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Integrated transition edge sensors on lithium niobate waveguides



Thomas Gerrits, Adriana Lita, Richard 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.
APL Photonics


single photon detectors, transition edge sensor, integrated photonics, quantum information, integrated optics, integrated superconducting detectors


Gerrits, T. , Lita, A. , Mirin, R. , Nam, S. , Hoepker, J. , Krapick, S. , Herrmann, H. , Ricken, R. , Quiring, V. , Silberhorn, C. and Bartley, T. (2019), Integrated transition edge sensors on lithium niobate waveguides, APL Photonics, [online], (Accessed April 19, 2024)
Created May 6, 2019, Updated October 12, 2021