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A silicon-organic hybrid platform for quantum microwave-to-optical transduction

Authors
  • Witmer, Jeremy D.
  • McKenna, Timothy P.
  • Arrangoiz-Arriola, Patricio
  • Van Laer, Raphaël
  • Alex Wollack, E.
  • Lin, Francis
  • Jen, Alex K-Y
  • Luo, Jingdong
  • Safavi-Naeini, Amir H.
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2020
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1088/2058-9565/ab7eed
OAI: oai:archive.ugent.be:8676751
Source
Ghent University Institutional Archive
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Language
English
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Abstract

Low-loss fiber optic links have the potential to connect superconducting quantum processors together over long distances to form large scale quantum networks. A key component of these future networks is a quantum transducer that coherently and bidirectionally converts photons from microwave frequencies to optical frequencies. We present a platform for electro-optic photon conversion based on silicon-organic hybrid photonics. Our device combines high quality factor microwave and optical resonators with an electro-optic polymer cladding to perform microwave-to-optical photon conversion from 6.7 GHz to 193 THz (1558 nm). The device achieves an electro-optic coupling rate of 590 Hz in a millikelvin dilution refrigerator environment. We use an optical heterodyne measurement technique to demonstrate the single-sideband nature of the conversion with a selectivity of approximately 10 dB. We analyze the effects of stray light in our device and suggest ways in which this can be mitigated. Finally, we present initial results on high-impedance spiral resonators designed to increase the electro-optic coupling.

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