Posted: Mar 09, 2018  
Scaling silicon quantum photonics technology(Nanowerk News) The realisation of controllable large quantum devices is key for the development of quantum technologies. 

Now a team of researchers from the University of Bristol, Peking University, Technical University of Denmark, ICFO Spain, PAS, University of Copenhagen and Dr. Jordi Tura from the Theory Division at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics has developed a largescale integrated siliconphotonics quantum circuit for the precise and general control of multidimensional entanglement.  
Integrated Quantum Photonics allows the routing and control of single particles of light with intrinsically high stability and precision, however to date it has been limited to smallscale demonstrations in which only a small number of components are integrated on a chip. It is thus in high demand to scale up the integrated photonic circuits and increase the complexity and computational power of modern quantum information processing technologies that would enable many revolutionary applications.  
An international team of researchers led by scientists from the Uni. of Bristol’s Quantum Engineering Technology Labs has demonstrated the first ever largescale integrated quantum photonic circuit, which can generate, control and analyze highdimensional entanglement with unprecedented high precision and generality. The quantum chip was realised using a scalable silicon photonics technology, similar to today’s electronic circuits, which would provide a path to manufacture massive components for the realization of a optical quantum computer.  
A largescale integrated siliconphotonic quantum circuit for controlling multidimensional entanglement. (© Science)  
The work, in collaboration with Peking University, Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Institut de Ciències Fotòniques (ICFO), Polish Academy of Sciences (PAS), University of Copenhagen and the Theory Division at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics (MPQ), has been published online by the journal Sience ("Multidimensional quantum entanglement with largescale integrated optics").  
Coherently and precisely controlling large quantum devices and complex multidimensional entanglement systems has been a challenging task owing to the complex interactions of correlated particles in large quantum systems. Significant progress towards largescale quantum systems has been recently reported in a variety of platforms including photons, superconductors, ions, dots and defects. In particular, photonics represent a system able to naturally encode and process multidimensional qudit states in photon’s different degrees of freedom.  
In this work, a programmable bipartite pathencoded multidimensional entangled system with dimension up to 15×15 is demonstrated, where each photon exists over 15 optical paths at the same time and the two photons are entangled with each other there. This multidimensional entanglement system is achieved by scaling up the siliconphotonics quantum circuits via a single chip integration of 550 optical components including 16 identical photonpair sources, 93 optical phaseshifters, 122 beamsplitters, among other optical elements.  
Lead author, Dr Jianwei Wang, said: “It is the maturity of today’s siliconphotonics that allows us to scale up the technology and reach a largescale integration of quantum circuits. This is the most beautiful thing of quantum photonics on silicon. As a result, our quantum chip allows us to, for the first time, reach the unprecedented high precision and universality of controlling multidimensional entanglement, a key factor in many quantum information tasks of computing and communication.”  
Dr Yunhong Ding from DTU added: “New technologies always enable new applications. The capabilities of our integrated technology allow us to observe highquality multidimensional quantum correlations including generalized Bell and EPR steering violations, and also to implement experimentally unexplored multidimensional quantum protocols: multidimensional randomness expansion and state selftesting.” Dr Jordi Tura from MPQ stated: "The degree of precision and control achieved with this technology has allowed us to test it against some of the most stringent quantum information protocols, such as selftesting or randomness expansion, which are possible only under very idealized experimental conditions."  
Professor Mark Thompson, the PI of the Bristol team, said: "The photonic circuits on silicon, the same material as used in our electronic circuits, allow the processing of information carried by a single particle of light. This silicon quantum photonics technologies are allowing us to scale up quantum devices and systems in an incredibly rapid speed, and in near future it would reach an integration of tens of thousands of elements on a single chip that can promise numerous quantum applications.” 
Source: MaxPlanckInstitut für Quantenoptik  
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