Date of Award
Bachelor of Science
Physics and Astronomy
apparatus, developing, photon, report, single
We report our progress toward developing aparametric down conversion apparatus for studying single photon quantum optics in undergraduate laboratory classes, following the model of Galvez et al. . We pump a beta barium borate (BBO) crystal with a 405 nm diode laser to produce correlated pairs of singlephotons that we detect using avalanche photodiodes (APD). We can conduct coincidence and anticoincidence counts and a measurement of the degree of second-order coherence with the apparatus, and we report a g(2) < 1. We also discuss the headway towards developing a single-photon interferometer.
Dilorio, Stephen, "Developing a Parametric Downconversion Apparatus for Single-Photon Experiments in Quantum Optics" (2015). Honors Theses and Student Projects. 291.