3g) with interactive content and additional resources

femtolab.ca website, posts tagged “metrology-book”

femtolab.ca website, posts tagged “video”

Abstract

Photoionization is an interferometric process, in which multiple paths can contribute to the final continuum photoelectron wavefunction. At the simplest level, interferences between different final angular momentum states are manifest in the energy and angle resolved photoelectron spectra: metrology schemes making use of these interferograms are thus phase-sensitive, and provide a powerful route to detailed understanding of photoionization. In these cases, the continuum wavefunction (and underlying scattering dynamics) can be characterised. At a more complex level, such measurements can also provide a powerful probe for other processes of interest, leading to a more general class of quantum metrology built on phase-sensitive photoelectron imaging.  Since the turn of the century, the increasing availability of photoelectron imaging experiments, along with the increasing sophistication of experimental techniques, and the availability of computational resources for analysis and numerics, has allowed for significant developments in such photoelectron metrology: this book aims to discuss the fundamental concepts along with recent and emerging applications.

 

Bootstrapping to the Molecular Frame with Time-domain Photoionization Interferometry

Bootstrapping to the Molecular Frame with Time-domain Photoionization Interferometry

Update Jan 2018 – a presentation covering this work was given at the PQE conference, video and slides are available online.

Update August 2017 – this article is now published in PRL, under the alternative title Molecular Frame Reconstruction Using Time-Domain Photoionization Interferometry.
Phys. Rev. Lett. 119, 083401 (2017), DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.119.083401

(Feb 2017) New manuscript on the arxiv:

Bootstrapping to the Molecular Frame with Time-domain Photoionization Interferometry

 

Photoionization of molecular species is, essentially, a multi-path interferometer with both experimentally controllable and intrinsic molecular characteristics. In this work, XUV photoionization of impulsively aligned molecular targets (N2) is used to provide a time-domain route to “complete” photoionization experiments, in which the rotational wavepacket controls the geometric part of the photoionization interferometer. The data obtained is sufficient to determine the magnitudes and phases of the ionization matrix elements for all observed channels, and to reconstruct molecular frame interferograms from lab frame measurements. In principle this methodology provides a time-domain route to complete photoionization experiments, and the molecular frame, which is generally applicable to any molecule (no prerequisites), for all energies and ionization channels.

arxiv 1701.08432 (2017)

Supplementary material (theory, data and code) available at DOI: 10.6084/m9.figshare.4480349.

Polarisation entanglement storage in Diamond

Polarisation entanglement storage in Diamond

New manuscript in PRA:

Storage of polarization-entangled qubits in Diamond 

Kent Fisher, Duncan England, JP MacLean, Philip Bustard, Khabat Heshami, Kevin Resch and Ben Sussman

Bulk diamond phonons have been shown to be a versatile platform for the generation, storage, and manipulation of high-bandwidth quantum states of light. Here we demonstrate a diamond quantum memory that stores, and releases on demand, an arbitrarily polarized 250 fs duration photonic qubit. The single-mode nature of the memory is overcome by mapping the two degrees of polarization of the qubit, via Raman transitions, onto two spatially distinct optical phonon modes located in the same diamond crystal. The two modes are coherently recombined upon retrieval and quantum process tomography confirms that the memory faithfully reproduces the input state with average fidelity 0.784±0.004 with a total memory efficiency of (0.76±0.03)%. In an additional demonstration, one photon of a polarization-entangled pair is stored in the memory. We report that entanglement persists in the retrieved state for up to 1.3 ps of storage time. These results demonstrate that the diamond phonon platform can be used in concert with polarization qubits, a key requirement for polarization-encoded photonic processing.

 

 

Broadband quantum frequency conversion

Broadband quantum frequency conversion

New manuscript in PRA:

Quantum frequency conversion with ultra-broadband tuning in a Raman memory

Philip Bustard, Duncan England, Khabat Heshami, Connor Kupchak and Ben Sussman

Quantum frequency conversion is a powerful tool for the construction of hybrid quantum photonic technologies. Raman quantum memories are a promising method of conversion due to their broad bandwidths. Here we demonstrate frequency conversion of THz-bandwidth, fs-duration photons at the single-photon level using a Raman quantum memory based on the rotational levels of hydrogen molecules. We shift photons from 765 nm to wavelengths spanning from 673 to 590 nm—an absolute shift of up to 116 THz. We measure total conversion efficiencies of up to 10% and a maximum signal-to-noise ratio of 4.0(1):1, giving an expected conditional fidelity of 0.75, which exceeds the classical threshold of 2/3. Thermal noise could be eliminated by cooling with liquid nitrogen, giving noiseless conversion with wide tunability in the visible and infrared.