Spectrally reconfigurable quantum emitters enabled by optimized fast modulation Journal Article uri icon



  • AbstractThe ability to shape photon emission facilitates strong photon-mediated interactions between disparate physical systems, thereby enabling applications in quantum information processing, simulation and communication. Spectral control in solid state platforms such as color centers, rare earth ions, and quantum dots is particularly attractive for realizing such applications on-chip. Here we propose the use of frequency-modulated optical transitions for spectral engineering of single photon emission. Using a scattering-matrix formalism, we find that a two-level system, when modulated faster than its optical lifetime, can be treated as a single-photon source with a widely reconfigurable photon spectrum that is amenable to standard numerical optimization techniques. To enable the experimental demonstration of this spectral control scheme, we investigate the Stark tuning properties of the silicon vacancy in silicon carbide, a color center with promise for optical quantum information processing technologies. We find that the silicon vacancy possesses excellent spectral stability and tuning characteristics, allowing us to probe its fast modulation regime, observe the theoretically-predicted two-photon correlations, and demonstrate spectral engineering. Our results suggest that frequency modulation is a powerful technique for the generation of new light states with unprecedented control over the spectral and temporal properties of single photons.

publication date

  • September 17, 2020

Date in CU Experts

  • January 13, 2021 6:29 AM

Full Author List

  • Lukin DM; White AD; Trivedi R; Guidry MA; Morioka N; Babin C; Soykal ├ľO; Ul-Hassan J; Son NT; Ohshima T

author count

  • 19

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Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2056-6387

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