Quantum optics

A brighter source of single photons

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Devices emitting one photon at a time are a key component for quantum applications ranging from secure communication to more efficient computation. Recent advances in semiconductor-based single-photon devices bring such applications closer to reality.

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Figure 1: Competing micropillar designs for a single-photon source.

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Santori, C. A brighter source of single photons. Nature Photon 1, 686–687 (2007) doi:10.1038/nphoton.2007.241

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