Robust excitation of C-band quantum dots for quantum communication

Michal Vyvlecka (Corresponding author), Lennart Jehle (Corresponding author), Cornelius Nawrath, Francesco Giorgino, Mathieu Bozzio, Robert Sittig, Michael Jetter, Simone L. Portalupi, Peter Michler, Philip Walther

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Building a quantum internet requires efficient and reliable quantum hardware, from photonic sources to quantum repeaters and detectors, ideally operating at telecommunication wavelengths. Thanks to their high brightness and single-photon purity, quantum dot (QD) sources hold the promise to achieve high communication rates for quantum-secured network applications. Furthermore, it was recently shown that excitation schemes such as longitudinal acoustic phonon-assisted (LA) pumping provide security benefits by scrambling the coherence between the emitted photon-number states. In this work, we investigate further advantages of LA-pumped quantum dots with emission in the telecom C-band as a core hardware component of the quantum internet. We experimentally demonstrate how varying the pump power and spectral detuning with respect to the excitonic transition can improve quantum-secured communication rates and provide stable emission statistics regardless of network-environment fluctuations. These findings have significant implications for general implementations of QD single-photon sources in practical quantum communication networks.

Original languageEnglish
Article number174001
Number of pages7
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 23 Oct 2023

Austrian Fields of Science 2012

  • 103026 Quantum optics


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