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C06: Integrated measurement-induced nonlinearity with superconducting detectors

M. Sc. Jan Philipp Höpker
Sketch of a complex optical circuit including different devices as couplers, modulators and on-chip detectors.

Jan Philipp Höpker, AG Bartley:

What is the challenge of my research project? Why did I choose this project?
Since the time during my Bachelor thesis, I was interested in the field of applied optics and moved even further into the quantum optics world towards the end of my studies. Within the project C06 I can explore new interesting features of light.

Single photons, the smallest units of light, provide a very powerful and versatile toolbox for fundamental research in quantum mechanics, quantum computation, and quantum communication. Of course, measurements of single photons play a key role in this field and extending the abilities of single photon detection is a fascinating topic. The focus of my research is the combination of an integrated optics toolbox which provides complex circutry and nonlinear optics and the best single photon detectors working at cryogenic temperatures for new, exciting experiments.