Electrically driven single-photon source

Zhiliang Yuan, Beata Kardynał, R. Mark Stevenson, Charlene Lobo, Ken Cooper, Neil Beattie, David Ritchie, Michael Pepper

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Electroluminescence from a single quantum dot within the intrinsic region of a p-i-n junction is shown to act as an electrically driven single-photon source. At low injection currents, the dot electroluminescence spectrum reveals a single sharp line due to exciton recombination, while another line due to the biexciton emerges at higher currents. The second-order correlation function of the diode displays anti-bunching under a continuous drive current. Single-photon emission is stimulated by subnanosecond voltage pulses. These results suggest that semiconductor technology can be used to mass-produce a single-photon source for applications in quantum information technology.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)102-105
Issue number5552
Publication statusPublished - 2002


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