KIP publications

year 2022
author(s) Preuß J A, Gehring H, Schmidt R, Jin L, Wendland D, Kern J, Pernice W H P, de Vasconcellos S M, Bratschitsch R
title Low-Divergence hBN Single-Photon Source with a 3D-Printed Low-Fluorescence Elliptical Polymer Microlens
KIP-Nummer HD-KIP 23-15
KIP-Gruppe(n) F31
document type Paper
source Nano Lett. 23(2): 407-413
doi 10.1021/acs.nanolett.2c03001
Abstract (en)

Efficiently collecting light from single-photon emitters is crucial for photonic quantum technologies. Here, we develop and use an ultralow fluorescence photopolymer to three-dimensionally print micrometer-sized elliptical lenses on individual precharacterized single-photon emitters in hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) nanocrystals, operating in the visible regime. The elliptical lens design beams the light highly efficiently into the far field, rendering bulky objective lenses obsolete. Using back focal plane imaging, we confirm that the emission is collimated to a narrow low-divergence beam with a half width at half-maximum of 2.2°. Using photon correlation measurements, we demonstrate that the single-photon character remains undisturbed by the polymer lens. The strongly directed emission and increased collection efficiency is highly beneficial for quantum optical experiments. Furthermore, our approach paves the way for a highly parallel fiber-based detection of single photons from hBN nanocrystals.

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