Photon pair generation in hydrogenated amorphous silicon microring resonators

Lizzy Hemsley, Damien Bonneau, Jason Pelc, Ray Beasusoleil, Jeremy O'Brien, Mark Thompson

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We generate photon pairs in a-Si:H microrings using a CW pump, and find the Kerr coefficient of a-Si:H to be 3.73 ± 0.25 × 10−17m2/W. By measuring the Q factor with coupled power we find that the loss in the a-Si:H micro-rings scales linearly with power, and therefore cannot originate from two photon absorption. Theoretically comparing a-Si:H and c-Si micro-ring pair sources, we show that the high Kerr coefficient of this sample of a-Si:H is best utilized for microrings with Q factors below 103, but that for higher Q factor devices the photon pair rate is greatly suppressed due to the first order loss.
Original languageEnglish
Article number28908
Number of pages8
JournalScientific Reports
Publication statusPublished - 20 Dec 2016


  • Microresonators
  • Nonlinear optics
  • Quantum optics

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