Integrated photonics is a powerful contender in the race for a fault-tolerant quantum computer, claiming to be a platform capable of scaling to the necessary number of qubits. This necessitates the use of high-quality quantum states, which we create here using an all-around high-performing photon source on an integrated photonics platform. We use a photonic molecule architecture and broadband directional couplers to protect against fabrication tolerances and ensure reliable operation. As a result, we simultaneously measure a spectral purity of 99.1 ± 0.1%, a pair generation rate of 4.4 ± 0.1 MHz mW−2, and an intrinsic source heralding efficiency of 94.0 ± 2.9%. We also see a maximum coincidence-to-accidental ratio of 1644 ± 263. We claim over an order of magnitude improvement in the trivariate trade-off among source heralding efficiency, purity, and brightness. Future implementations of the source could achieve in excess of 99% purity and heralding efficiency using the lowest reported propagation losses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1471-1477
Number of pages7
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2023

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