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Opt Express. 2011 Jan 31;19(3):2670-5. doi: 10.1364/OE.19.002670.

Single-photon position to time multiplexing using a fiber array.

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  • 1SUPA, School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh EH14 4AS, UK.


A 1 x 8 fiber array is used as the front-end of a receiver system. Each channel has a different length of fiber, resulting in each channel signal arriving at the detector at a pre-determined interval relative to a constant repetitive frequency signal. We demonstrate that these eight channels can be efficiently coupled to an individual single-photon detector such that the arrival-time of a photon in each is distinguishable from the next. Thus, we demonstrate spatial position to time information exchange, resulting in a photon-counting array using a single detector. The receiver system could be implemented in numerous applications, including time-resolved photoluminescence, low-light level spectroscopy and quantum information processing.

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