Integrated transition edge sensors on lithium niobate waveguides
Thomas Gerrits, Adriana E. Lita, Richard P. Mirin, Sae Woo Nam, Jan P. Hoepker, Stephan Krapick, Harald Herrmann, Raimund Ricken, Victor Quiring, Christine Silberhorn, Tim J. Bartley
We show the proof-of-principle detection of light at 1550 nm coupled evanescently from a lithium niobate waveguide to a superconducting transition edge sensor. The coupling efficiency strongly depends on the polarization, the overlap between the evanescent filed, and the detector. We experimentally demonstrate polarization sensitivity of this coupling as well as photon-number resolution of the integrated detector. The combination of transition edge sensors and lithium niobate waveguides can open the field for a variety of new quantum optics experiments.