Personal Satellite Services. Second International ICST Confernce, PSATS 2010, Rome, Italy, February 2010 Revised Selected Papers

Research Article

100 MHz Amplitude and Polarization Modulated Optical Source for Free-Space Quantum Communications at 850 nm

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-642-13618-4_22,
        author={M. Jofre and A. Gardelein and G. Anzolin and G. Molina-Terriza and J. Torres and M. Mitchell and V. Pruneri},
        title={100 MHz Amplitude and Polarization Modulated Optical Source for Free-Space Quantum Communications at 850 nm},
        proceedings={Personal Satellite Services. Second International ICST Confernce, PSATS 2010, Rome, Italy, February 2010 Revised Selected Papers},
        proceedings_a={PSATS},
        year={2012},
        month={5},
        keywords={Free-space optical communications quantum communications quantum cryptography faint pulse source},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-642-13618-4_22}
    }
    
  • M. Jofre
    A. Gardelein
    G. Anzolin
    G. Molina-Terriza
    J. Torres
    M. Mitchell
    V. Pruneri
    Year: 2012
    100 MHz Amplitude and Polarization Modulated Optical Source for Free-Space Quantum Communications at 850 nm
    PSATS
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-13618-4_22
M. Jofre1,*, A. Gardelein1, G. Anzolin1, G. Molina-Terriza, J. Torres, M. Mitchell1, V. Pruneri
  • 1: Mediterranean Technology Park
*Contact email: marc.jofre@icfo.es

Abstract

We report on an 100 MHz repetition rate integrated photonic transmitter at 850 nm with arbitrary amplitude and polarization modulation. The source is suitable for free-space quantum communication links, in particular for quantum key distribution applications. The whole transmitter, with the optical and electronic components integrated, has reduced size and power consumption. In addition, the optoelectronic components forming the transmitter can be space-qualified, making it suitable for satellite and future space missions.