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Quantum description of timing jitter for single-photon ON-OFF detectors

Year: 2018

Authors: Gouzien É., Fedrici B., Zavatta A., Tanzilli S., D

Autors Affiliation: Université Côte d

Abstract: In the context of ultrafast quantum communication and random number generation, detection-timing jitter represents a strong limitation because it can introduce major time-tagging errors and affect the quality of time-correlated photon counting or quantum state engineering. Despite their importance in emerging photonic quantum technologies, no detector model including such effects has been developed so far. We propose here an operational theoretical model based on positive operator-valued measurements density formalism that is able to explicitly quantify the effect of timing jitter for a typical class of single-photon detector. We apply our model to some common experimental situations.

Journal/Review: PHYSICAL REVIEW A

Volume: 98 (1)      Pages from: 013833-1  to: 013833-5

More Information: Agence Nationale de la Recherche, ANR. Université Nice Sophia Antipolis, UNS. ANR-14-CE32-0019-03. ANR-17-CE30-0006-01. CONNEQT ANR-2011-EMMA-0002. – The authors acknowledge financial support from the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (SPOCQ ANR-14-CE32-0019-03, CONNEQT ANR-2011-EMMA-0002, HyLight ANR-17-CE30-0006-01). A.Z. acknowledges support from the CNR Short-Term Mobility Program and the Université Nice Sophia Antipolis for support through an invited professor fellowship. É.G. and B.F. contributed equally to this work.
KeyWords: Photons; Quantum communication; Random errors; Random number generation; Timing circuits; Timing jitter, Detector modeling; Positive-operator-valued measurements; Quantum description; Quantum technologies; Quantum-state engineering; Single-photon detectors; Theoretical modeling; Time correlated photon counting, Particle beams
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevA.98.013833

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