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Entangled photon-pair sources based on three-wave mixing in bulk crystals

: Anwar, A.; Perumangatt, C.; Steinlechner, F.; Jennewein, T.; Ling, A.


Review of scientific instruments 92 (2021), Nr.4, Art. 041101, 30 S.
ISSN: 0034-6748
ISSN: 1089-7623
Fraunhofer IOF ()
crystals; nonlinear optics; Photons; quantum communication; quantum entanglement

Entangled photon pairs are a critical resource in quantum communication protocols ranging from quantum key distribution to teleportation. The current workhorse technique for producing photon pairs is via spontaneous parametric down conversion (SPDC) in bulk nonlinear crystals. The increased prominence of quantum networks has led to a growing interest in deployable high performance entangled photon-pair sources. This manuscript provides a review of the state-of-the-art bulk-optics-based SPDC sources with continuous wave pump and discusses some of the main considerations when building for deployment.